Archive for the ‘Press Releases’ Category

IUSW condemns Women’s Equality Party’s harmful choice to seek criminalisation of commercial sex

Tuesday, October 20th, 2015

Today the Women’s Equality Party declared support for the “Swedish model” of criminalising people who pay for sex. It is unclear if the Women’s Equality Party is unaware of the growing body of evidence that the “Swedish model” endangers people who sell sex and impedes effective strategies against HIV and other public health risks or […]

We welcome Amnesty International’s Decision to Adopt Policy on the Human Rights of Sex Workers

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

Press release from The International Union of Sex Workers on Amnesty International’s Decision to Adopt Policy on the Human Rights of Sex Workers 12 August 2015   The IUSW is deeply grateful to Amnesty International for adopting policy to protect the human rights of sex workers. In doing so, Amnesty has listened to hundreds of […]

Police take action against Birmingham brothels.

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

Cross posted from the English Collective of Prostitutes. Please read and be very afraid of the actions police can take to the detriment of our safety. West Midlands police claim to have “rescued five women believed to be sex trafficking victims” during raids on “suspected brothels” in Birmingham. Closure orders[1] have been used against over […]

Policing and policy on prostitution during London 2012 Olympics: “Harm Was Done”

Monday, December 17th, 2012

On this International Day to end violence against sex workers, the IUSW publish a number interviews from sex work projects which show how the policies around the Olympics were a hindrance in protecting sex workers.

Laura Lee and Lord Morrow on BBC Spotlight argue about criminalising clients

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

Lord Morrow would like to criminalise sex workers clients, and impoverish end endanger the vulnerable in society.  This BBC Northern Ireland  put the the case for and against the criminalisation of sex workers clients.  Laura Lee was interviewed for this 30 minute television documentary.   Part 1   Part 2   Part 3

Lord Morrow and Laura Lee discuss criminalising the purchase of sex on BBC Ulster

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

Today Laura Lee and Lord Morrow appeared on the Nolan show discussing the legislation Lord Morrow is proposing concerning trafficking.  Many aspects of Lord Morrows’s legislation on trafficking are welcome, but he falls into the trap of conflating sex work with trafficking.  He even starts quoting the UN on sexwork, he should look carefully at […]

Lets get to Work

Saturday, October 20th, 2012

Rhoda Grant MSP believes that ‘prostitution in Scotland is a form of sexual violence against women and sexual exploitation.’ She believes that ‘prostitution is inherently harmful and dehumanising’ and that ‘the majority of those who are involved in prostitution are unwilling participants.’ She is proposing to make it illegal to purchase sex in Scotland. Now, […]

In support of Irish sexworkers in their hour of need

Thursday, October 18th, 2012

Ground-breaking trial redefines obscenity law.

Saturday, January 7th, 2012

7th January 2012 For immediate release. Ground-breaking trial redefines obscenity law.  The International Union of Sex Workers is delighted by the unanimous verdicts of “not guilty” on all counts in the trial of Michael Peacock that concluded at Southwark Crown Court on Friday 6th January. Michael’s courage and determination in pursuing this case was the […]

The Home Office to fund a UK wide Ugly Mugs scheme

Saturday, December 17th, 2011

The International Union of Sex Workers warmly welcomes the Home Office announcement of funds for a pilot scheme UK wide Ugly Mugs scheme, to be run by the UK Network of Sex Work Projects and launched in spring 2012. While sex workers are criminalised for working together, we will remain fearful of contacting the police […]