A coalition to decriminalise sex work and prioritise all women’s and children’s safety. Jointly hosted by Baroness Vivien Stern, former chair of the National Association for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders, John McDonnell MP, long-term supporter of the ECP’s work and recent contender for the leadership of the Labour Party. Wednesday 11 July 4 – 5.30pm. House of Commons, Committee room 11.
The tragic murders of five women in Ipswich caused an unprecedented outcry. Many people demanded change so that everyone is protected from attack, whatever their occupation or lifestyle. Criminalising consenting sex — sex workers or clients – is now seen to push prostitution underground, making women more vulnerable to violence and exploitation. Yet policies of ASBOs and zero tolerance recently introduced in Ipswich, and in place around the UK, replicate those in place at the time of the murders.
Initiated and co-ordinated by the English Collective of Prostitutes, the Safety First Coalition is being launched to decriminalise sex work, prioritise safety and look at viable economic alternatives and resources for women who want to leave prostitution.