Can a country eradicate prostitution by punishing not the people who sell their bodies for sex, but the people who buy them?
That is the ambitious premise behind new legislation to be debated soon in the French National Assembly.
The bill tabled by the ruling Socialist Party (PS) contains more than 20 articles. Most of them are aimed at disrupting foreign pimping networks, or helping sex workers who want to stop.
Another abolishes an existing law against touting.
This was the message Women’s Network for Unity (WNU), a Cambodian sex worker-led collective, shared at the regional Asia Pacific Network of Sex Workers (APNSW) workshop last week from October 21-25. Worker-led collectives from India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar and Timor Leste joined the meeting in Phnom Penh and echoed these words.
Nirmala Ghosh, an outreach worker for sex worker collective Durbar Mahila Samanwaya Committee (DMSC) in Kolkata, India told Asian Correspondent through a translator that she became a sex worker when her husband was ill in 1995 and it fell upon her to support the family. She needed a job that would pay enough to care for her sick husband and four children.http://asiancorrespondent.com/114993/asian-sex-workers-we-are-proud-to-feed-our-families/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=asian-sex-workers-we-are-proud-to-feed-our-families
Check out the guest blog from our own sexual health expert, Stewart Attridge on Dr Fox, A Guide to Student Health.
"Herpes is one of the most common virally transmitted STI’s. There were 32,000 new diagnoses in 2013 (HPA, 2013); this is an 89% increase from 2003. Many people can carry the virus and it will not cause any problems, however some people still suffer great emotional distress when diagnosed due to the generally very negative view of herpes."
An article about Norway and sex work in the Independent...
"Hege Grostad is a university student, Mensa member and lobbyist. She finds the term "selling your body" distasteful, and describes her job as "relaxing". For the past two years she's also been one of Norway's 3,000 sex workers, and is at the heart of a grassroots campaign to decriminalise and regulate the sex industry."
"It is a campaign being fought within Norway's well-developed welfare state, not over the morality of prostitution, but over sex workers' rights to pensions and health and safety protection. Though many in the industry are vulnerable and exploited, the most vocal proponents of change are a group of women who claim they chose this career for themselves." See the full article... http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/a-taxing-issue-for-norways-sex-workers-8861316.html
Adjusting her skirt, Alice steps out of the house onto the dimly lit street as the sun begins to rise in the distance. She checks the street in both directions, ensuring that no one she knows is approaching to catch her out, she heads towards the route that will take her home as other girls wander past in their now dishevelled clubbing clothes, staggering to comfort from beds they only occupied for one night. When she gets back, Alice grabs her backpack, changes quickly, and heads out the door to her lecture hall, but not before she stashes a wad of cash she earned tonight. Because Alice hasn't been out clubbing with her mates, she's been having sex for money to fund the ever-rising costs of being a student. And she's not the only one."