Statue til ære for sexarbejdere i hele verdenen – 31 marts!!!

29 03 2007

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2nd annual Open Day in Amsterdam’s Red Light District and the unveiling of a new statue in honour of sex workers everywhere!

On Saturday March 31st the 2nd annual  open day in the Red Light District of Amsterdam will take place from noon to 6pm (18:00).

The goal of the day is to give people a better image of the diversity of the red light area by offering them a look behind closed doors. Sex businesses, churches, residents, artists and others that have something to do with the neighbourhood are available on this day to talk to the public. Of course many people are interested in the sex industry and just like last year there will no doubt be long line-ups again in front of the live sex theatres Casa Rosso and the Banana Bar.

At 5pm (17:00) on the Oudekerksplein by the Old Church a bronze statue will be unveiled honouring everyone around the world who works in the sex industry. The statue is a message to society, a call for respect but also a message to sex workers, namely this: “you have the right to be proud of yourself, feel strong and independent and fight for your human rights.”

The statue is an initiative of Mariska Majoor founder of the Prostitution Information Centre in Amsterdam. She will unveil the statue together with (former) sex workers.

All sex workers – also international – who want to participate at the unveiling are welcome. 

If you have questions please email the PIC:
pic@pic-amsterdam.com

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Lørdag den 31 marts afholdes den 2 årlige “open day” i Amsterdams Red Light District fra kl 12 – 18.00.

Dagens mål er at give besøgende et bedre billede af nuancerne i Red Light Distriktet ved at tilbyde folk at komme indenfor de lukkede døre.

Kl 17.00 vil Mariska afsløre en bronze statue som skal ære alle i hele verdenen som arbejder i sex industrien.

Statuen er en besked til samfundet, et opråb om respekt men også en besked til sexarbejdere : Du har ret til at være stolt af dig selv, ret til at føle dig stærk og selvstændig og kæmp for dine rettigheder!

Initiativtageren til statuen er Mariska Majoor, som også har grundlagt PIC Prostitution Information Center i Amsterdam. Mariska vil afsløre statuen sammen med andre sexarbejdere.

Alle sexarbejdere – også internationale – der har lyst til at deltage i afsløringen af statuen til ære for sexarbejdere er hjertellig velkomne.

Hvis du har spørgsmål kan du kontakte PIC:
pic@pic-amsterdam.com

PIC webside: www.pic-amsterdam.com/opendag.html

ICRSE webside: www.sexworkeurope.org/





Remember those lost at Green River + Vancouver BC + South Africa + Brisbane + China + New Zealand + Scotland + Australia

17 12 2006

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Dear Friends,

 

Thank you for standing in solidarity with your brothers and sisters here in the United States and around the world. Today is a very important day, because today we remember all the women and men who have lost their lives because they chose to do sex work as their profession. It is incomprehensible to me why somebody would want to harm another human being because they are a prostitute. I will never understand why prostitutes do not deserve equal protection under the law. It is time to end the criminalization of prostitution and begin the healing process to stop discrimation and violence against sex workers. As long as we remain criminals, we will not be safe. As long as we are criminals, society will continue to abuse and dismiss us. We are human beings and we deserve to be safe. Decriminalize prostitution now and protect us, your brothers, sisters, mother’s, fathers, daughters and sons lives depend on it. 


We have compiled a list of names of women and girls, men and boys that have died while working in the line of prostitution.

Below are the names we could find. Please remember all of those that we could not find.

In Solidarity,

Robyn Few

 





17 December – Silent candle demonstration in Helsinki

17 12 2006

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Current issues in Salli and in Finland

17th December
International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers

A silent candle demonstration on Sunday 17 December 2006 at 6 pm

The Venue: The corner of Mannerheimintie and Simonkatu (a major street corner in the city centre), Helsinki, Finland
Take with you: a red candle or lantern and a red umbrella

Everyone is wellcome.

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This demonstration is arranged by SALLI.

International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers has been launched by SWOP-USA.

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17 December – International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers

17 12 2006

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SWOP began the annual “International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers” on December 17, 2003, the day before the conviction of Seattle’s, Green River Killer. “We wanted everyone in the world to know that because of the criminalization of prostitution it took 23 years to convict a man of killing at least 48 women,” said Stacey Swimme, SWOP-AZ.  “Police ignored vital information given by prostitutes and pimps because of stigma and discrimination.” Such deadly violence against sex workers is thought to be a recurring social pattern. Serial killers know that the criminalization of prostitution prohibits sex workers from seeking protection from police and that stigma causes the public to believe that violence is part of sex workers’ job description.

