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Beitrag von Marc of Frankfurt » 2007-03-17, 13:02

Länderinfos England


UK Network Sex Work Projekts
Direktory of UK Services for SW
(PDF - 100 pages)

International Union of Sex Workers

Occupation, Church of the Holy Cross in Kings Cross, London, 1982

English Collective of Prostitutes (ECP)
gegründet 1975

Oskar der Erotikbranche
(Qualitätsverbesserung durch Leistungsanreize :-)

Sexworker Support

Sexual Freedom Coalition

Wissenschaftliche Linksammlung:
Prof. Michael Goodyear

The Women's Library
Ausstellung Prostitution


www.saafe.info :007

www.scot-pep.org.uk :007

Zur Rechtslage:

Sexual Offences Act 1956
Man living on earnings of prostitution.

(1) It is an offence for a man knowingly to live wholly or in part on
the earnings of prostitution.
(2) For the purposes of this section a man who lives with or is
habitually in the company of a prostitute, or who exercises control,
direction or influence over a prostitute's movements in a way which
shows he is aiding, abetting or compelling her prostitution with
others, shall be presumed to be knowingly living on the earnings of
prostitution, unless he proves the contrary.

Sexual Offences Act 2003
Controlling prostitution for gain

(1) A person commits an offence if—
(a) he intentionally controls any of the activities of another person
relating to that person's prostitution in any part of the world, and
(b) he does so for or in the expectation of gain for himself or a
third person.
(2) A person guilty of an offence under this section is liable—
(a) on summary conviction, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 6
months or a fine not exceeding the statutory maximum or both;
(b) on conviction on indictment, to imprisonment for a term not
exceeding 7 years

Verboten ist:
- Paying for sex with someone found to be controlled for another person’s gain
Section 53A to the Sexual Offences Act
www.cps.gov.uk/legal/p_to_r/prostitutio ... stitution/
- Kerb-crawling
http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov. ... /DG_187126
- Soliciting women for (sex) business

Zur Rechtslage mit vielen Links
www.channel4.com/health/microsites/0-9/ ... ution.html

Rechtsinfos für Sexworker: "Know Your Rights"
2012 by ECP

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Mißbrauch vs. Prostitution


Beitrag von Marc of Frankfurt » 2007-03-19, 15:36

Film2009: "Rape and Prostitution: A Question of Consent"

by the English Collective of Prostitutes

Ruth Hall
Rede im Parlament / House of Commons

www.womenagainstrape.net/events/rape-an ... on-consent


Aktuelle Brit-News:

Police and council plan vice crackdown
Polizei und Regierung in Ipswich wollen Prostitution eindämmen.
Prostituierte wurden ermodet und dass dient jetzt als Grund Prostituierte streng zu reglementieren bzw. zu vertreiben (ist doch logisch oder?).

Sex workers targeted by new measures
Damit keine Morde an Prostituierten passieren, wird Straßenprostitution verboten bei Androhung von Berufsverbot und Gefängnisstrafe. Prostituierte die öffentliche Sozialhilfen nicht annehmen und weiterhin Drogenkonsum mit Prostitution finanzieren, werden mit dem Rechtsinstrument der Anti-Social Behavour Orders (ASBOs) sanktioniert.

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Beitrag von Ellena » 2007-03-24, 00:26

auch toll diese Aussage, daß Prostitution wohl in GB legal sei, aber das anwerben von Kunden völlig illegal...wird offensichtlich mit Strafen geahndet (Einnahmenquelle?)
Da ticken die Uhren wohl ganz anders..

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Pornographie-Verbot in Grossbritanien


Beitrag von JayR » 2007-04-16, 21:16

Backlash ist eine Initiative in Grossbritanien, die gegen die Pläne der Regierung opponiert, „gewalttätige Pornographie“ zu verbieten.

Die Website enthält auch einige interessante Artikel zum Thema Prostitution.

Hier Auszüge aus der Mail von Backlash:

I'm writing from Backlash, the umbrella organisation set up to oppose
the UK government's proposals to ban "violent pornography". We are
setting up a section on our website devoted to expressing women's
opposition to the ban, and thought you might want to contribute.

One of the most offensive aspects of the government's policy of
censorship is the assumption that all pornography, and by logical
extension consensual sexual activity, is always something inflicted by
men on women, who suffer as a result. In effect, the government is
suggesting that a sizeable proportion of adult women require
protection from their own sexuality.

We believe that this misrepresents the experience of millions of
women. In their consultation, the government ignored the responses of
individuals (who were mostly against their proposals) in favour of the
responses of organisations such as county police forces (who mostly
supported their proposals). We hope to provide a platform for
individual dissenting voices.

What we are looking for are short pieces from women (100 to 600 words)
answering the following questions -

1) How would you describe your sexuality?
2) What role has "violent pornography" played in your life?
3) What do you think of the UK government's proposal to ban "violent


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Prostitutes face jail under tougher law


Beitrag von JayR » 2007-08-12, 13:05

Prostitutes face jail under tougher law

Support groups dismayed at plans for 'punitive' action against sex workers

The government was last night accused of turning the clock back 25 years by introducing a law that will allow courts to imprison prostitutes who are arrested for soliciting. The move has provoked the fury of women's support groups, who say the move will do nothing to address the root causes of the illicit trade in sex.

Guardian Unlimited
http://politics.guardian.co.uk/homeaffa ... 28,00.html

Jailing prostitutes helps no one
Using the threat of prison as an incentive undermines good intentions. Jail won't cure drug addiction and it certainly won't give women a route out of prostitution.

