Archive for February, 2014

Comeback: Why the Nordic Model harms women

February 27, 2014

Harlots Parlour

Posted from the Feminist Times

Independent escort Laura Lee and the English Collective of Prostitutes respond to RadFemUK’s piece on the European Parliament’s vote in favour of adopting the Nordic Model, which criminalises the purchase of sex.

Laura Lee

The decision by the European Parliament to vote in favour of Mary Honeyball’s paper is a very dark day for human rights and the rights of those of us often shunted to one side: sex workers. Throughout the whole “consultation process”, Ms Honeyball did not listen to the voices of sex workers – surely crucial to a law which will affect our lives so dramatically.

At first glance, it’s hard to see how Ms Honeyball could have reached the conclusions she did, flying in the face of such noted advocates of decriminalisation as the Global Commission on HIV and the Law, and the World Health Organisation to name but…

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Victory — closure order on sex workers’ Soho flat defeated; the flat re-opens!

February 23, 2014

Harlots Parlour

Some very good new, a victory, working flat in Soho opens after appeal against closure order.

Posted from The English Collective of Prostitutes website

Two sex workers’ flats in Soho, central London were yesterday re-opened by a judge at Isleworth Crown Court. Judge JW Kingston rejected police evidence that women working in walk-up flats in Brewer Street were being controlled or incited into prostitution for gain. He overturned the closure order and directed that the flat could reopen.   

Judge Kingston’s decision brought for the first time some common sense to legal cases, which have been rumbling through the courts since mass raids at the beginning of December closed 18 flats. He ruled that: “the furthest the evidence goes is to show that the Appellants used the first and second floor flats for prostitution by arrangement with other sex workers at mutually convenient and agreed times. That does not constitute…

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PLA ordered to commence war against Japan “when appropriate”

February 22, 2014

Consortium of Defense Analysts

PLA officersPeople’s Liberation Army officers

Chan Kai Yee of China Daily Mail, a blog with no connection to Beijing, Feb. 22, 2014, provides the following summary translation of an article in Qianzhan.com (Forward Looking), a Chinese-language news site headquartered in the city of Shenzhen in China’s southeastern Guangdong province, with offices in Beijing and Hong Kong:

Quite a few people have said that the conflict over the Diaoyus (known as Senkakus in Japan) has passed the stage of oral confrontation and what follows may very probably be direct military conflict.

It is especially so as, relying on US support, Japan is obviously declaring war against China already.

Sources say that China’s Central Military Commission has directly given Chinese military the instruction: “Fight if it is appropriate to fight.”

Sources pointed out that they had received information that Xi Jinping, Chairman of the Central Military…

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The Truth About Sex Trafficking

February 12, 2014

The Life and Works of Olive Seraphim

I’m not wasting anymore of my time arguing with antis who are too ignorant and lazy to do their own research, so I am going to make one post with some main points and some further reading and I am going to link every SWERF and anti to this post in future.
 
  • Sex trafficking does not have one definition. The definition is deliberately obfuscated to enable law enforcement and policy makers to sweep up as many sex workers as possible. The idea that sex trafficking involves captivity by force or victims being transported to work is entirely false. Anyone working underage or voluntarily travelling to work can be swept up in this deliberately vague notion. Migrant sex workers from South East Asia and Eastern Bloc Nations generally end up categorized this way without any evidence that they are not voluntary workers. 
  • Statistics surrounding sex trafficking and sex slavery…

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Priorities

February 3, 2014

The Honest Courtesan

Small communities grow great through harmony, great ones fall to pieces through discord.  –  Gaius Sallustius Crispus

herding catsOrganizing sex workers is like trying to herd cats, yet somehow they manage quite well in Asia (and to a slightly lesser extent in Africa and South America).  I think it’s largely due to the fact that whores in those places recognize the seriousness of the situation, and are willing to put their petty squabbles aside to pull together against the real enemy.  In Europe (especially the UK) that’s not so true, and in the US not at all (though Canada seems to do better); white Westerners seem to be either oblivious to the danger we’re in, or else unable to understand the concept of prioritization, or else unwilling to admit that their personal hurt feelings are less important by several orders of magnitude than the cause to which they claim to…

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