Police in our communities should prioritize addressing violence against sex workers, yet the stigma and criminalization increases vulnerability and undermines recourse. Often society views sex workers as separate and inconsequential. “When dangerous killers are on the loose, all women are at risk because the endemic sexual justification for violence does not only apply to prostitutes. It is part of a deeply ingrained misogyny in our society that condones the punishment of ‘sexual’ women. A violent crime against one woman is a crime against all women, regardless of their occupation, race, or class, and is never justified.” says Dr. Avaren Ipsen, SWOP Campaign Coordinator  and co-chair of Berkeley Commission on the Status of Women.

http://www.swop-usa.org/index2.php

Green River Killer at WIKIPEDIA

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Norma Jean Almodovar, founder of ISWFACE ( http://www.normajeanalmodovar.com/mybio.html ) and Jenna Jasmine ( www.myspace.com/jennajasmine ), founder of SWOP-LA are creating a display on Ocean Front Walk in Venice Beach on Sunday, December 17th from 12pm-4pm.  They are calling attention to International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers.  Under their tent you will be able to donate $5 for 10 minutes of “Real Talk with a Real LIVE HAPPY SEX WORKER.”  Topics ranging from sex advice to holiday plans will all be fair game.   Donations will go towards the two local sex worker rights organizations that the two women run in Los Angeles.  Aside from educating yourself with information and advice, participants are invited to add a “whore story” to their “whore memorial” wall, a temporal installation of anonymous stories about how the word whore has negatively affected or traumatized them.   “The death of punitive stigma around words like whore and prostitute is the first step that sex workers and non sex workers alike can take in critically examine how institutionalized misogyny really operates on a daily basis.” says Jenna Jasmine who identifies as a proud whore activist. (SWOP-LA).

In 2003, the Sex Workers Outreach Project USA in California called for vigils around the country and the world to bring attention to the sentencing of Gary Ridgeway, aka the Green River Killer, who confessed to murdering 48 women. Ridgeway said during his court case why he targeted young women working on the streets – “I picked prostitutes because I thought I could kill as many of them as I wanted without getting caught.” His belief that police didn’t prioritize investigating the murders of sex workers was reflected in the fact that he wasn’t caught until 21 years after his  first killing.  2006 is marked with the killings of six female bodied street prostitutes in Atlantic City, as recent as November of this year; the high profile Duke Rape Case, and this week’s new victims murdered in the UK.

The political became very personal for Jenna Jasmine when she was recently robbed by a bad client in a motel in Bell Gardens – the same week that the four women’s bodies were found in a marsh in Atlantic City.  “I now know the frustration of not being able to use the police as a source of protection from violence.  The people that prey on prostitutes are clearly aware of our inability to use the police for protection from violence as well.  The man who robbed me was taunting me about this very fact.  There are people that HATE us.  There are police codes for the deaths of prostitutes classified as NHI (No Humans Involved).  It made NO difference that I was a supposedly privileged college educated call girl.  That morning, to that twenty something year old punk, if he had decided to do anything worse than take my money, my cell phone and my palm pilot I am very aware that I would have been the latest  “prostitute found dead in a motel” headline.  Most sex workers prioritize police retaliation over standing up for their rights as human beings.

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International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers Sunday, December 17th 

Where: UNLV, 5:30pm, Student Union, room 205 
What: Informational session on violence against sex workers- causes, issues, and policy exploration 

Afterwards, join us for a Vigil (location to be announced) where we remember women and transgender people who have been killed because they were sex workers. Bring a red umbrella and dress in black to show your support of eliminating violence against sex workers!  

Annie Sprinkle offers specific ways you can participate Dec. 17th. 

Ten Things You Can Do to Participate in the Fourth Annual International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers 

On December 17th, people around the world will be calling attention to hate crimes against sex workers, namely prostitutes. Here are some suggestions and options for ways to participate. Or by all means, make up your own.  

#1. Do something of personal meaning alone at home; take a ritual bath, or simply think about those who have died, light a candle, make a wish, have a cry, call a friend and discuss the topic, etc. 

#2. Write a short personal quote or a statement about violence against sex workers and send to the SWOP web site (webmaster@swop-usa.org) for them to post. 

