Since the introduction of Lord Morrow’s law making it illegal to purchase sex in June 2015, Northern Ireland has seen radical change to the sex industry, but not in the way it was sold as a measure to “End Demand”, tackle human trafficking or even obliterate the industry completely. Trafficking was and is already an offence in its own right. Rather, the only people to have suffered have been sex workers, you know, the group the law was supposed to “save”. So what’s changed? Continue reading Laura Lee Blog – Repeal the Morrow Law, Now!
You’ll often hear me complain loudly about my time on the corporate hamster wheel that is retail banking, and for good reason. Fewer souls have been destroyed in the eternal fires of hell. Thankfully I have a lot more self-respect in my current occupation, but I will always be thankful to banking for some basic life lessons. For example, it’s useful to know how to step back from a situation and not attach your adversary to his desk with an industrial stapler, a skill I perfected in many bank managers’ offices. I also learned the art of effective communication. Continue reading Laura Lee – The Importance of People Skills
What’s the difference between the Edinburgh pandas and sex workers? I’ve never known a sex worker yet with a penchant for chowing down on bamboo. Personally, I prefer to apply bamboo liberally to the backsides of Edinburgh’s pillars of society. The real difference is far more sinister, if a member of the public wants to view the Edinburgh pandas, they need to wait, pay and show respect. Sex workers? Lately it seems like it’s a free for all, with respect being the last thing on the voyeur’s mind. Continue reading The Victimisation of Sex Workers – Laura Lee Blog
This morning saw the news that the Home Affairs Select Committee have recommended decriminalisation in terms of sex workers working together for safety, the removal of the offence of soliciting and the quashing of previous convictions, thus removing barriers to exit from the industry. The press release is below – Continue reading Laura Lee – UK Parliament Calls For Sex Work Decriminalisation
SWAI today, May 26th, welcomes the release of Amnesty International’s Global Policy on Sex Work and groundbreaking research into the impact of criminal laws on sex workers’ rights. Continue reading SWAI Statement on Historic Amnesty Policy
May Day is celebrated around Europe as International Workers Day.
A day were we traditionally celebrate workers and demand fair treatment and rights from our employers and governments. Continue reading Laura Lee Blog – Sex Workers Alliance Marches on May Day!
Rose Alliance strongly condemns the vote by French National Assembly which criminalises the clients of sex workers in France. We stand in solidarity with the French sex workers who have fought against the introduction of this law and feel deep sorrow that yet another country has chosen the same path as Sweden despite evidence of the harm this path has caused here. Continue reading The Rose Alliance Condemns French Vote!
I’m not a fan of crime thrillers, at all, but having followed Dr. Magnanti’s previous works I was very interested to read The Turning Tide. I wasn’t disappointed. The story opens with the discovery of a body in the highlands and takes us on a journey, introducing us to some very rich and diverse characters along the way. Continue reading Laura Lee Blog – The Turning Tide Book Review
The Sex Workers Alliance Ireland would like to extend our thanks to the organisers and attendees of Saturday’s FEMPOWER conference. We received a warm welcome, and were met with significant interest and support from many of the women there, so much so that we ran out of copies of our policy document “Realising Sex Workers’ Rights in Ireland”. Continue reading Laura Lee – SWAI Statement on FEMPOWER
I’ve decided to write a letter to you. You may only recognise yourself in some of what I’m about to say. You may not recognise yourself at all, in which case, thank you friend. I’ve been hugely inspired by Panti Bliss and her wonderful film “Queen of Ireland” on her fight for equal marriage for the LGBT community and I want to acknowledge that. Continue reading A Letter to You – The Laura Lee Blog