January 18, 2017 at 5:35 pm #85096hallblitheParticipant
We are joining the Invest in Caring Not Killing contingent at the Women's March on London this Saturday 21 January. It would be great if you could join us. See details below for where we are meeting. Look out for our pink ECP banner!
Our message of support to the march:
The English Collective of Prostitutes is joining the Women’s March on London against Trump on Saturday 21 January. Across the world women face a critical situation as war and economic and environmental devastation fuel an increase in prostitution. Yet, those of us who survive and support our families through sex work risk persecution and prosecution.
Since 1975, the ECP has been campaigning against the criminalisation of sex work (the main obstacle to getting protection from violence and being able to leave prostitution if we want to) and against women’s poverty (the root cause of prostitution). At least 87% of sex workers are women. We are: mothers working to feed our children including immigrant women working to support families back home; asylum seekers forced by a deliberate government policy into destitution; people enduring zero hour contracts and the lowest wages; young people escaping violence in the home and in institutions; transgender people facing employment discrimination; students trying to escape the burden of massive debt . . . We are not ashamed of anything we have had to do to survive but we are enraged at how little credit we are given as women for the fact that many millions of people rely on us for their very survival.
We are fighting against criminalisation which means that many of us end up in prison or trapped in prostitution by a criminal record. We are fighting for our rights: our right to work and to not work in prostitution, our right to safety and protection and our right to unionise. We fighting against cuts and austerity that are forcing more of us to do this job and making it harder and less safe when we are working. We are fighting against violence and to demand that the police and courts protect us when we are attacked. We are fighting against the criminalisation of clients which increases the criminalisation of prostitution and forces us underground and into more danger.
The movement for decriminalisation, spearheaded by sex workers, is growing, emboldened by the support of organisations like Amnesty International. We are part of movements for justice, against poverty and for a more caring society for everyone. In this country we join with the hundreds of thousands behind Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn and Shadow Chancellor, John Mcdonnell, who have always defended workers whatever our occupation [sic], and stand with those of us at the bottom.
We must stand and move together. Our strength is your strength.
Global Women’s Strike will be on the Women’s March on London this Saturday, 21 January to say no to Trump and his mafia.
We are meeting at 11.30am at the corner of Grosvenor Square and North Audley Street with an Invest in Caring Not Killing Contingent.
Please come if you can. This is a women-led march for everybody. There are over 600 marches in 60 countries. Let’s come out with the world against Trump!
[Prostitution is "..only a specific expression of the general prostitution of the labourer' (Marx, Econonomic and Philosophic Manusccripts).]January 31, 2017 at 9:34 pm #124420AnonymousInactive
In Brazil prostitution is considered as a professional job ( male and female ) and they have claimed to be organized within the workers unions movement, with paid vacation, payments for hollidays, health insurance, and others fringe benefitsFebruary 11, 2017 at 11:19 am #124421alanjjohnstoneKeymasterQuote:Advocates for the rights of sex workers say that any crackdown on the country’s sex industry threatens to destroy, intentionally or not, the livelihoods of the women who work in it. And without a system in place to help women who are forced out of sex work, the government could be pushing thousands of families deeper into poverty…“This is a group of women who are refusing the poverty they are supposed to live in,” she says. “They want to take that chance, not just for themselves, but so they can bring their families, generationally, up out of poverty. So they’re the women buying the land, buying the tractor, sending kids to university, sending their brothers to the monkhood. They’re carrying the bulk of the family dream.”… 80 percent of Thailand’s sex workers are single mothers, and all are supporting some combination of parents, grandparents, and sometimes siblings with their sex work….NightLight, a charitable foundation and outreach project that helps sex workers who want to transition out of the industry says that although the organization would ultimately like to see the end of sex tourism, that can’t happen until the government addresses the issues that force women to turn to sex work in the first place.
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