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

17 12 2006


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



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.


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.

Condoms and coffee

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


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.

17 dec postcard

“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


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 , tel. 07974 251823

IUSW President Ana Lopez on , tel. 00351917162817

The Declaration of the Rights of Sex Workers in Europe and Sex Workers
in Europe Manifesto
can be found at

Human trafficking – modern slavery in Israel

3 12 2006

Investigative report reveals the scope and evil of modern slavery in Israel today.

Appeared on Israeli television news programs “Uvdah” … all » and “Mabat Sheni” in February 2006.

Reproduced with full permission.

12 dec. 06 – 1 behandling af forslag om kriminalisering af køb af sex hos prostituerede der er ofre for trafficking

3 12 2006

36) Forespørgsel nr. F 15:
Forespørgsel til socialministeren, mini­steren for ligestilling og justitsministeren [om kvin­dehandel].
Af Kirsten Brosbøl (S), Anne-Mette Win­ther Christiansen (V), Louise Frevert (DF), Tom Behnke (KF), Lone Dybkjær (RV), Pernille Vigsø Bagge (SF) og Line Bar­fod (EL).(Anmeldelse 03.11.2006. Fremme af forespørgslen vedtaget  09.11.2006). 

37)  1. behandling af beslutningsforslag nr.B 35:
Forslag til folketingsbeslutning om kri­mi­nalisering af køb af sex hos prosti­tu­ere­de, der er ofre for trafficking.
Af Lone Dybkjær (RV) m.fl.(Fremsættelse 10.11.2006). 

38)  1. behandling af beslutningsforslag nr. B 19:
Forslag til folketingsbeslutning om at ud­vide beskyttelsestilbuddet for kvinder, der har været ofre for menneskehandel.Af Kirsten Brosbøl (S), Lone Dybkjær (RV), Pernille Vigsø Bagge (SF) og Jørgen Arbo-Bæhr (EL) m.fl.(Fremsættelse 27.10.2006).



3 12 2006

The International Union of Sex Workers

IUSW - The International Union of Sex Workers

We demand:

  • Decriminalisation of all aspects of sex work involving consenting adults.
  • The right to form and join professional associations or unions.
  • The right to work on the same basis as other independent contractors and employers and to receive the same benefits as other self-employed or contracted workers.
  • No taxation without such rights and representation.
  • Zero tolerance of coercion, violence, sexual abuse, child labour, rape and racism.
  • Legal support for sex workers who want to sue those who exploit their labour.
  • The right to travel across national boundaries and obtain work permits wherever we live.
  • Clean and safe places to work.
  • The right to choose whether to work on our own or co-operatively with other sex workers.
  • The absolute right to say no.
  • Access to training – our jobs require very special skills and professional standards.
  • Access to health clinics where we do not feel stigmatised.
  • Re-training programmes for sex workers who want to leave the industry.
  • An end to social attitudes which stigmatise those who are or have been sex workers.

Sexköpslagen ska ses över

30 11 2006

Sexköpslagen ska ses över

måndag 20 november 2006

Regeringspartierna i riksdagen nu vill utvärdera sexköpslagen. Lagen infördes för sju år sedan. Men de är alla överens om att det inte ska bli lagligt att köpa sex.

– Vi vet att gatuprostitutionen har minskat, men vi vet väldigt lite om den dolda prostitutionen, vad som har hänt där, och också vilka konsekvenser det får för framför allt kvinnor som säljer sex, säger Hillevi Engström, riksdagsledamot för moderaterna och ledamot i justitieutskottet.


onsdag 22 november 2006

Unga tjejer säljer sex på nätet


Internet har gjort att unga tjejer som aldrig skulle tänka sig att sälja sex på gatan nu prostituerar sig via nätet. Front i P3 har tittat närmare på nätprostitutionen i Sverige.

Unga tjejer som aldrig skulle tänka sig att sälja sex ute på gatan prostituerar sig via nätet. Det säger länskriminalpolisen, forskare och socialsekretare runt om i landet. Front i P3:s Anna Landelius har träffat 24-åriga Karin. Hon började sälja sex för två månader sen och eftersom hennes släkt inte vet vad hon gör har vi bytt ut hennes röst och namn.

 ”Jag gör det inte för pengarna”

Just vägarna in i prostitution har blivit fler på grund av internet. Det kan till exempel börja med att man visar upp sig i webcam mot betalning. Sven-Axel Månsson, professor i socialt arbete har skrivit boken ”Sexindustrin på nätet”. Han har forskat om prostitution sen 70-talet och sett hur allt förändrats iom internet.

 ”Man glider in i prostitution”

Men fortfarande vet varken polis, forskare eller myndigheter så mycket om nätprostitutionens omfattning. Malmö ska som första kommun i Sverige kartlägga just prostitutionen på nätet och intervjua de som säljer sex. Niclas Olsson är socialsekreteraren som ligger bakom undersökningen.

 Socialtjänsten i Malmö kartlägger nätprostitutionen.

Det var 1998 som sexköpslagen kom. Den innebär att det är olagligt att köpa sex – men inte att sälja. Enligt kritiker har lagen bara lett till att sexköp flyttat inomhus och ut på nätet. Nu vill allianspartierna i riksdagen utvärdera vad sexköplagen egentligen inneburit. Det säger Hillevi Engström, moderat och ledamot i justitieutskottet.