17 December is International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers, marked annually since 2003 by sex workers around the worldii as a time for action against the violence, social exclusion and discrimination that we endure.
In the run up to the 2015 election, the IUSW is writing to parliamentarians and PPCs with information about nine steps to tackle violence against people in the sex industry.
This is not about being for or against sex work itself.
It is about ensuring that all people have full and equal protection of the law as well as freedom from violence and discrimination.
1. respect our consent
2. address causes, not symptoms
3. tackle discrimination and stigma
4. adopt the “Merseyside model” to successfully target predators
5. support “National Ugly Mugs”
6. include sex workers and sex worker organisations
7. base policy and practice on evidence and in reality
8. be aware of public opinion
9. promote decriminalisation
The complete document with references is available as a .pdf download.