Guardian Unlimited
http://observer.guardian.co.uk/leaders/ ... 99,00.html

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Freier-Kriminalisierung gemäß Schweden Lösung


Beitrag von Marc of Frankfurt » 2007-09-11, 11:51

Freierbestrafung auch in England geplant?

Men who buy sex could face prosecution

Tania Branigan, political correspondent
Monday September 10, 2007
The Guardian

Ministers are considering proposals to prosecute men for buying sex in a new effort to curb the demand for prostitution, the Guardian has learned.

Senior members of the government are discussing whether to criminalise the purchase, rather than sale, of sex - as Sweden did eight years ago - in part because of the growth in sex trafficking. According to the government, 85% of women in brothels come from outside the UK.

Men have been convicted for trafficking women into Britain, but none has been prosecuted for paying for sex with women or girls forced into the sex trade.

One minister acknowledged the move would be "quite a dramatic step", but added: "There's no doubt whatsoever it's being talked about. There is increasing awareness among senior ministers, particularly women, that demand for prostitution is an area which needs to be tackled seriously and hasn't been."

A number of senior women in government - including Jacqui Smith, the home secretary; Patricia Scotland, the attorney general; Vera Baird, solicitor general; and Harriet Harman, leader of the house - are thought to be sympathetic to the calls.

Other proposals being considered include large-scale programmes to name and shame men caught kerbcrawling, which is already illegal. But campaigners believe that only by criminalising clients can they help women working in brothels as well as on the streets and send out a signal that paying for sex is not acceptable.

Fiona Mactaggart MP, who as a home office minister was in charge of tackling prostitution until last year, said: "The criminal justice bill that comes back on the first day [after the parliamentary recess] includes changes to the prostitution strategy. It would be possible to put into it some amendment which deals with this issue of men who pay for sex," she said.

She dismissed arguments that prostitution was an inevitable part of society, adding: "We have always had murder - that doesn't make it right. The price of prostitution is enormously high for women...[And] the more vulnerable the woman is, the cheaper the price is for men."

Denis MacShane MP, a former minister and campaigner against sex trafficking, added: "Until you have the Wilberforce moment when you say those who buy [sex] are just as guilty as those who are selling [women], it will continue to grow. It's not until there is a regular flow of men before the courts because they have paid for sex with illegally trafficked sex slaves that we will see a change in culture."

A Home Office spokeswoman said it had no current plans to criminalise paying for sex. But the Guardian understands that the proposal is being discussed informally with a view to longer-term action.

The government has won praise from unexpected sources for other socially conservative measures recently, ranging from scrapping plans for a supercasino to launching a review of media violence and its impact on children and young people.

Sweden criminalised buying sex but decriminalised selling it eight years ago. Supporters of the scheme say it has slashed the number of brothels and clients and cut the level of sex trafficking into the country to hundreds of women. But some critics have suggested that women who remain in the sex industry have become more vulnerable as a result of the reforms.

In a recent study by the Child and Woman Abuse Studies Unit at London Metropolitan University, researchers asked men arrested for kerbcrawling to pick from a list of factors which might deter them from buying sex. While some agreed that large fines or being publicly shamed would do so, none cited knowing that a woman was forced into prostitution.

http://politics.guardian.co.uk/homeaffa ... 00,00.html

Evt. mehr eine "Saubermann-Debatte" auf dem Rücken der Prostitution.

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Beitrag von JayR » 2007-09-11, 12:39

Weiss nicht, ob man dass als Saubermann-Debatte abtun kann.

Wenn man den Zeitungen glauben schenken kann, gibt es massive soziale Probleme i Grossbritannien. Wovon Strassenprostitution plus Drogen eines ist.
Man darf auch nicht die Morde an 5 Prostituierten letzten Winter in Ipswich vergessen.

Nur ein paar Beispiele aus der britischen Presse:

Ipswich fights shadow of prostitution

Crackdown on prostitution
http://www.oxfordmail.net/display.var.1 ... tution.php

Kerb crawlers abandon their cars
http://www.thisisswindon.co.uk/display. ... r_cars.php

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Beitrag von JayR » 2007-09-13, 21:51

Selling sex is a choice

Criminalising men who use prostitutes won't help women find another means of earning a wage

Diane Taylor
Tuesday September 11, 2007

There is a beautifully simple logic behind the proposals said to be under consideration by the government to criminalise men who pay for sex - apply the laws of supply and demand. If the demand is wiped out by tough laws, the supply will wither on the vine.

The argument continues that women involved in prostitution are victims of coercion by evil pimps or in the grip of addiction to class A drugs. They know not what they do and are in urgent need of rescue. It is not fair to punish them with Asbos, soliciting convictions and the like, when it is men who are to blame for their miserable predicament.

One problem with this argument is that it oversimplifies a highly complex area in which women have a huge range of different experiences.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree ... 30,00.html

My Name Is Angel: This Is My Story: A Traumatic True Story of Escaping the Streets and Building a New Life
by Rhea Coombs; Diane Taylor

http://www.amazon.co.uk/My-Name-Angel-T ... 768&sr=1-1
http://www.amazon.de/My-Name-Angel-Trau ... 553&sr=1-1

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ECP news und Petition


Beitrag von Marc of Frankfurt » 2007-09-20, 16:35

Safety First Coalition public meeting v further criminalisation of sex workers

in Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill 2007

Wednesday 17 October, House of Commons, Committee Room 9, 2-4pm

We are attaching the new petition of the Safety First Coalition which is now on line at
http://www.allwomencount.net/EWC%20Sex% ... tition.htm.
You can sign and return it to us or sign it online where you can also add a comment.

