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Oxford Union Debate 23 Feb

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Oxford Union debate - Tuesday 23 February 2010

"This House would decriminalise prostitution."

The Union aims to promote debate and discussion not just in Oxford University, but across the globe. Will this prestigious debating society help bring closer the serious consideration of decriminalisation in Britain? For how long will women continue to be penalised for supporting themselves and their families through sex work?

Proposers include:

Niki Adams, spokeswoman for the English Collective of Prostitutes whose memorable exchange with Denis MacShane MP on Newsnight last autumn helped discredit government and police false allegations that most sex workers in the UK had been trafficked.

Catherine Healy, key to the introduction of the New Zealand Prostitution Reform Act which decriminalised prostitution in 2003. She is a member of the Prostitution Law Reform Committee, and co-author of Taking the crime out of sex work: New Zealand sex workers' fight for decriminalisation, to be published in May 2010. Ms Healey's participation in the debate is being sponsored by Air New Zealand.

Jean Johnson, key member of Hampshire branch of the Federation of Women's Institutes which supports the decriminalisation of prostitution. Ms Johnson was part of The WI Guide to Brothels a 2008 Channel Four investigation into prostitution in different countries.

The precedent setting decriminalisation of prostitution in New Zealand has resulted in:

No rise in the numbers of women working w Sex workers being more likely to report incidents of violence to the police and other agencies w A positive change of attitude by members of the police and the judiciary w Attacks being cleared up more quickly as women are more likely to come forward with information without fear of arrest, making all women safer w Women finding it easier to leave prostitution as convictions have been cleared from their records.

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Is it my webbrowser or a crap website. I had to edit the source to read that site. Yes sigh, but what do you expect.

Maybe someone should have taken her up on the evidence, but then it would just be a mud slinging.

Again in the Lords on the Trafficking bill, the usual 'facts' were trolled out by Lord Sheikh. http://www.theyworkforyou.com/lords/?id=2010-03-05a.1721.2&s=prostitution#g1732.0

The average age of those who enter prostitution in Europe is frightfully low at 14 years. It is believed that the vast majority of these individuals are victims of trafficking.
It is therefore the duty of policy-makers and local agencies to give assistance whenever possible to the overwhelming majority of prostitutes who are in the industry against their will.

May be the Lord mixed his words up on that last quite, because it was part of child trafficking, so I will quote the whole paragraph.

Close to 330 children are trafficked in Europe each year; the majority enter the modern slave trade in the form of hard domestic labour or, increasingly, the adult trade. That is wholly undesirable and often results in children continuing in this industry into their adulthood. It is therefore the duty of policy-makers and local agencies to give assistance whenever possible to the overwhelming majority of prostitutes who are in the industry against their will.

But it still reads thet the majority of prostitutes work against their will.

You can't argue can you. Despite Nick in the Guardian pulling together the facts from Pentameter, and academics, still people come up with this crap.

Is Lord Sheikh taking the stats from street prostitutes, and the research that showed the majority of under aged sex workers started at 14. The research which was done in America and not Europe, and which only looked at under age sex workers.

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Is it my webbrowser or a crap website. I had to edit the source to read that site. Yes sigh, but what do you expect.

Maybe someone should have taken her up on the evidence, but then it would just be a mud slinging.

Again in the Lords on the Trafficking bill, the usual 'facts' were trolled out by Lord Sheikh. http://www.theyworkforyou.com/lords/?id=2010-03-05a.1721.2&s=prostitution#g1732.0

May be the Lord mixed his words up on that last quite, because it was part of child trafficking, so I will quote the whole paragraph.

But it still reads thet the majority of prostitutes work against their will.

You can't argue can you. Despite Nick in the Guardian pulling together the facts from Pentameter, and academics, still people come up with this crap.

Is Lord Sheikh taking the stats from street prostitutes, and the research that showed the majority of under aged sex workers started at 14. The research which was done in America and not Europe, and which only looked at under age sex workers.

Probably the usual situation in which Farley's discredited "research" has been provided by Government sponsored lobbyists; remember Fiona McTaggart using the same "research" on Radio 4 last year?

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