UK sex workers 'want decriminalisation for safety', says English Collective of Prostitutes spokesperson

UK sex workers 'want decriminalisation for safety', says English Collective of Prostitutes spokesperson

A protest to legalise all aspects of sex work

Thursday, November 24, 2016

A spokeswoman from the English Collective of Prostitutes (ECP) has called for all aspects of prostitution to be legalised, in order to ensure the safety of sex workers.

Currently in the UK, prostitution in terms of selling and buying sexual services is legal, but related activities like kerb crawling, owning/managing a brothel, pimping, and soliticing sexual services in a public place are crimes.

Numerous commentators have said this places sex workers at significant risk, because if they report any crimes against them, they could also be indicted.

Laura Watson, who represents the ECP, claimed decriminalisation is something that every single sex worker in their network want to ensure they will be safe.

"My experience is that all the sex workers in our network want decriminalisation," she told James Whale. "They want the removal of the laws so that they can work together for safety, can come forward report anything to the police without fear of arrest. 

"It's worked in New Zealand, which is the legislation we want here. There, sex workers are still entitled to protection from the law, 90% of workers in New Zealand found they had increased legal, health, and employment rights since it was decriminalised.

"We know that it works, and that is what most sex workers want here."