End Violence Against Sex Workers – the tributes made December 17, International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers.
A group of prostitutes and supporters built a memorial outside Parliament. It was to pay tribute to sex workers who lost their lives in 2017. More than a hundred killed in the UK.
The memorial was to highlight the lack of legal protection for sex workers. They experience violent attacks. In some cases killed.
The service was led by the English Collective of Prostitutes (ECP). And Sex Worker Advocacy and Resistance Movement (SWARM).
In Ipswich a number of sex workers were violently killed. The City’s Labour MP, Sandy Martin gave his support. He backed the demand for changes to be made. And for the safety and human rights of prostitutes.
There was also a call to decriminalise sex work. English Collective of Prostitutes urged the Government to include evidence from sex workers in their investigation concerning new legislation. A Select Committee is to advise the Home Office on whether extra laws be introduced. Under present law it is illegal to work as a prostitute.
Quotes: No bad women only bad laws. Stop Police harassment. Stop violence, decriminalise sex work.
For us it is a day of mourning to remember all those who lost their lives in the last year and the years before. We need to make sure this doesn’t happen again
Police raids are violent and degrading.
The memorial service and demonstration was held over two days.
Take a look at how names are revealed of sex workers killed not only in the UK but also across the globe. All were at work doing their job.
Watch as supporters read out names to the crowd and attach them to the memorial.
footage ECP/SWARM. edit ynuk.tv
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Memorial for violently killed #SexWorkers installed outside Parliament.Crowd urged MPs to #decriminalise industry for safety & #HumanRights of prostitutes https://t.co/FWlHo3kVjM #internationaldaytoendviolenceagainstsexworkers @ProstitutesColl pic.twitter.com/X6slT0Tt4G
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