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CROSS BONES PROJECT in Southwark London, can you help.

This is of particular interest to sex workers based in London, (although others are welcome). I was contacted by Naomi, a student at the university of Westminster to see if I could help her in a very important project which concerns the sex worker community.

This is part of her email:

Dear Douglas,

I am a photography student at University of Westminster and I am currently doing a project about the Cross Bones Graveyard in Southwark. As part of our assignments we have to find the subjects of our projects in the postcode we live in and the graveyard is actually the starting point for a photo story about the sex workers community and its situation nowadays. This is a subject that the media has dealt with in a very misleading way sometimes and I would really like to get a personal perspective avoiding clichés and judgemental views. The objective of the project is to bring up the real concerns of the community, such as safety and legal rights, through the eyes of its members as opposed to statistics and studies about it.

Naomi Soto Andrino is very friendly and really wants to be involved in creating something positive for sex workers. I personally have made arrangements to meet her when I am next in London (although she is able to travel to you). Cross Bones graveyard is a very important historical reference to the history of sex workers in London and in the UK. It is unconsecrated ground in which London’s undesirables were once interred. Naturally this included sex workers.There was a campaign to make this area a permanent monument to sex workers past, present and future, somewhere that the sex worker community can use to commemorate our ancient history, to remind us that we have always been and always will be part of the community, of society. Cross Bones is a poignant reminder of how sex workers have been persecuted by the state for centuries. It is also a reminder of why we must continue to fight to end stigma, harassment and persecution of our community here in the UK.

If you can help in anyway please email Naomi at naomi.soto_andrino@my.westminster.ac.uk

Please note that she understands the need for anonymity and is therefore looking for references to sex work and how government legislation affects sex workers and how stigma affects our community. Drop her an email and discuss how you can help her in this worthy campaign.

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3 comments on “CROSS BONES PROJECT in Southwark London, can you help.

  1. Naomi
    24 November, 2012

    Hi there,
    First of all,thanks very much Douglas for the post. As said, i would really appreciate if anybody contacted me to share their experiences and impressions. this first stage of the project is going to be focused on highligthing safety issues. You can contact me on naomi.soto_andrino@my.westminster.ac.uk.
    Best regards,

  2. Richard
    4 December, 2012

    There was an absolutely fascinating TV programme on Cross-Bones, which involved actually identifying one of the Winchester Geese buried there. I’m sorry that I can’t even remember which channel it was on – it was one of a series of digs, with the “human remains” interpreted by a lady Professor of Forensiv Anatomy (or similar) at Dundee Uni.

    Cross-Bones’ survival and protection from TfL needs a major campain.

  3. Roddis
    8 December, 2012

    Hi there
    I’m here assist you with any information and help I can provide with your project please feel free to reply will contact me if you so wish.

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