We are currently working with John McDonnell MP and others both in the Commons and the Lords to oppose Clause 72 of the Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill 2007 (CJIB) which will increase the criminalisation of sex workers through compulsory rehabilitation and imprisonment. There is also talk that the government may bring in an amendment to the Bill which would criminalise clients.

To inform MPs, Peers and others about the breadth of opposition to any further criminalisation of women and other attempts to push prostitution further underground, the Safety First Coalition is organising a public meeting in the House of Commons - Houses of Parliament on 17 October (see above).

As you know, we launched the Safety First Coalition in the wake of the public outcry at the Ipswich murders. Founding members include church people and residents from Ipswich, the Royal College of Nursing, the National Association of Probation Officers, people who work in sex work and drugs projects, anti poverty and prison reform campaigners, academics, lawyers, medical professionals and others. We are also working with unions and others who have passed resolutions in support of decriminalisations. We hope that all will be speakers at our meeting.

This meeting on the 17th will be followed by a meeting in November on New Zealand's successful decriminalisation of sex work. Catherine Healy, national co-ordinator of the New Zealand Prostitutes Collective, will be our key note speaker on how decriminalisation was won in New Zealand and what recent research has to say about it four years later.

English Collective of Prostitutes (ECP)

Safety First Briefing Clause 72 CJIB.pdf
Hintergrundinfos zum neuen verschärften Gesetz gegen SW, die auf der Straße Kunden akquirieren.

BRIEFING ON THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE & IMMIGRATION BILL (CJIB) Clause 72 – Orders to promote rehabilitation
(amendment to the Street Offences Act), 6 pages
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Beitrag von JayR » 2007-10-14, 14:12

Kerb-crawling blitz picks up 400 suspects


MORE than 400 suspected kerb-crawlers were stopped by police during a month-long blitz on street prostitution in Edinburgh.

The drivers were pulled over by officers in Leith and had their registration plates and personal details logged.

It means they are now on the radar of officers for when new kerb-crawling laws are introduced within weeks.

The legislation includes an offence of "loitering" in a car, with maximum fines of £1000 and the risk of having their cars confiscated for persistent offenders.

A team of six officers carried out undercover and regular patrols over the last month focusing on the areas around Leith Docks, Salamander Street and Leith Links.

Two men were also charged with drink driving after being stopped, while others were caught with drugs and knives in their vehicles.

Police chiefs today described the "intelligence gathering" crackdown a "massive success" in promoting the message that they will take a zero-tolerance approach once the law is active.

Inspector Dennis Hunter, sector inspector for Leith, said: "I hope this gives reassurance to the people of Leith that the police are tackling this issue. Local residents are harassed by kerb-crawlers, and often made to feel unsafe.

"The residents are understanding of competing priorities, but rightly demand action."

All those stopped were told about the new offences under the new Scottish Executive Prostitution Bill and warned of the penalties if they are caught again.

Insp Hunter, who will begin his final week in his current post on Monday, added: "We wanted to ensure that kerb-crawlers know our officers are watching them. The intelligence gathering we have carried out will be useful for future policing in the area and, by briefing those we have stopped on the upcoming legal changes, they are now well aware of the tougher penalties if they break the law.

"The fact that some of these men were caught with weapons shows the sex workers need our protection too."

Kerb-crawlers have already been warned by police that officers may visit them at their homes or workplaces if they persistently return to the Capital's red light district looking for sex.

"Anyone using a company car risks being visited at their office.

Independent Lothians MSP Margo Macdonald said: "It is not surprising that 400 cars were stopped, which only works out at around a dozen a night over a month.

"Many of those will also be just looking around for the thrill rather than soliciting sex.

"The kerb-crawling legislation will only succeed in driving the women even further underground. The dozen or so women working have already been moved away because of complaints from residents.

"These laws will make that problem worse and make it more difficult to support them."

Scotpep, the Edinburgh-based prostitute support group, has raised concerns that the new laws will make prostitution more dangerous for the vulnerable women involved.

The group said prostitutes will jump into clients' cars without a chance to "assess the risk" because of fears of being stopped by police.

Street prostitution is now spread over a three square mile area in the north of Edinburgh, running between Seafield, Leith Links and Ocean Terminal, with around a dozen women work at night. An unofficial tolerance zone was located in Coburg Street in Leith for around 15 years until 2001, where around 30 prostitutes would gather, before it was moved to Salamander Street by police.

It was scrapped several months later after opposition from residents.


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promoting health and dignity in prostitution

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Beitrag von JayR » 2007-10-16, 07:40

'Girls will now take more risks'

Kerb-crawling has become a criminal offence across Scotland, with anyone caught trying to pick up a prostitute facing a fine of up to £1,000.

Yvonne, 24, has worked as a prostitute on the streets of Glasgow since she was 15, to feed her heroin habit.

She told the BBC Scotland news website's Karin Goodwin her views on the new laws.

"I have mixed feelings about this legislation. I can see it from both sides.

Prostitution is something that does involve two people and if the girls are being charged, I do think the clients should be as well. It's not fair if they aren't.

But at the end of the day we're still looking for their business.

To get it, we will have to take more risks and that really worries me.

Prostitution is the only way I've ever known to make money.

Getting a habit

I started drinking in children's homes when I was about 14, and then moved on to drugs.

Then, when I was 15-and-a-half, one of the girls in the children's home got drunk one night and ended up going out [on the streets]. I went with her.

Before I knew it, I had a really big drug habit and then I started going out working all the time. Now I go out every second night and I'm trying to make about £100 every time.

When I first started going out it was a lot safer - there were tolerance zones and it felt like the police were there to protect you - but now they've taken all that away.

