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Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Paula Nicol from the English Collective of Prostitutes, which campaigns for the abolition of the prostitution laws which criminalize sex workers and their families, and for economic alternatives and higher benefits and wages.
I have worked as a sex worker in at least ten different flats in Soho over the last six years. To my great fortune I wasn’t there on Wednesday 4 December when 200 police raided the walk-up flats.
I saw that Met police commander Alison Newcomb said the raids were “not about the prosecution of prostitutes” but to “to close brothels where we have evidence of very serious crimes happening, including rape and human trafficking.” I say to her: “show us the victims.” I haven’t heard of one arrest for rape or trafficking. Instead some of my friends were held for 23 hours and bullied into accepting cautions for criminal offences. Other women I know were taken to a “place of safety” despite them saying that they weren’t being forced to work. Read More »
I was raised by an educator. My Granny was a teacher and my sister followed her career path, later becoming an assistant principal. Growing up I
wasn’t disciplined for too many things was disciplined the most for fucking up in school. If my mother or grandmother got word that I was even late for a class too many times I could expect to grounded swiftly. For my parents (my grandmother was one of my parents), education was the righteous path and college was the promised land. When senior year of high school came around I had already decided which school I wanted to go, which ones I would apply to so I’d have options, and which program of study I would enter upon my arrival. Back then, when I had dreams of being a fancy OB-GYN, I was sure that my family was right: that a college education was the only right way to go after high school. Read More »
In a shocking decision, India’s supreme court overturned a ruling from a lower court that decriminalized “homosexual acts.” This ruling reenacts sodomy laws that make it a crime for consenting adults to engage in ”intercourse against the order of nature.” My interpretation of this is: no sex that doesn’t involve vaginal penetration with a penis. Obviously this is extremely heteronormative; and according to NPR, the law–Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, which isn’t often used for prosecution–is often used to target and harass LGBTQ people. Breaking this law is punishable by 10 years in prison. Read More »