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In Its Official Policy Launched Today The Women's Equality Party Supports The Nordic Model

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In a 35-page policy booklet published today, the Women's Equality Part formally endorses the Nordic Model: women never to be prosecuted for selling sex and the criminalisation of the purchase of sex within two years.

 

How disappointing. Most sex workers are women and your Equality Party is trying to make your job more dangerous or do you out of a job altogether. Does the Women's Equality Party make you feel equal or your views respected?

 

More details presumably at the party's web site but I can't be sure. The site crashed this morning and is still down as I write this.

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Yup, disappointed. Very. But we have some far better and more influential bodies on the side of decriminalising sex and stating that prosecuting the clients of sex workers is a very bad thing so there is that! 

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Yet more women thinking they know best for all women and assuming that just because they have vaginas too that they know what motivates us and what our lives are all about. Very disappointing but no surprise. Womens lib is dead, it doesnt exist in the form of true womens lib, its just a pale flacid immitation and women treating us in the same way that they dont want men treating them, as if we have no wit, logic or common sense of our own

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Would be interesting to see this party's opinion on the finer details of the Nordic model- if if selling sex is legal per se, are they still happy with women being criminalised if they work together? Are they still happy with women being evicted and having no home because their landlord cannot allow his/her tenants to use the property to sell sex? And what does this party intend to do about desperate women who rely heavily on sexwork for income? Will they send them money to compensate for a reduction in business?

 

Fortunately, this party is one of the smaller minor ones few people pay attention to like the Monster Raving Loony party, and hopefully it will stay that way.

 

If it's any consolation Amnesty International, one of the biggest worldwide human rights organisations, formally supports decriminalisation.

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If it's any consolation Amnesty International, one of the biggest worldwide human rights organisations, formally supports decriminalisation.

 

As does the World Health Organisation:

 

Laws criminalizing sex work reduce the control of young people who sell sex over their working conditions and deter them from seeking services for fear of arrest and prosecution. These laws are often enforced punitively through confiscation of condoms, which are used as proof of solicitation; mandatory, compulsory or coerced testing for HIV; absence of lack of labour and social security rights; and denial of identity documents and citizenship rights.

 

In countries where sex workers are not criminalized but those who purchase sex are, there is anecdotal evidence that sex workers are forced to go “underground” – contacting and meeting clients in less public places and reducing the time spent assessing clients for risk. This can make it harder for them to maintain their physical safety and to access social and health programmes, including for HIV prevention and treatment.*

 

From http://www.who.int/hiv/pub/guidelines/briefs__sw_2014.pdf Page 17

 

 

* The report cities these references in support of this statement:

 

Skilbrei ML, Holmström C. Prostitution policy in the Nordic region: ambiguous sympathies. Burlington (VT): Ashgate Publishing Company; 2013.

 

Chu SKH, Glass R. Sex work law reform in Canada: Considering problems with the Nordic model. Alta Law Rev. 2013; 51(1):101–124 (http://www.aidslaw.ca/publications/interfaces/downloadFile.php?ref=2193, accessed 16 June 2014).

 

Dodillet S, Östergren P. The Swedish Sex Purchase Act: claimed success and documented effects. Conference paper presented at the International Workshop: Decriminalizing Prostitution and Beyond: Practical Experiences and Challenges. The Hague, March 3 and4, 2011 (http://gup.ub.gu.se/records/fulltext/140671.pdf, Accessed 16 June 2014).

 

Norwegian Ministry of Justice and the Police, working group on the legal regulation of the purchase of sexual services. Purchasing sexual services in Sweden and the Netherlands: legal regulation and experiences. Oslo: Norwegian Ministry of Justice and the Police; 2004 (http://www.regjeringen.no/upload/kilde/jd/rap/2004/0034/ddd/pdfv/232216-purchasing_sexual_services_in_sweden_and_the_nederlands.pdf, accessed 16 June 2014).

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Hardly news that they hold those views. I would ask YourSlave to withdraw his slur on the Monster Raving Loony Party in equating to the Women's Equality Party. The Loonys are far more sensible.

 

Incidentally the Nordic model to my mind promotes inequality rather than equality

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