I used to feel I could go to the police if I had a problem but that's changed, even though I've had a few bad experiences.

One guy punched me in the face, another one smashed my head off a wall. I've not been raped but I know plenty of girls that have.

It does shake you up, but you've got to put it to the back of your mind because like lots of the girls, I've got a drug habit and I need the money to feed it.

If you've got a drug habit the minute you open your eyes all you think about is getting your next fix. So the fact that you have to take more risks to get paid isn't going to stop you.

People have started changing how they work already because a lot of guys aren't sure when the legislation came in.

Protected zone

They are going out of areas that they usually work in because clients don't want to risk coming into what we call the drag area [Glasgow's red light district] where the cameras are.

Last night a friend of mine went all the way back to a flat in Cumbernauld. I was in panic mode - I was phoning her every 20 minutes to check she was okay.

She got back safe, but she was lucky - you don't know what could happen. I don't go back to flats, even in an area I know. As soon as that doors locked, that's you stuck.

What I have started doing is going out later - two or three in the morning - to avoid the police. That's bad because there are more drunk guys about.

I didn't used to go with anyone too drunk or under the influence of drugs, but now I do because I just want to get out of there quick, before the police come.

It has got more dangerous. You just need to look in the Beware Book at Base 75, where the girls write descriptions of the clients who have attacked them.

There used to be about eight reports a month, now it's around three a night.

At the end of day the only reason I do this is to feed my drug habit. If it wasn't for that I wouldn't even think of it.

My main goal just now is stopping this and coming off drugs. And that goes for almost all the girls.

To help me do that I'm getting support from Salt and Light [Christian support group for prostitutes]. I don't know what half the girls would do without them.

Every night you feel like you're degrading yourself. You see the way people look at you and it's difficult to ignore it.

At the end of the day we're just trying to get by - we're not trying to harm anyone else. It's only ourselves we're harming."

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Beitrag von JayR » 2007-10-19, 08:28

'New law will only increase risk for women'

ALTHOUGH it is somewhat kindly referred to as the "oldest profession" there can be nothing more degrading for a woman than having to sell her body in order to make a living. Many do so because they have deep-rooted social problems which makes holding down a regular job almost impossible. And those who cannot find work in the relative safety of saunas and brothels end up on the lowest level of the industry offering themselves for the sexual gratification of others on street corners.

But if it were not an ugly enough life it would appear to be becoming a far more dangerous one too. Figures obtained by the Evening News this week show that the number of attacks on prostitutes has almost doubled since it was announced that the laws on prostitution were to be toughened. Last week we revealed that in the space of one month 400 drivers had been stopped by police and made aware that as of last Monday it was an offence for both buyer and seller to do business.

While locals in areas like Leith Links and Salamander Street will understandably be happy that the increased activity has driven girls from their traditional haunts there is wider concern that they will be put at greater risk by being forced to work alone and in more isolated areas. The rise in attacks over the past six months seems to bear this fear out.

This will not have come as a surprise to many critics of the Prostitution Bill, including the professional agencies who work with vice girls. Many, like MSP Margo MacDonald and former city council leader Ewan Aitken, do not condone prostitution or kerb-crawlers but were astute enough to realise legislation alone would not stamp it out and would rather have seen the industry under some form of local control.

Both advocated giving councils the power to set up "tolerance zones" where the girls could work under the vigilance of the authorities, receive help and support and be afforded an element of safety from violent punters.

In choosing instead to reject managed zones, and in the process seemingly displaying an almost naive and deluded belief that tougher enforcement would put the girls out of business, two successive governments have done little more than scatter the problem.

Just as prostitutes were forced to seek new areas in which to work when Edinburgh's 20-year-old official tolerance zone was scrapped there is already evidence of girls vacating Leith for areas such as Stockbridge, Comely Bank and Portobello where they and their punters hope to avoid detection.

There may be little public sympathy for the plight of prostitutes but many are just vulnerable women which society arguably has an obligation to protect. And any law which puts them at greater risk should be monitored and reviewed if it proves ineffective at tackling the core problem and serves only to increase that vulnerability.


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Beitrag von Marc of Frankfurt » 2007-10-20, 13:27

Sexworker Gewerkschafts-Webseite renoviert

The International Union of Sex Workers



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Analyse der englischen SW KollegInnen


Beitrag von Marc of Frankfurt » 2007-10-31, 01:54

Werbeverbot und Wohnungsrazzien

Englische Collektive der Prostituierten
über die Lebenssituation von Sexworkern

ECP response to Harman's proposals on banning adverts

What is so shocking about adverts for escorts in local papers? Why does Harriet Harman want to clamp down on the safer ways women have found to work? Following the tragic Ipswich murders, we called together a Safety First Coalition of nurses, doctors, church people, probation officers, anti-poverty campaigners, sex workers and others, to ensure that women are not repeatedly placed in danger. We believe that there can be no protection while sex workers are being hounded [gehetzt], and campaign for prostitution to be decriminalised and for proper economic alternatives for women who want to get out of prostitution. Whatever people may think about sex work, women’s safety must be the priority.

The government is using people’s widespread concern for women and children’s safety to clamp down on all sex workers. Yet most immigrant sex workers are not trafficked, and those who are do not benefit from this approach. Anti-trafficking raids such as Pentameter 1 and 2 have not resulted in vulnerable women being ‘rescued’ but in an increase in immigrant sex workers being deported. Women and children who are being kept in forced labour, whether in the sex or agricultural industry or in domestic work, have said repeatedly that the biggest deterrent to reporting violence is fear of arrest and deportation. Surely, the best way to help victims of pimps or traffickers is to make sure they can report their persecutors and see them arrested and convicted. For this, a place of safety, ongoing protection, resources and the right to stay are needed. But none of these measures is forthcoming.