#3. Send a donation to a nonprofit group that helps sex workers stay safer. 

#4. Organize a public memorial event in your town. If not, choose a place, and time, where you can gather. Make an email letter and/or flyer and get it around with news of the event. Invite people to bring writings, stories, readings, thoughts, related news items, poems, performances, etc. Make a circle at the event. Take turns sharing. This will make for a wonderful memorial and be great for consciousness raising and outreach as well. 

#5. Organize a panel discussion about violence towards sex workers. You can ask a church or other community space if you can do it there. 

#6. Send news of this event to any and all press you know, so the word gets out that there are people who care about murdered sex workers, and who are concerned with the safety of sex workers out there today. 

#7. Attend one of the events which is listed on the SWOP web site. 

#8. If you know any sex workers, send them some information about self-defense. 

#9. Send a personal email letter to people telling them how you feel about violence against sex workers and the women who were murdered by serial killer Gary Ridgeway. Or email this letter around. 

#10. Read Daisy Anarchy’s poem to yourself or to friends, or at one of the public events. Or email it around. 

Visit www.swop-usa.org/4thAnnual.php  for more information on the cause.





How the Dutch protect their prostitutes

15 12 2006

 

By Patrick Jackson
BBC News

 

As the murder of prostitutes in Suffolk grips the UK, BBC News looks at some of the safety mechanisms being used in the Netherlands to protect local sex workers there from violence.

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Campaigners for EU “street walkers” use a red umbrella as their symbol

This Sunday, campaigners in North America and Europe will be marking an End Violence Against Sex Workers Day with vigils, demonstrations and posters.

The murders in Suffolk “are another horrifying chapter in a long history of violence towards sex workers”, says Petra Timmermans, a Netherlands-based campaigner for the human rights of prostitutes.

For Ms Timmermans, the coordinator of the International Committee on the Rights of Sex Workers (ICRSW), the vulnerability of prostitutes to violence is inextricably bound up in social attitudes.

We decide that some people aren’t worth our time and violent people know that

Petra Timmermans
campaigner for prostitutes’ rights

Prostitution in the Netherlands involving Dutch or other EU citizens is a legal occupation, and a recent report by the foreign ministry shows that most work in brothels or sex clubs.

They can openly advertise their services in newspapers and on the internet.

However, a small number of legal prostitutes still solicit on the streets, government statistics show.

In response, a number of cities have created official “street walking zones” which feature special car parks for prostitutes and their clients.

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These car parks have privacy screens – “a bit like stalls”, says Ms Timmermans – between which prostitutes can conduct their business in their clients’ cars.

PROSTITUTION IN EU STATES

Netherlands: prostitutes treated as self-employed persons; street prostitution in managed zones; brothels legal but subject to licensing

Germany: similar rights for prostitutes to those of the Dutch though prostitution subject to VAT; legal brothels and recognised red light zones

France: prostitution legal – soliciting and procuring are not

Sweden: prostitution legal but buying sex is not, so clients risk prosecution

UK: prostitution not officially illegal but soliciting, procuring and brothel-keeping are

Security cameras monitor the car parks and social services provide advice, medical information and condoms.

“You can talk to a social worker, you can get a shower, a cup of coffee, things like that,” says the ICRSW’s coordinator.

“I have never heard of anyone ever being hurt, or at least seriously hurt, in a zone.”

According to the foreign ministry, “the introduction of these zones has significantly increased the safety of street walkers”.

Government figures from 2004 showed that people driven into high-risk prostitution by drug addiction – a phenomenon common among EU prostitutes – made up about 10% of all prostitutes in the Netherlands.

This is thanks to good drug outreach programmes, Ms Timmermans suggests.

And she adds that the attitude of the country’s police – “they are great in general” – is also an important factor.

Preying on the ‘worthless’

End Violence Against Sex Workers Day came about in 2003 in response to the Green River serial murders in the US, in which 48 women, most of them street-walking prostitutes, were murdered around Seattle over some 15 years.

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“Violence is not part of the job description” – campaign slogan

The Suffolk murders will be in the minds of Sunday’s protesters along with the trial of a Canadian man for the alleged murders of at least 26 sex workers in Vancouver.

Petra Timmermans believes that if social attitudes to prostitutes changed, there would be less risk of such crimes occurring.

“We decide that some people aren’t worth our time and violent people know that,” she says.

