Lift recently submitted a response to Amnesty International’s policy consultation on prostitution. Amnesty are currently considering a proposal to take a stance in favour of decriminalising prostitution and will be voting on this issue at their AGM on 12th April.
We felt it was important to raise our concerns about the proposal. Whilst we support a call for women involved in prostitution to be decriminalised, we object to the proposal that men should be free to by sex. We feel that this stance ignores the unequal power dynamics at play between men who buy sex and prostituted women and normalises the abuse that is inherent in prostitution. You can read our consultation submission here.
If you would like to write to Amnesty on the issue, you can use our template letter.
A leaked document recently revealed that Amnesty International are proposing to take a stance on prostitution in favour of decriminalising both the buying and selling of sex. Whilst we are in favour of the decriminalisation of women who sell sex, we are concerned that the decriminalisation of men who buy sex will normalise the sex industry and the harms experienced by prostituted women. You can read more about the issue here.
To write a letter to Amnesty International please click here to see our template letter.
If you couldn’t make it to our Alternative Jack the Ripper tour or the Forgotten Women of Tower Hamlets event – or if you just thought it was that brilliant that you want to see it again – we’ve now put the audio up on Soundcloud and created a Storify to highlight the main issues from the evening and share some pics.
Listen to the evening event on Soundcloud
View the Storify
More Alternative Jack the Ripper tours are planned soon, watch this space!
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