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Labour party Conference fringe event debates prostitution

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Where should progressives stand on sex work? That was the subject of a sharp debate at Labour conference organised by Left Foot Forward, where opposing sides crossed swords on what policy best protects women.

Labour MP Thangam Debbonaire and Dr Maddy Coy, deputy director of the Child and Woman Abuse Studies Unit, and co-convenor of the Nordic Model Information Network, argued for the Nordic model, practiced in Sweden, of "decriminalising" selling sex, but making it a crime to buy or solicit sex.

Catherine Stephens, of the International Union of Sex Workers, and Cari Mitchell, of the English Collective of Prostitutes (ECP), opposed this and called for full decriminalisation of the sex industry.

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