Instead, women are being driven onto the streets by raids on premises where it is many times safer to work, and new laws such as Clause 72 of the Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill 2007, want to force street workers into ‘rehabilitation’ by moral police under threat of prison. Preventing advertising in local papers is part of this repressive trend which is pushing sex workers further underground.

Prostitute women who face so much discrimination, arrest and imprisonment have had little support from feminists, beginning with those in positions of power. The most vocal have often looked down on sex workers, promoting the moralistic view that sex work is uniquely degrading, and have backed police raids against us. They have refused to hear what sex workers have to say, preferring instead to decide on our behalf what is ‘good for them’. As a result there are now NGOs which are taking millions in Home Office grants to ‘help’ victims of trafficking, while helping to deport ‘rescued’ women back to the poverty they fled.

Tackling women’s poverty has never been the priority. Ms Harman was the spokeswoman for New Labour’s first measure to cut single mothers’ benefits – at a stroke forcing more women into the sex industry. Her government has promoted such obscenities as the war in Iraq which, in addition to causing hundreds of thousands of deaths, is forcing millions into destitution, exile and of course prostitution. If she abhors obscenity in advertising, what about abolishing the Arms Fair?

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Grüne Politik Position in UK


Beitrag von Marc of Frankfurt » 2007-11-06, 01:11

Grüne unterstützen Entkriminalisierung von Sexwork

Greens back safety first campaign for decriminalisation of sex work

Siân Berry, Green Party Mayoral Candidate for London, and Jean Lambert, Green MEP for London, have signed the Safety First! Petition, which calls for the complete decriminalisation of sex work, so that the focus of official efforts can be on protecting the most basic human rights of prostitutes, life and health. (1)

Siân noted that Green Party policy called for the complete decriminalisation of prostitution on the “New Zealand model”, so that the focus for sex workers moved on to their safety and wellbeing.

She said: “The so-called ‘Swedish model’ of criminalisation of the customers of prostitutes is receiving much attention at present, but the fact is that this approach drives sex work, and particularly street sex workers, further into the twilight, further from traditional areas, further into danger.

“Decriminalisation could mean that instead of hearing about prostitutes being murdered or battered by their clients, we would instead be talking about health and safety in sex work premises (which are already 10 times safer than working on the street).”

At the party's recent conference, members heard from a speaker from the Safety First! campaign about how criminalisation of actions associated with prostitution left workers vulnerable to violent clients, and encouraged police and other authorities to treat them as criminals even when they are in fact victims of serious crimes. (2)

Siân also deplored Clause 72 of the Labour government’s Criminal Justice Bill due to be debated on October 8, which introduces a new “order to promote rehabilitation” for the offence of “loitering or soliciting for the purposes of prostitution”.

She noted that this was effectively re-introducing imprisonment for the offence of soliciting, which was abolished by a Tory government in 1982.

She said, “The government with this Bill is treating prostitution as though it were an illness, and one for which women and men should be punished. Of course we would hope that sex workers who want to get out of the industry, and who need help with that, should find it immediately – and for that the government needs to provide greatly improved funding for, for example, drug addiction treatment programmes. But women and men arrested for soliciting should not be forced into ‘treatment’ against their will.

“And the government should note that it is often its own policies - inadequate support for women with children, the withdrawal of recourse to public funds for failed asylum-seekers, that is forcing women and men into the industry.”

Siân added: “Centuries of criminalisation have not wiped out, have not even reduced, the level of prostitution – instead it has left on our streets, and our consciences, the bodies of many murdered women and men.”


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Beitrag von Marc of Frankfurt » 2007-11-12, 16:29

Prostitution and advertising

Indecent proposals

Nov 1st 2007
From The Economist print edition

A spat over classified ads exposes Britain's uneasy stance on prostitution

JOSTLING for position among advertisements for plumbers and old bicycles, there is one page at the back of most local newspapers that stands out. Small (classified) ads offering “adult massages” have long featured in Britain's local papers, supposedly as a bit of harmless fun. They may not be so harmless after all. On October 28th Harriet Harman, the minister for women, linked these small ads with the practice of people-trafficking. Some of the girls behind the glossy ads may be working against their will, she said. Ms Harman and other ministers booked a meeting with the Newspaper Society, which represents local editors, for November 1st.


Market penetration

England's laws on prostitution are muddled. It is not illegal to sell sex, or to buy it, so advertising it is also fine in principle. But soliciting in public is forbidden, as is “kerb-crawling”. And brothels—now defined as places where more than one prostitute works—are also outlawed. (Operations involving up to three people are soon to be made legal, in a bid to get sex workers off the street and improve safety by increasing numbers). The only legal way to sell sex is to do it alone, and in private.

Newspaper ads are therefore legitimate, provided the advertiser is working alone. But many of the advertisements in local newspapers seem to fail this test. The “very very busty ebony diva” in the back of one London paper is all right—but what of the “luxury apartment” on the same page, which has “different babes daily”?

The Newspaper Society advises its members not to accept adverts for massage parlours if there is reason to believe that sex is going on. But blind eyes are being turned on an epic scale. A big newspaper group boasts that it will not accept adverts that allude to “extras”—yet one of its London titles offers “naughty busty multinational girls 4 your pleasure, all desires fulfilled”. Last month the South Wales Echo ran a story about trafficked women working in Cardiff, only to discover that all of the brothels named in the article had advertisements in the same issue.