Prostitution is a fact of life, she argues, and in order to protect those women and men who engage in it, it should be given equal status to other occupations.

“We know, for instance, that there is exploitation in the textile industry but we don’t scream ‘Stop buying clothing’ – we talk about labour rights and working conditions,” Ms Timmermans says.

“We need to start talking in that way about prostitution.”

Dutch prostitutes do still get hurt, she adds, but the Netherlands has made “many more women’s lives safer and gone a long way in challenging many long-held biases that have let killers off the hook”.





IUSW press release regarding Ipswich murders

14 12 2006

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International Union Of Sex Workers calls for decriminalisation of sex work to increase worker safety

The confirmed murders of three prostitutes in the Ipswich area and concerns for a missing fourth highlight the desperate need for decriminalisation of sex work, states the International Union of Sex Workers (IUSW).

“Sex workers are currently forced into dangerous working situations by the illegality surrounding their profession, and do not feel able to report offences or concerns to police for fear of arrest,” says Ana Lopes, President of the IUSW. “ASBOs and proposed laws to criminalise clients are forcing them into increasingly vulnerable situations.
Decriminalisation would allow them to work safely and be protected by European labour laws. It is also an essential starting point to reducing stigma against sex workers which leads to their being even
more vulnerable to attack.”

Prostitutes need safe areas in which to work, be that safety zones on the streets or brothels where they can work together indoors. “Sex workers are part of the community and should be treated as such, not as a public disorder problem,” Lopes states. “We believe ways can be found to manage street sex work through cooperation with workers so that any inconvenience to the community is minimised. Police forces need to develop strategies to decrease violence in cooperation with workers, groups and unions such as ourselves, and the local community.”

The IUSW supports the English Collective of Prostitutes’ calls for a police amnesty to allow prostitutes to come forward with possible information about the murders without fear of arrest, but urges that this be extended into a new framework through decriminalization whereby sex workers are always free to report concerns to police. Financial support and cooperation is also needed from government and police forces to support sex work projects running Ugly Mug schemes (early warning systems about violent clients for sex workers).

International human rights and workers rights laws, already in place, must be applied to sex workers as much as to other members of society, the IUSW states. The Declaration of the Rights of Sex Workers in Europe, endorsed in the European Parliament in Brussels in October 2005, identifies human and labour rights that sex workers are entitled to under international law. These include: the right to life; the right to liberty and security of person; the right to be protected
against violence, physical injury, threats and intimidation; the right to equal protection of the law; and the right to work, to free choice of employment and just and favourable conditions of work.

The Sex Workers in Europe Manifesto, endorsed at the same time, represents the voices of sex workers from across Europe. It states:
“We condemn the hypocrisy within our societies where our services are used but our activities are criminalised and legislation results in our exploitation and lack of control over our work and lives.” The Manifesto calls for the establishment of designated areas for street prostitution to enable those who work in public places to do so safely.

Lopes comments, “December 17th is the fourth International Day To End Violence Against Sex Workers, the marking of which will be particularly poignant in the light of recent events. These murders highlight how urgent the need is to reassess the law and society’s view of sex workers to ensure they enjoy the same rights as the rest
of their communities.”

For further comment please contact:

Rose Conroy, GMB Press & Media for London Region, on
Rosie.Conroy@gmb.org.uk , tel. 07974 251823

IUSW President Ana Lopez on ana@iusw.org , tel. 00351917162817

The Declaration of the Rights of Sex Workers in Europe and Sex Workers
in Europe Manifesto
can be found at www.sexworkeurope.org





Regeringens handlingsplan til bekæmpelse af kvindehandel

3 12 2006

Regeringens handlingsplan til bekæmpelse af kvindehandel

Læs også Regeringens handlingsplan til bekæmpelse af kvindehandel: http://www.lige.dk/Files/PDF/handlingsplan_kvindehandel.pdf  på

Ligestillingsafdelingens hjemmeside: http://www.lige.dk/indsats_handel_plan.asp

  

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Kompendium om indsatser mod kvindehandel i andre lande

I handlingsplanen er der listet en række konkrete initiativer. Læs resumé. Kompendium om indsatser mod kvindehandel 17-08-2006 Videns- og Formidlingscenter for Socialt Udsatte har for Minister for Ligestilling udarbejdet et kompendium over en række landes indsatser mod kvindehandel.

Læs kompendium her : http://www.lige.dk/files/PDF/Kompendium.pdf  

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