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Offline ManBat

This made interesting reading today while I was on the toilet

http://www.libdemvoice.org/opinion-international-day-to-end-violence-against-sex-workers-37532.html#utm_source=daily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=email

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Today, 17th December, is the 10th International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers. It seeks to raise awareness of the violence and hate experienced by sex workers around the world and help fight the stigma, discrimination and persecution brought on by society’s attitudes towards sex work and dangerous prohibitionist laws.

It’s is all the more poignant this year following the anti-sex work actions that have occurred throughout 2013. From Rhoda Grant’s attempt to criminalise the purchase of sex in Scotland, to the condom ban in Edinburgh saunas, through to the recent raids in Soho only two weeks ago, the right of adults to safely engage in wholly consensual activity, which just happens to involve  money exchanged for a service, is under attack. And now we even have a more widespread call to introduce the ‘Nordic Model’ of shifting criminality onto the clients of sex workers, the same policy that has already been successfully defeated in the Scottish Parliament.

We have already seen from Sweden that this system does not work, and most importantly that it causes problems, not least with access to condoms and information regarding safe sex. In contrast, take Australia, where in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory the purchase and selling of sex between consenting adults is legal in all its forms, which has seen a safer environment for all involved [1] and a positive knock-on effect for wider society

Sex work is work, and it should come with the same workers’ and human rights as any other job. For the vast majority of sex workers, sex work is a choice. To ban either the purchasing or sale of sex, let alone the whole industry, doesn’t protect the small number who are trafficked into sex work. It insults and demeans sex workers and causes more harm to the minority that are trafficked by pushing all activity underground and out of sight, where real abuses can take place and could actually increase trafficking.

Sex work does not create demand, it meets it. In fact, neither criminalising clients nor decriminalising sex work [2] have shown to affect demand. Sex work provides a safe space for people to explore and express their sexual desires and preferences, especially in cases where there is no other outlet. From the person who has a sexual drive/preference different to that of their partner or partners, to the disabled individual who may only be able to get sexual contact via a sex worker, sex meets a variety of needs that crosses all races, genders, abilities and sexualites. To deny the rights of sex workers is to deny the rights of us all.

As with any other policy area, we should consult those involved in the industry regarding any form of regulation. Instead, we dismiss their views as nothing but the false consciousness of victims, and listen to those who seek to outlaw the activity as part of a wider war on personal choice, bodily autonomy, sexual freedoms and expression. Far from being victims who are unable to speak up for themselves, sex workers are making their voices heard and we should be listening to organisations like Sex Worker Open University, who are building a sex worker-led community to increase awareness of and advocate for sex workers’ rights and changes in the law.

As liberals we believe in standing up for those who are oppressed. We believe in the freedom of choice and expression, even if we disagree with those choices and what’s being expressed and we believe that people should be entitled to work free from violence, harassment and intimidation.

[1] Australia’s National HIV and STI Strategies, 2005 comparative study

[2] Harcourt C, Egger S and Donovan B (2005). Sex work and the law. Sexual Health 2: 121-128.

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Sorry, ManBat; I can't concentrate on what you're quoting because of the thought of you reading it while you're having a dump!  :vomit:

Is it a ploy by Nick Clegg & Co for the Punters' vote?

Offline adindas

Sorry, ManBat; I can't concentrate on what you're quoting because of the thought of you reading it while you're having a dump!  :vomit:

Is it a ploy by Nick Clegg & Co for the Punters' vote?

Yes it might be.
About this guys how many times he has betrayed his voters ???  When he has opportunity of getting more voters by changing his stand he will swing ...

Offline Sailormack

I'm all for the "International Day Against Romanian Bitches Ripping off Punters "

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Offline Jimmyredcab

I'm all for the "International Day Against Romanian Bitches Ripping off Punters "

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Offline Jimmyredcab

Yes it might be.
About this guys how many times he has betrayed his voters ???  When he has opportunity of getting more voters by changing his stand he will swing ...

Nick Clegg is a total wanker, he has just stated that he will not stand for any more restrictions on immigration.  :angry: :mad:

He recently said that we need MORE immigrants, what planet is he living on.    :crazy:

Offline Mystique46m

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Nick Clegg is a total wanker, he has just stated that he will not stand for any more restrictions on immigration.  :angry: :mad:

He recently said that we need MORE immigrants, what planet is he living on.    :crazy:

Planet smug wanker, I believe.


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