Join the fight for sex worker rights
In the UK selling sexual services is legal. But, measures that sex workers take to stay safe whilst engaging in their work are illegal. This means sex workers cannot work together inside or solicit in safe managed outside spaces. These current laws put sex workers at a high risk of violence, coercion and abuse.
As the cost of living crisis bites, benefit sanctions increase and poverty levels rise to all time high, more and more people are turning to sex work to make ends meet. That is why we are fighting for the full decriminalisation of sex work.
Decriminalisation will improve sex worker safety by increasing our authority in interactions with clients, landlords, police and managers. It will also improve relationships with healthcare providers which will result in a reduction in the contraction of sexual transmitted infections and diseases, including HIV.
We want you to use your power and take action and help to make decriminalisation a reality.
Here are three ways in which you can help sex workers fight for their safety.
As the cost of living goes up, sex workers can feel pushed to take more risks at work in order to keep afloat. This can lead to a greater risk of exploitation or violence from clients who know that sex workers are unable to report to the police, or unable to seek income elsewhere.
Hookers Against Hardship are working to help to alleviate sex workers’ financial hardship by asking for donations to support sex workers in crisis.
Sign the petition
During a cost of living crisis, when many more people (particularly mothers) will be going into sex work, the law should not be endangering sex workers who are just trying to make ends meet.
Sign this petition calling on the Government to decriminalise sex workers working on the street or together with others indoors.
Listen to sex workers
Sex workers are very rarely given a platform to tell our own stories, let alone a whole stage and a four night run to talk about our lives.
You have made the first step in becoming a sex worker ally by coming to see Stripped! But we don't want you to stop there. We have put together a list of resources created by sex workers and sex work organisations, so that you can continue to educate yourself on the fight for sex worker rights.