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EU votes to reject 'porn ban' proposals

EU votes to reject 'porn ban' proposals | Sex Work Policy & Research | Scoop.it
The European Parliament opts not to adopt a pan-European ban on all forms of porn, including on the Web, at least for now. Such a vote has happened before, and it's worth putting the 'porn ban' into some context.
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How Dutch legalizing of prostitution, drugs, & euthanasia is working ...

How Dutch legalizing of prostitution, drugs, & euthanasia is working ... | Sex Work Policy & Research | Scoop.it
The Netherlands, that once-Calvinist land, has gone farther than just about any other country in legalizing “victimless crimes,” such as prostitution, drug use, and euthanasia. Now that country is facing the unintended ...
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Decriminalization of Prostitution for Minors?

Decriminalization of Prostitution for Minors? | Sex Work Policy & Research | Scoop.it

Do senators and representatives even know what they just voted for on Thursday when they passed a piece of legislation? The bill included an amendment with egregious problems. The two worst ones are draconian cuts to the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (TIP Office) and the endorsement of the decriminalization of prostitution for minors.


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Sex workers march against police brutality - Eyewitness News

Sex workers march against police brutality - Eyewitness News | Sex Work Policy & Research | Scoop.it
Sex workers march against police brutality
Eyewitness News
JOHANNESBURG - Dozens of sex workers on Thursday marched through the streets of the Johannesburg 's CBD, expressing disgust at the way they are treated by the police.
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Sex workers march to call an end to police abuse - Sowetan

Sex workers march to call an end to police abuse - Sowetan | Sex Work Policy & Research | Scoop.it
Sowetan Sex workers march to call an end to police abuse Sowetan In commemoration of International Sex Worker Rights Day, sex workers and human rights activists will once again take to the streets to protest the continued abuse sex workers...
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Human Trafficking Panelist Goes Ballistic, Claims She Hates White ...

Human Trafficking Panelist Goes Ballistic, Claims She Hates White ... | Sex Work Policy & Research | Scoop.it
On Tuesday at Golden Gate University, the GGU chapter of the NLG (National Lawyers Guild) organized an event entitled: "Collateral Damage: Sex Workers and the Anti-Trafficking Campaigns." The panel comprised Carol Leigh, a former ...
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Ex-call girl hits out at prostitution plan...

Ex-call girl hits out at prostitution plan... | Sex Work Policy & Research | Scoop.it

SHE is already known for penning one of the world's most controversial blogs – now former high-class escort girl Belle de Jour has sparked a furious row over plans to criminalise men who buy sex in Scotland.

 

Labour MSP Rhoda Grant is trying to introduce a bill which would radically change prostitution laws in Scotland, making it illegal to pay for sex. She has said this will help the "majority of unwilling participants" involved in prostitution.

 

However, critics say the proposals will not end the demand for sold sex and would increase risks for sex workers by driving the trade into more dangerous, out-of-sight areas.

 

Author Dr Brooke Magnanti, a research scientist who became world famous after writing about her experiences of working as a call girl in a blog under the name Belle de Jour, tweeted that the politician apparently thought it "okay if people die b/c of her bill".

 

Grant has now branded Magnanti's comments "a lie". She has also turned her fire on an article in The Huffington Post which Magnanti was responding to in her tweets.

 

The Huffington Post blog, by Alex Bryce of the UK Network of Sex Work Projects (UKNSWP), said Grant had suggested "damage to individual sex workers was a price worth paying" when quizzed on her proposals during a meeting at the House of Commons last year.

 

Grant has denied making the remarks and said she did not agree with the premise that making it an offence to pay for sex would lead to more danger for sex workers.

 

She said: "People are being hurt daily and that is the aim of the exercise – to try and stop people being hurt, so the very premise of his question is wrong. There is nothing I said which could be vaguely misconstrued as that. It is not something I would think or believe. This makes me angry."

 

She says she has complained to The Huffington Post. Grant also said the way she had been portrayed and "absolutely misquoted" shows the weakness of her critics' arguments. She added: "I can't understand why people who are supposedly there to work with prostitutes, assist them and help them would think those thoughts and indeed try and stop legislation which would only help."

