Tsitsi Matekaire discusses how a women’s movement for full decriminalisation of the sex trade developed in post-colonial Africa and how it diverts attention from addressing the root causes of sexual exploitation: poverty, inequality, gender-based violence, and men’s demand for prostitution. Read More
‘Criminalising [buying sex] will be good for men, because it will push us away from something that brutalises our morals and carves our souls’
Steve explains why he realised that decriminalisation is not an appropriate response to prostitution and Ben explains why, as a disabled man, the idea that disabled men are entitled to prostitution is abhorrent. Read More
Violence and racism in the New Zealand sex trade
A powerful and moving talk from Ally-Marie Diamond about the realities of the decriminalised system of prostitution in New Zealand and its disastrous impact on Māori and Pasifika women and girls. Read More
Students for sale: Tools for resistance
Access to recordings and transcripts of the talks at the ‘Students for sale: Tools for resistance’ conference on Saturday 15 October 2022. Read More
On #DECRIM: Chelsea Geddes on New Zealand’s decriminalised prostitution system
Based on her 20 years in New Zealand’s brothels, Chelsea Geddes gives the lowdown on how ‘sex work decrim’ works in practice. Read More
The reality of New Zealand’s decriminalised sex trade
Chelsea Geddes draws on her more than 20 years in New Zealand’s legal brothels, to explain how the full decrim prostitution system works out in practice. Read More
‘Decriminalisation of the sex trade vs. the Nordic Model: What you need to know’ booklet
Download a free PDF or buy printed copies of our new 32-page A5-sized booklet setting out the pros and cons of full decrim of the sex trade vs. the Nordic Model. Read More
Who benefits when we promote “sex work” to students?
Yes, pimps and other capitalists benefit from a thriving sex industry, and so do men, but why do so many young women also cheerlead the “sex work is real work” propaganda and full decriminalisation of this toxic and sexist industry? Read More
I am a sex trade survivor and I support the Nordic Model. Here’s why.
Tara Ryan, a survivor of the sex trade, explains cogently and succinctly why she fully supports the Nordic Model and not full decriminalisation. Read More
Response to the Vagina Museum’s letter to Keir Starmer MP
Our letter to the Vagina Museum in response to the letter they sent to Keir Starmer MP asking him to support the full decriminalisation of the sex trade. Read More
German ex-police officer demolishes common arguments against the Nordic Model
Based on decades of policing Germany’s legalised prostitution system, Helmut Sporer blasts claims against the Nordic Model out of the water. This article summarises his arguments and explains why they are relevant to the UK and elsewhere. Read More
The Nordic Model vs. full decriminalisation: what do sex trade survivors say?
This is an edited transcript of the webinar we held on Sunday 24 January 2021. Read More
Prostitution policy: The Nordic Model or full decriminalization?
This page provides access to the recording and transcript of our ‘Prostitution policy: The Nordic Model or full decriminalization? What do sex trade survivors say?’ webinar that was held on 24 January 2021.
The theme of the webinar was the debate about the Sexual Exploitation Bill that Dame Diana Johnson recently tabled in the UK Parliament. If passed, this would establish a Nordic Model approach to prostitution legislation and policy in England and Wales. Read More
The Nordic Model: The best approach to tackling prostitution
This is a transcript of Megan King’s presentation at our ‘Prostitution: Work? … Or exploitation?’ webinar on Sunday 22 November 2020.
“I’m going to talk about the Nordic Model as the best approach to tackling prostitution. I’m Megan King. I speak as a survivor of the sex trade myself, initially being coerced into the trade and then I continued to sell sex off street independently, glamourizing my situation as a high-class escort, for a period of eight months across the south of England… Read More
Full decriminalisation of prostitution colludes with the notion that a woman’s consent is negotiable
When HARRIET EVANS fell into difficulties with her housing, and universal credit was too little to live on, she turned to prostitution as a way of keeping a roof over her head. Here she explains how the Nordic Model could have helped her and others in the sex industry.
“‘Sex work’ as a valid form of income redefines ‘consent.’ Full decriminalisation colludes with the notion that a woman’s consent is negotiable; it can be bought; it can be ignored.” Read More
‘I believe legalised prostitution strengthens and emboldens misogynistic attitudes in men’
‘Siobhan’ sent us this #MeToo account of her experiences in the legal sex trade in New Zealand and Australia through our Share Your Story page. This provides a space for women to tell their stories in their own words.
“These deliberate attempts by punters to mess with my head have affected me much, much more than the multitude of times I was physically and sexually assaulted in prostitution. I still ruminate about the veiled insults they made about my worth, my looks and my character… I thought I had low self-esteem at 17, but prostitution has absolutely destroyed it.” Read More
Why the Nordic Model? A view from New Zealand
Ally-Marie Diamond is of Maori/Pacific Islander heritage and grew up in New Zealand, where she was groomed into prostitution. In this engaging post, she explains how she came to be an activist for the Nordic Model and why she believes it is the best approach to prostitution policy and legislation. Read More
Paedocriminal apologetics from the sex industry apologists
The Global Network of Sex Work Projects (NSWP) is an umbrella group of hundreds of organisations around the world that purport to represent ‘sex workers,’ while in fact supporting and lobbying for the full decriminalisation of the entire sex trade, including pimps and brothel keepers (who they call ‘third parties’). This article looks at NSWP’s position on the prostitution of children and young adults, and shows how it serves to condone the paid rape of children. Read More
Full Decriminalisation of the sex trade will start an irreversible and dangerous domino effect
Ally-Marie Diamond is a sex trade survivor and activist, who grew up in New Zealand and now lives in Australia. This is the final part (slightly edited) of a speech she gave last year to the South Australian and Northern Territory parliaments when they were debating bills for Full Decriminalisation of the sex trade. Read More
Prostitution: What are the problems and how do we solve them?
