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Mentre i giornali urlano al ritorno di Jack lo Squartatore riguardo agli omicidi accorsi in questi giorni a Ipswich (Inghilterra), di cui sono state vittime tre prostitute,  a Milano, Roma e in altri comuni d’Italia si discutono e si applicano decreti anti-prostituzione o si installano telecamere per poter risalire ai presunti clienti. La gestione repressiva del mercato del sesso nel nostro Paese sta concorrendo egregiamente all’esposizione delle persone che ci lavorano a possibili violenze. Allontanandole dagli occhi dei residenti,  relegandole in zone poche frequentate e periferiche, sono rese più vulnerabili a ogni sorta di abusi.  L’ Unione Internazionale delle Sex Workers d’ Europa ha divulgato un comunicato stampa in cui propone, come unica soluzione alle perpetuate violenze, una definitiva decriminalizzazione della prostituzione.







International Union Of Sex Workers calls for decriminalisation of sex
work to increase worker safety

The confirmed murders of three prostitutes in the Ipswich area and
concerns for a missing fourth highlight the desperate need for
decriminalisation of sex work, states the International Union of Sex
Workers (IUSW).

"Sex workers are currently forced into dangerous working situations by
the illegality surrounding their profession, and do not feel able to
report offences or concerns to police for fear of arrest," says Ana
Lopes, President of the IUSW. "ASBOs and proposed laws to criminalise
clients are forcing them into increasingly vulnerable situations.
Decriminalisation would allow them to work safely and be protected by
European labour laws. It is also an essential starting point to
reducing stigma against sex workers which leads to their being even
more vulnerable to attack."

Prostitutes need safe areas in which to work, be that safety zones on
the streets or brothels where they can work together indoors. "Sex
workers are part of the community and should be treated as such, not
as a public disorder problem," Lopes states. "We believe ways can be
found to manage street sex work through cooperation with workers so
that any inconvenience to the community is minimised. Police forces
need to develop strategies to decrease violence in cooperation with
workers, groups and unions such as ourselves, and the local

The IUSW supports the English Collective of Prostitutes' calls for a
police amnesty to allow prostitutes to come forward with possible
information about the murders without fear of arrest, but urges that
this be extended into a new framework through decriminalization
whereby sex workers are always free to report concerns to police.
Financial support and cooperation is also needed from government and
police forces to support sex work projects running Ugly Mug schemes
(early warning systems about violent clients for sex workers).

International human rights and workers rights laws, already in place,
must be applied to sex workers as much as to other members of society,
the IUSW states. The Declaration of the Rights of Sex Workers in
Europe, endorsed in the European Parliament in Brussels in October
2005, identifies human and labour rights that sex workers are entitled
to under international law. These include: the right to life; the
right to liberty and security of person; the right to be protected
against violence, physical injury, threats and intimidation; the right
to equal protection of the law; and the right to work, to free choice
of employment and just and favourable conditions of work.

The Sex Workers in Europe Manifesto, endorsed at the same time,
represents the voices of sex workers from across Europe. It states:
"We condemn the hypocrisy within our societies where our services are
used but our activities are criminalised and legislation results in
our exploitation and lack of control over our work and lives." The
Manifesto calls for the establishment of designated areas for street
prostitution to enable those who work in public places to do so

Lopes comments, "December 17th is the fourth International Day To End
Violence Against Sex Workers, the marking of which will be
particularly poignant in the light of recent events. These murders
highlight how urgent the need is to reassess the law and society's
view of sex workers to ensure they enjoy the same rights as the rest
of their communities. "

For further comment please contact:

Rose Conroy, GMB Press & Media for London Region, on
Rosie.Conroy@ gmb.org.uk, tel. 07974 251823

IUSW President Ana Lopes on Indirizzo e-mail protetto dal bots spam , deve abilitare Javascript per vederlo , tel. 00351917162817