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Sex workers’ rights and safety – public meeting

July 13th, 2008

Dr Petra

Here’s some information about a forthcoming public meeting about sex workers and wellbeing organised by Safety First. Please circulate as appropriate.

Since the tragic murders of Gemma Adams, Tania Nicol, Anneli Alderton, Annette Nicholls and Paula Clennell, prostitution has been pushed out of sight. But are women safer? Find out what’s going on behind the claims that women are being helped out of prostitution.

While the British government advocates more criminalisation, New Zealand reports positively on five years of decriminalisation:

* No rise in numbers of women working.
* Women able to report violence without fear of arrest.
* Attacks cleared up more quickly.
* Judges rule that sex workers are entitled to expect protection.
* Drug users viewed as patients not criminals.
* Women find it easier to leave prostitution as convictions are cleared from their records.

Why not here?

Monday 14 July 2008 7.30pm

Upstairs room, McGinty’s Bar, 15 Northgate Street, Ipswich,

Safety First includes the Royal College of Nursing, bereaved families, Ipswich residents, church people, doctors, probation officers, anti-rape and anti-poverty campaigners, trade unionists, prison and drug reformers and sex worker projects. SF is co-ordinated by the English Collective of Prostitutes.

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