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Monday 19 December, 6pm
Decriminalise prostitution for safety’s sake!
KEY SPEAKER: TIM BARNETT
New Zealand MP who introduced decriminalisation
He is in London only for one day. Don’t miss him!
Tent City University, Occupy London Stock Exchange, St Paul’s, EC4M 8AD
Tim Barnett sponsored the 2003 Prostitution Reform Act which decriminalised prostitution in New Zealand, making it the first country to do so. This is the model law based on the demands of sex workers for health and safety. Find out how it was won and its impact so far — a five year review found sex workers are safer and have more rights. This talk couldn’t be better timed as even the Association of Chief Police Officers is suggesting New Zealand-style decriminalisation. Tim Barnett now lives in South Africa and is working with sex workers, community organisations and politicians for similar law change there.
Thierry Schaffauser, founder of STRASS, the French sex workers’ union, will speak on widespread opposition to France’s attempts to criminalise clients.
The English Collective of Prostitutes on the impact of the cuts, welfare reform and increased criminalisation, especially on women and children. Since the 2009 Policing and Crime Act rape, assaults, arrests, prosecutions, and police theft, racism and illegality are up; criminal records are trapping more women and young people in prostitution.
Support Sheila Farmer, up in court 3 Jan 2012 on charges of brothel-keeping for working collectively with friends.
English Collective of Prostitutes http://www.prostitutescollective.net
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