Speaking at the Decriminalisation Protest for the Sex Worker Open University

Published on Philobiblon, October 16, 2011.

… Interesting though that the three of us had a similar message – that the MPs behind us should listen to the evidence for complete decriminalisation of se work (the New Zealand model for short). As I said, that’s what both the Women’s Institute and the Royal College of Nursing had done.

John McDonnell pointed out that sex workers are under attack from trafficking legislation, which was persecuting them and driving them into more dangerous circumstances, when what they want and need is to work is safety.

He noted the advances in recognition of sex workers from the trade union movement (speakers from the South East TUC regional network and Hackney Trades Council were among those later offering solidarity).

Andrew Boff said that people operating legally were being hounded out of business, with the Olympic “clean up” being used as an excuse.

Eva fro Kosovo praised the xtalk programme in London … (full text).

Links:

x:talk, Homepage, Ethics, Sex work resources, FREE ENGLISH CLASSES FOR SEX WORKERS: Classes are currently running at Edgware Road/Marble Arch- new students welcome to join … ;

Sex Worker Open University 2011 opens in London, Homepage, Who we are, Organisations and Friends, News, Contact;

Philobiblon, Homepage: Green politics, history (particularly women’s history) science and books. Always feminist. Find in the Right column: About me, Natalie Bennett with my blogs:

and: watch this video, published on YouTube, Green Party London Assembly candidate Natalie Bennett at the Occupy London Stock Exchange protest, 15 October 2011, 1.44 minutes.

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