Before we consider options for prostitution law and policy, we need a full understanding of how prostitution affects both the women and men involved, and the wider society. This article provides a brief summary of the impacts of prostitution and shows that prostitution is part of a wider systemic problem and that it therefore requires a systemic solution. The article goes on to show that the Nordic Model approach provides such a systemic solution – unlike full decriminalisation which would exacerbate the very problems that we need to solve. Read More
Legalisation of brothels and the carceral state
In this important article, Esther, who was herself in prostitution, draws parallels between methods of mass control and subjection introduced during the industrial revolution and the control of women and their widespread subjection to practices of sexual torture during the current technological revolution. She exposes the hypocrisy of the human rights organisations and capitalists who argue for the blanket decriminalisation of the sex trade, which would open up legal mega-brothels such as are found in Germany, and draws on her own experience to argue that the sex industry is rife with racism, sexism and classism, preys on the most powerless women and girls and is inherently traumatising. Legalising brothels benefits only the punters and the profiteers, not the women. Read More
The child sexual abuse hidden behind the ‘sex work’ façade
This article looks at evidence from Germany and New Zealand that legalising or decriminalising the prostitution of adults creates a façade behind which the prostitution (or paid rape) of children can thrive and weakens men’s individual and collective resistance to sexually abusing children. This suggests that opening up the commercial sex industry will always have profound child safeguarding implications – and gives the lie to assertions to the contrary. Read More
A Very Yorkshire Brothel or A Dereliction of Duty?
This is a letter of complaint that we have sent today to the ITV complaints department about its recent ‘documentary’ series entitled, A Very Yorkshire Brothel. We are also preparing a shorter version to submit to Ofcom. If you are also concerned that a British TV channel is presenting an extremely biased picture of prostitution for amusement under the guise of being a documentary, we encourage you to also submit a complaint. You are welcome to copy and paste from our letter. Read More
Which model is safest for women in prostitution: legalisation, full decrim, or partial decrim (Nordic Model)?
Drawing on her own lived experience, Jade looks at the ‘everyday reality’ of prostitution for women operating under three key models of prostitution law and policy – legalisation, full decriminalisation, and partial decriminalisation (aka the Nordic Model), and asks which model is safest for the women involved. Read More
Dismissing our arguments as ‘lies’, and other misconduct
Earlier this year, the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) Congress voted overwhelmingly for a motion that requires the RCN Council to lobby Governments across the UK for the “decriminalisation of prostitution.” We believe this was a terrible mistake and that the debate was biased and those promoting the motion behaved improperly.
We therefore wrote a letter, jointly with Stand Against Sexual Exploitation (SASE), to the members of the RCN Council setting out why they might want to revisit the matter. We offered to meet with them to discuss the issues in more depth and we asked for a response by the end of August. We have not had a single reply and so we are publishing the letter here. Read More
The Holbeck red light zone: condoms, sex offenders and cars full of jeering men
Holbeck in Leeds has been dubbed the UK’s first and only ‘legal’ red light district and there have been claims that it proves that legalising or decriminalising the sex trade is the way to go. Many other local councils are watching carefully as they are tempted to introduce copy cat zones. But what is it really like? Does it really make things safe for the women? Has it ended the practice of giving women cautions, fines, ASBOs and prison sentences for prostitution-related activities? What do the local residents have to say? We visit the zone to find out for ourselves. Read More
A message to left wing men
Ever since she saw rows of male Labour Party members voting against a motion that backed the Nordic Model approach to prostitution, the author of this piece has been talking to those men in her head. She’s finally written down what she wants to say to them. Men on the left, please listen. Read More
Prostitution: How Do We Make All Women Safe?
How do we #MakeAllWomenSafe in prostitution? Is that even possible? Read More
The long road to abolition
A reflection on the transatlantic slave trade – what drove it, how it was justified, and the long road to its abolition – and the current battle between those who want to open up the sex trade to the free markets and those who want to abolish the sex trade and the entire system of prostitution.
“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” – Nelson Mandela, 1995 Read More
Flyers about Motion 108 at the Unison Delegate Conference 2019
We’ve just taken delivery of a batch of flyers we’ve had printed to give out at the Unison National Delegate Conference next week (18-21 June 2019). They briefly explain that Motion 108: ‘Decriminalisation for safety’ seeks to overturn Unison’s longstanding support for the Nordic Model and replace it with full decriminalisation of the sex trade, which implicitly decriminalises pimps, brothel keepers and punters. Read More