The mainstream media is bringing prostitution in from the cold by running such ads, argues Frances Broderick of the Poppy Project, a charity that aims to rescue trafficked women. “It is sending out the message that it is safe and acceptable, which is itself very dangerous,” she says. New media have pushed prostitution right into the home: on www.Punternet.com , a website for buyers of sex, dozens of men each day post cheery reviews of women as if they were books on Amazon.com.

Allowing sex to be bought and sold in reasonably open circumstances can in fact make things safer for the workers involved. Punternet provides a hotline for its users to report on trafficked or underage girls. And newspapers can do more by regulating their adverts than by dropping them altogether. In Suffolk, where five prostitutes were murdered last year, Archant Regional, a big local newspaper group, decided with the police that the small ads should continue in order to stop the trade going underground. The newspaper passes information to officers and has made simple changes—such as accepting payment only by cheque or credit card for adult listings—which mean that advertisers can be traced if illegalities are reported.

Whether such advertising is worth it for newspapers is another question. Editors must weigh the money earned from these ads—perhaps a couple of pounds per word in a local newspaper—against the potential loss from offended readers and other advertisers who decide to go elsewhere. This dilemma applies not just to local newspapers: upmarket escort agencies target almost all publications—including, believe it or not, this one.


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Beitrag von Marc of Frankfurt » 2007-11-12, 17:09


Und ewig dampfen die Dildos

Von Christian Buß

Die Puff-Serie "Respectable", die Comedy Central an diesem Wochenende zeigt, ist nicht nur politisch korrekt, sondern auch lustig: Bordellgänger und Ehebrecher müssen hier zum Amüsement des Publikums ordentlich leiden.

Man könnte glauben, einer Kochsendung zuzuschauen. Für die abseitigsten und unappetitlichsten Sexpraktiken werden in "Respectable", einer kleinen unaufgeregten Comedy aus einem Londoner Vorstadtpuff, die flockigsten kulinarischen Metaphern in Umlauf gebracht. So sind sie, die Engländer: Freigeister und Oberspießer in einem. Alles ist erlaubt, es muss lediglich die richtige Form dafür gefunden werden.

Nur der Versicherungsangestellte Michael (Justin Edwards), unglücklich verheiratet und im Beruf wenig ausgefüllt, versteht nichts vom metaphorisch bemäntelten Lustgewinn. Einmal die Woche blättert er 120 Pfund hin, um eine Stunde bei der Prostituierten Hayley (Jodi Albert) zu verbringen, die ihrem Job in einem Reihenhausbordell im Klinkerschick nachgeht.

Doch dem Leisetreter mit Höflichkeitsgen erscheint es ungebührlich, der Professionellen ihre Dienstleistung abzuverlangen. Das Wort "Sex" und sämtliche mehr oder weniger blumigen Synonyme dafür gehen Michael einfach nicht über die Lippen. So wird er bald zu einer Art Freudenhaus-Faktotum und liegt komplett bekleidet auf dem Lotterbett, während er sich die Seele aus dem Leib quatscht. Faseln oder Vögeln, den Sexdienstleisterinnen ist das schnuppe. Ihre Arbeit verrichten sie mit Gleichmut und Professionalität, am Küchentisch sinniert man später mit Kolleginnen über Sinn und Unsinn des Jobs.

Bordellbetrieb als gediegenes Dienstleistungsszenario

"Respectable" ist, da mag man beim Thema zuerst gar nicht drauf kommen, eine Mischung aus Familien-Sitcom und Bürokomödie geworden und erinnert in vielerlei Hinsicht an die britische Erfolgs-Comedy "The Office", die der Pro-Sieben-Produktion "Stromberg" als Vorbild diente. Man hackt munter aufeinander rum und kommt doch nicht ohne die anderen aus. Wie zum Beispiel bei "Stromberg" morgens im Büro die Kaffeemaschine gemütlich knattert, werden in "Respectable" zu Schichtbeginn anheimelnd dampfende Gummidildos aus der Spülmaschine gezogen.

Der Bordellbetrieb als gediegenes Dienstleistungsszenario: Das brachte in Großbritannien verschiedene Frauenorganisationen auf die Barrikaden; der ausstrahlende Sender Channel 5 wurde noch vor der ersten Folge mit Petitionen bombardiert. "Respectable", so der Vorwurf, verharmlose die Sexindustrie. Als ob Comedy den Anspruch einer Sozialreportage hätte! Auch wenn "Respectable" recht einfallsreich die britische Bigotterie einfängt, so ist es doch ganz und gar nicht das Anliegen der ursprünglich sechsteiligen Mini-Serie, authentische Einblicke aus der Rotlichtwelt vermitteln zu wollen.

Hat sich denn Bill Wilder jemals mit der Anklage konfrontiert gesehen, er beschönige in seiner Komödie "Irma La Douce" die Verhältnisse von Pariser Freudenmädchen? Und der Büroangestellte Michael erinnert tatsächlich ungemein an den von Jack Lemmon in "Irma La Douce" verkörperten Flic, der aus Liebe zur Prostituierten zum Zuhälter wird: Vielleicht ist Michael sogar der letzte Mann auf der Welt, der nicht komplett lustgesteuert wird.

Ausgerechnet der bescheidene Biedermann, der auf dem Bett einer Prostituierten kaum den Schlips zu lockern wagt, wird nun auf tragikomische Weise immer enger in den Bordellbetrieb verstrickt: Sei es, dass ihm als vermeintlichem Zuhälter die Visage demoliert wird. Dass er die Schläge einkassiert, die einem SM-Rollenspieler zugedacht waren. Oder dass er für einen ekligen Stammkunden, dessen Bekanntschaft er nie wirklich gesucht hat, als Trauzeuge fungiert, als der eine serbische Hure aus dem Reihenhauspuff heiratet.