 

Around 950 responses were submitted to the consultation on Grant's legislation. These are currently being analysed by the Scottish Parliament's independent non-executive bills unit. It is expected a report will be published near the end of April. Grant will then require the support of 18 MSPs to take the proposals forward.

 

Magnanti, who has lived in Lochaber in the Highlands since 2010, told the Sunday Herald: "Regardless of how one feels about prostitution, the safety of the people involved has to come first.

 

"Unfortunately, it's been shown that where 'end demand' laws come in, violence against sex workers goes up. Instead of ending demand – which is impossible – we should be reducing harm."

 

However, Jan Macleod, development officer at Glasgow Women's Support Project, disputed the notion that criminalising payment for sex would lead to more violence.

 

"I think that is a bit of a myth, because street prostitution already takes place in dangerous areas," she said. "We are supporting the principle [of the bill], but calling for wider measures, such as decriminalisation of prostitution - for the individuals who are selling sex."

 

The UKNSWP's Bryce has accused Grant of choosing to ignore those who the legislation will affect most in order to impose "what seems like a moral judgment founded on ideology".

 

He denied he had misrepresented what Grant said at the House of Commons meeting.

 

A spokesman for The Huffington Post said: "Huffington Post offers users a platform to air their views and opinions through blogs.

 

"In the blog there are no direct quotations, however we have made note of Rhoda Grant's concern and we're working with the blogger to clarify them."

 


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Women In New York Are Getting Arrested For Carrying Condoms

Women In New York Are Getting Arrested For Carrying Condoms | Sex Work Policy & Research | Scoop.it
Because they could be prostitutes.(In NYC, a woman wearing a skirt too short and carrying condoms can be arrested for prostitution http://t.co/V0rMqvmENg #nyc #shitsfuckedup)...
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NOT OKAY! Fight back!

Kristy Gipson's comment, March 24, 2014 12:03 PM
This article is a clear case of the labeling theory. Women have been labeled as prostitutes because they are carrying condoms and wearing short skirts. The way one dresses does not speak for who they really are. Whats next in the works of people being labeled deviant. The use of condoms should not be shown as deviant, cause through the media is where young children are going to be taught that this is deviant. This may cause our younger generation to shy away from condom use because they are afraid that if caught they to will be arrested or labeled.
Ryley Wyrwitzke's comment, March 25, 2014 11:57 AM
this act by the police is taking something that is completely normal and skewing it completely out of porportion., Women that I know sometimes carries condoms just for the sole fact to be prepared to see thier signifigant other. I feel this is completely normal. I think this PD arrested a few prostitutes that were carrying condoms and the labeling theory came into effect. I feel this is taking a norm and labeling up the behavior, This will ultimately like Kristy said, label condoms themselves and teens will start to shy away from them.
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Labor backbencher Steph Key in new push to decriminalise prostitution in South Australia

Labor backbencher Steph Key in new push to decriminalise prostitution in South Australia | Sex Work Policy & Research | Scoop.it

BROTHEL owners would have to register their business with a government agency as part of the latest push to decriminalise prostitution.

 

Labor backbencher Steph Key will introduce new laws to Parliament next week to decriminalise all forms of sex work, after a previous attempt was rejected by one vote in November.

 

The new Bill, based on a New Zealand model, would require owners of brothels to register their business with Consumer and Business Services.

 

This would allow local government more regulatory control over brothels but the legislation would prevent councils from outlawing brothels simply because they offer sex work.

 

"Sex work premises would have to go through the same planning approvals as any other business," Ms Key said.

 

It is believed there are about 2000 sex workers in SA. Premier Jay Weatherill said he supported prostitution law reform in general but was yet to consider the latest Bill.

 

Ms Key's previous legislation - which was co-sponsored by Status of Women Minister Gail Gago - dropped provisions for barring brothels within 200m of suburban schools, childcare centres and churches after concerns were raised about difficulties policing the measure.

 

However, Ms Gago expected distance provisions might need to be included in the final version - to be introduced on Thursday next week - to get it over the line.

 

The Bill bars minors from conducting sex work and sets fines for sex workers who offer unsafe sex.

