4 July 2018
A big thank you to everyone who emailed their MP asking them not to support an amendment to try and take down sites such as Vivastreet and Adultwork. While coverage has focused on the ability to "review" sex workers, the sites give important advertising space for sex workers, allowing them more control over their work and allowing them to share important information with each other about potentially dangerous clients. Similar laws in the United States supported by Donald Trump have had only one discernible impact: forcing sex workers underground and into the arms of traffickers and pimps.
At the #letussurvive rally earlier today in solidarity with sex workers. We need to end the culture of shame and allow people the right to work and organise. Sex work is work, and sex workers voices must be respected! pic.twitter.com/Qd3T8LTbAj— Amelia Womack (@Amelia_Womack) July 4, 2018
The Green Party launched its manifesto for gender equality outside Yarl's Wood detention centre in Bedfordshire. The 2017 manifesto's three key policies all relate to providing safety for all, regardless of gender.
The Greens also pledged to provide safety for sex workers through decriminalisation of both the sale and purchase of sex. This comes after UN and Amnesty International recommendations over the last year, showing that making sex work illegal only reduces safety.
Amelia Womack, Green Party deputy leader, said at the manifesto launch: "The bold policies we're announcing today show that the Green Party is committed to standing up for everyone, and we are not afraid to speak out about issues other parties would rather shy away from. From asylum seekers to sex workers, as well as all of us who use the NHS, these policies set us on the path to building a tolerant, inclusive society."
The Green Party continues to have zero tolerance of coercion, violence, or sexual abuse (including child abuse). Those who have been trafficked into the country and forced to work in the sex industry against their will should receive protection under the law. The Green Party continues to fight both for the rights of sex workers (those in the industry as consensual adults) and for support for those who want to leave or have left the industry, for example through proper accesss to re-training opportunities.
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