Poetische Gerechtigkeit dank Umschnall-Dildos

Mit der Figur der Yelena (Barunka O'Shaughnessy), der burschikosen Prostituierten vom Balkan, die für Kriegsverbrecher wie Milosevic und Karadzic schwärmt, lassen die ohnehin jeder politcal correctness unverdächtigen "Respectable"-Verantwortlichen die Grenzen des Opportunen dann wirklich weit hinter sich. Die Herkunft des Co-Autors Harry Thompson als Gagschreiber der "Ali G. Show" ist unverkennbar. Die Osteuropäerin aus einer Opferrolle, die ihr ja allgemein in der Sexindustrie zukommt, in eine Täterposition hineinzuschreiben, ist schon eine recht gewagte Angelegenheit.

Andererseits schwingt hier eine verquere Art der poetischen Gerechtigkeit mit. Dass die Serbin ihre Kunden mit monströsen Umschnall-Dildos bearbeitet, für die sie nun wirklich vor ein Kriegsverbrechertribunal gehörte, ist in gewisser Weise ja schon wieder politisch korrekt: Die Bordellgänger und Ehebrecher, hier müssen sie leiden.

Und der edle Einfaltspinsel Michael? Auch er, der immer ganz enttäuscht ist, wenn sich Hure Hayley nach einem ihrer erbaulichen Gespräche die Strapse für den nächsten Kunden zurechtzupft, kommt hier herrlich ins Schwitzen, um sein Doppelleben zu arrangieren. Der Ehefrau lügt der Jazzhasser zum Beispiel vor, dass er einmal die Woche mit seinen Kumpels in einer Jazzband probt; in einer der schönsten Szene der Serie muss er auf dem Kontrabass vorspielen, was er denn schon alles gelernt hat.

Es ist also eine teure Lektion, die Michael, der platonische Freier, lernen muss. In der Welt da draußen gibt es nichts umsonst, nicht mal das bisschen Gerede.

"Respectable", Sa 20.15 Uhr + So 19.15 Uhr, Comedy Central
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Beitrag von Marc of Frankfurt » 2007-11-14, 16:57

Sogar der Bischof ist dafür.

Growing support for legal reform in the UK

  • Women's Institute issues a statement of support for licensing indoor prostitution in the UK

    The six thousand members of the Hampshire Women’s Institute have begun a campaign to licence brothels following the murder of five street prostitutes last December. Susie Jolly, from IDS’ Sexuality and Development Programme comments.

    Read more about the WI campaign and responses from sex worker advocates here
  • Catholic Bishop backs brothel regulation

    "If you are going to take a pragmatic view and say prostitution happens, I think there is a need to make sure it's as well regulated as possible for the health of people involved and for the safety of the ladies themselves," Hollis said.
  • Greens back safety first campaign for decriminalisation of sex work

    Siân Berry, Green Party Mayoral Candidate for London, and Jean Lambert, Green MEP for London, have signed the Safety First! Petition, which calls for the complete decriminalisation of sex work, so that the focus of official efforts can be on protecting the most basic human rights of prostitutes, life and health.
  • Safety First Campaign
Original mit vielen Links hier:
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Jetz wird der Bishof von Prostitutionsgegnern zum Rücktritt aufgefordert:

Catholic Anti-Trafficking Campaigner calls for Pro-Brothels Bishop to Step Down
Says “Legal brothels legitimize an industry that completely victimizes women”

By Hilary White

Bishop Crispian Hollis PORTSMOUTH, UK, November 15, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) –


Anti-trafficking organizations have demanded the resignation of Portsmouth Catholic bishop Crispian Hollis after he told media of his support for the legalization of brothels. He made his comments in response to a resolution passed by the Hampshire branch of the Women’s Institute, the UK’s largest women’s organization, calling on the government to legalize brothels.

Hollis, whose diocese covers Hampshire, told media last weekend, “If you are going to take a pragmatic view and say prostitution happens, I think there's a need to make sure it's as well-regulated as possible for the health of people involved and for the safety of the ladies themselves.”

The Irish Anti-Trafficking Coalition has called for Bishop Hollis to resign citing the Vatican’s condemnation of the international movement to legalize prostitution. IATC director, Gregory Carlin told LifeSiteNews.com, “Legal brothels legitimize an industry that completely victimizes women.”

Gregory Carlin Although the argument is routinely made that legalization protects women, anti-trafficking organizations insist that it fails to protect women or slow down the growth of organized crime, trafficking or sexual abuse of children. “No jurisdiction,” Carlin said, “not Australia, New Zealand, Holland, or Germany has been able to migrate street prostitution to the brothel model.”

“If the demand is legitimized or expanded in the UK it will increase the existing problem of sex tourism” in Europe, he said. “There are men who think they have a right to do these things. Legal brothels in Britain will offer a seamless opportunity vis a vis Germany, Holland, Belgium and other European countries.”

In 2005, the Vatican released a document calling prostitution “a form of modern day slavery”. The document, developed at the First International Meeting of Pastoral Care for the Liberation of Women of the Street, added that “sexual exploitation, prostitution and trafficking of human beings are all acts of violence against women,” and “constitute an offence to the dignity of women and are a grave violation of basic human rights.”

Carlin also called on the National Federation of Women’s Institutes to disavow any support for the legalization of prostitution or brothels. Efforts by the Women's Institutes to legalize brothels, he said, “is not going to help anybody who needs help.”