 

It would also create a Prostitution Law Advisory Committee, which would consider codes of practice, research and safety standards and report to government.

 

A number of MPs were absent from Parliament for the vote on the previous Bill.

 

Labor MP Lyn Breuer is also back on the floor of the Lower House to vote after stepping down as Speaker, to be replaced by Michael Atkinson.

 

Ms Key and Ms Gago were confident the new attempt was more likely to pass.

 

Opposition status of women spokeswoman Vickie Chapman said she had no objection to some regulation of the industry but added the new legislation needed to deal with the question of workers' compensation.

 

"What is the (WorkCover) premium going to be, what is the payment going to be for back injury - these are the realistic outcomes," she said.

 

Ms Gago said it would be important to bring on the vote soon so it did not "create too much noise in the background" of the March 2014 state election campaign.

 

Politicians will be given a conscience vote on the issue.

 


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It’s time to fund sex worker NGOs - The Scavenger

A number of sex worker organisations across the globe are well organised, transparent and delivering services and advocacy to their community in ways that only sex workers can. Yet they are all too often excluded from funding.
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Debunking the Myths: Why Legalising Prostitution Is a Terrible Idea

Debunking the Myths: Why Legalising Prostitution Is a Terrible Idea | Sex Work Policy & Research | Scoop.it
Rather than supporting women in prostitution, legalisation and decriminalisation approaches legitimise a damaging and dangerous system, where the exploitation by one part of society of another is not only tolerated, but endorsed.

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Activists press for decriminalization of sex work

Activists press for decriminalization of sex work | Sex Work Policy & Research | Scoop.it

A 2012 report released jointly by the UN Development Program (UNDP), the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and UNAIDS pressed for the decriminalization of sex work in many countries so that HIV prevention and treatment programs reach sex workers more effectively.

 


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House Hearing Focuses on Ending Demand for Prostitution | Hawaii ...

House Hearing Focuses on Ending Demand for Prostitution | Hawaii ... | Sex Work Policy & Research | Scoop.it
BY KATHRYN XIAN - Please take the time to submit written testimony to support SB192 Relating to Prostitution (End Demand for Prostitution Bill). This bill.
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Stop the Abuses, Decriminalise Sex Work - AllAfrica.com

Stop the Abuses, Decriminalise Sex Work - AllAfrica.com | Sex Work Policy & Research | Scoop.it
Stop the Abuses, Decriminalise Sex Work
AllAfrica.com
Few people realise that sex work is legal in all southern African countries bar South Africa, which criminalises both the buying and selling of sex.
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Column: Sex work - The Aggie

Column: Sex work - The Aggie | Sex Work Policy & Research | Scoop.it
Column: Sex work
The Aggie
Sex work is, for the most part, illegal in the United States.
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Texas Legislature Online - 83(R) History for HB 2801

Texas Legislature Online - 83(R) History for HB 2801 | Sex Work Policy & Research | Scoop.it
HB 2801 - Relating to the prosecution of the offense of prostitution. http://t.co/mqKaHk1XrR
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Prostitution should be legalized for individual protection, rights

Prostitution should be legalized for individual protection, rights | Sex Work Policy & Research | Scoop.it
In countries where brothels and prostitution are illegal, women are forced to walk the streets in search of clientele instead of working in the safety of a brothel. They often have to .... History of the Washington Square News: ...
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Pissed off about how condoms are used as evidence...

Pissed off about how condoms are used as evidence... | Sex Work Policy & Research | Scoop.it
Pissed off about how condoms are used as evidence of prostitution in New York? ***If you live in New York State, fill out this form to send the postcards above to your elected representatives.*** Full...
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State includes sex workers and transgenders in women's policy

State includes sex workers and transgenders in women's policy | Sex Work Policy & Research | Scoop.it
MUMBAI: In a first of its kind move, the ministry of women and child in state launched the policy on women with a dedicated chapter on issues faced by sex workers. The policy which was launched by...
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Sex Trafficking Victims 'Failed' By Authorities

Sex Trafficking Victims 'Failed' By Authorities | Sex Work Policy & Research | Scoop.it
More than 1,000 trafficking victims were found last year, but ministers remain "clueless" about the problem, a think tank says.

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