Archive for March, 2009

Propose Less, Listen More

Friday, March 27th, 2009

If the government wants to reduce the social exclusion of sex workers, they should include us when consulting on new laws by Catherine Stephens, Wednesday November 19 2008 18.40 GMT In the nearly ten years I’ve been working in the sex industry, everyone I’ve met has had an opinion about my work. When it […]

Thousands of sex workers could be endangered by Home Secretary’s proposed changes in the law

Friday, March 27th, 2009

Press release from the International Union of Sex Workers “You’re putting us in danger Jacqui,” sex workers tell the Home Secretary Government plans aimed at curbing exploitation in the sex industry will imperil workers’ lives and human trafficking victims’ chances of rescue, warns the International Union of Sex Workers. Home Secretary Jacqui Smith told the […]

This Is Our Job

Friday, March 27th, 2009

This is our job so just recognise our rights and get over it. As I am a male sex worker I naturally paid especial attention to the recent debate in the House of Commons following the second reading of the policing bill. I was particularly interested where the debate dealt with the government’s proposals for […]

Don’t Criminalise Our Clients

Friday, March 27th, 2009

by Douglas Fox Wednesday November 19 2008 12.00 GMT It is disappointing that the government has chosen to ignore the legitimate rights and aspirations of sex workers by ignoring our calls that our human rights be recognised. It is our choice to become sex workers whether we are male, female or transgender. The government’s […]

Peter Tatchell on criminalisation

Friday, March 27th, 2009

Peter Tatchell is the Green Party parliamentary candidate for Oxford East and a well known supporter of human rights, democracy, and justice. In support of the campaign of the IUSW, Peter writes, “There is no evidence that Harriet Harman’s proposed outlawing of soliciting and paying for sex will help rescue the victims of sex […]

Sex workers speak out

Friday, March 27th, 2009 19 Nov 2008 Today, the Home Office unveiled plans to criminalise men who use prostitutes who are “controlled for another person’s gain”. Now, sex workers have their say. Douglas Fox, male sex worker and International Union of Sex Workers (IUSW) activist: “It is sad that the government has chosen to ignore the legitimate human […]

Sex & the Citizens

Friday, March 27th, 2009 20 Nov 2008 In their own words: The workers’ view Kitty Stryker 24, professional dominatrix, London “I come from California and believe me the UK is a way better place to work. There, everything is illegal and you can’t talk to the police or get medical help. That’s where it is now heading here. […]