Eoin Redahan, head of Public Relations with the National Federation of Women’s Institutes (NFWI), responded, however, that the decision to support legalization of brothels by the Hampshire branch “is not an issue that the WI” as a whole “has a position on.”

Redahan wrote in an email, “The National Federation of Women's Institutes (NFWI) is made up of 70 federations representing more or less a county each. These federations are independent and are free to discuss whatever issues that feel may be of concern to their members. The Hampshire federation, in this instance, discussed and debated the legalizing of brothels and voted in favour of this resolution. This federation's resolution does not apply to any of the other 69 federations or to the NFWI.”

But the Hampshire WI intends to try to bring the entire national organization into line. Jean Johnson, Hampshire WI advisor, told the BBC this week that if the Hampshire resolution was successful nationally the WI would then propose it to the British government.

She told BBC News that legalizing brothels would improve the access of prostitutes to medical care and “make it easier for police to tackle illegal human trafficking”.

But actual human trafficking campaigners disagree, saying that legalization is a “gift” to those who live off the arrears of prostitution and traffic in women and girls.

Gregory Carlin said that the British police do not close illegal brothels, and that British men who frequent them are a “major part” of the exploitation of trafficked children in brothels. He alleged that they are frequently offered immunity from criminal prosecution in exchange for information about immigrants.

Read related LifeSiteNews.com coverage:

Portsmouth Catholic Bishop Supports Legalization of Sex-Trafficking Bordellos
http://www.lifesite.net/ldn/2007/nov/07111203.html ;

To contact the Vatican
Piazza Pio XII 3
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To Contact the National Federation of Women's Institutes,
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Phone: 020 7371 9300
Fax: 020 7736 3652
Email: hq@nfwi.org.uk

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Kreative illegale Werbeindustrie seit Jahrzehnten


Beitrag von Marc of Frankfurt » 2007-11-23, 15:50

Polizeiaktion gegen illegale SW-Anzeigen in Telefonzellen


Sex cards removed daily in prostitution battle

21 November 2007
HUNDREDS of prostitute calling cards are removed from King's Cross phone booths every night in a police crackdown on the illicit sex trade.

The "offensive" cards are being removed in a bid to target vice workers and clean up streets around the station, but many phone booths are full of the cards hours later.

One Police Community Support Officer (PCSO), who was removing cards from three phone boxes in Caledonia Street last Friday, said: "Its part of our job - they're offensive. They'll be full again tonight."

A spokeswoman for Islington police said: "PCSOs do remove the cards while on patrol and we have sought assistance of a street cleaner."

"To tackle this problem in the long term, the team regularly carry out patrols in the area. Two people have been arrested and subsequently found guilty of 'carding'. One was also given an ASBO preventing them from entering any phone box in the UK or carrying prostitute cards."

The spokeswoman added: "We are also working in partnership with clubs and vice and Camden police with regards closing down brothels in the nearby vicinity.

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Beitrag von Marc of Frankfurt » 2007-11-27, 01:03

Berufserfahrung eines verurteilten Bordellbetreibers aus Israel

I owned the best brothel in London

By Dana Gloger

AN ISRAELI brothel owner, released from prison two weeks ago, has told the JC [Jewish Cronicle] that women wanted to work for him because he was Jewish.

Moshe Ilouz, 34, was arrested in April this year and subsequently pleaded guilty to controlling prostitution and two counts of money-laundering.

He was sentenced to a year’s imprisonment and served more than six months, as inmates typically serve only half of their sentences. He is still the subject of confiscation proceedings, in which the police will decide what proportion of his assets were from the profits of his crimes.

Ilouz, from Beit Shemesh, ran two brothels in Central London, and also offered a service whereby women could go to wherever their clients were.

He said that most of the escort and prostitution business in London is controlled by Albanians, so when girls in that line of work found out that he was Jewish they wanted to work for him.

“They just wanted a safe place where they could earn money and they thought I could provide that,” he said.

“And I did. I gave them a family-like environment in which to work, no-one treated them badly, and they earned money.”

When Ilouz and his wife, Olga Bosognova, moved to the UK from America two years ago, he was unable to re-start the limousine job he had previously had in the US. He said he had not planned to start an escort agency, but after seeing many adverts in the newspapers, he placed an advert himself and women began calling and asking for work. But, he said, he did not realise how much trouble it would bring.

“Many of the girls left other places they were working at and then their bosses got upset and jealous.

“Some of those that came to work for me had been trafficked and sold for sex. They were working as slaves.

“The groups who had been controlling them were threatening me, but I was fighting it and trying to help these girls. I gave them a safe place to work and they were happy working here. I was saving these girls.”

Ilouz said the gangs demanded money from him for the women who had left to work for him. He said he refused to hand them back, enraging the gangs, who then threatened to kidnap his wife and then allegedly sent six Polish men to his house to kill him.

“The men came to my house but ran away when they heard my wife calling the police. They were angry that I was protecting the girls that had run away from them. I didn’t realise how violent that world could be.”

Ilouz told the JC that, while he was in prison, all the women who worked for him came to visit. “And even now they still phone me and tell me there is nowhere in else in London like our place was.”

So what did his family make of his business?

“My parents are religious, so they reacted badly. They were in shock and were ashamed of it. But they were extremely supportive and helped raise money for my legal costs.”

Ilouz explained that he was also religious, but since coming out of prison has begun to question his faith.

“In prison I would pray three times a day, now I don’t pray any more. I was very surprised to end up in prison when all I was doing was just helping and saving these girls. I didn’t even know the business was illegal.

“I feel bitter and disappointed that I was imprisoned for something I didn’t do and I can’t help wondering why I was arrested, but so many other people in the business that have been doing it for years have never been arrested.”

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