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28th March

 Update: Passive Oppression...


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French sex workers order to wear plain clothes
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street walker fashion Women in skimpy outfits and high heels could be arrested under new French laws that make it illegal to simply look like a prostitute in public.

France is set to bring in a repressive new anti-vice law that makes passive soliciting by appearing to be offering sex for sale illegal. It is expected that prostitutes will be forced to wear casual clothing like jeans and trainers to get around the rules. The law will outlaw the act of publicly soliciting another person for paid sex, by any means, including passive behaviour .

But French sex workers' union Strass see the law as a huge step backwards . Spokesman Chloe Navarro said:

It is making criminals of women for how they dress, and victimising prostitutes for doing their job and aggravating their working conditions.

Lawmakers in France's upper house the Senate will vote on the law next week.

 

22nd March

 Update: Northern Ireland Human Rights Abuse...


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Sex worker to launch legal challenge of law criminalising the purchase of sex
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laura lee A sex worker is to use human rights legislation to try to overturn a new law in Northern Ireland that makes it illegal to pay for prostitutes. Dublin-born law graduate Laura Lee is launching an unprecedented legal challenge that could go all the way to Strasbourg.

The region is the only part of the UK where people can be convicted of paying for sex. The law, which was pushed by Democratic Unionist peer and Stormont assembly member Lord Morrow, comes into effect on 1 June.

Lee told the Guardian she will launch her case at the high court in Belfast in the same month as the law comes into effect. Lee said:

I am doing this because I believe that when two consenting adults have sex behind closed doors and if money changes hands then that is none of the state's business. The law they have introduced has nothing to do with people being trafficked but simply on their, the DUP's, moral abhorrence of paid sex.

I believe that after June 1st, sex workers' lives in Northern Ireland will actually be harder and the industry will be pushed underground.

Lee said her legal team would be referencing several articles of the European convention on human rights to challenge and overturn Morrow's law:

There are several articles that we can look starting with article 8 that governs the right to privacy. We will also focus on article 2 that concerns the right to life and we will argue that this law puts sex workers' safety by the fact the legislation will drive the trade further and further underground.

And then article 3 is about protection from degrading treatment, which is very relevant because in Scotland police have been subjecting sex workers to terrible things such as strip searching on women working in Edinburgh saunas. Our legal team will also refer to the right to earn a living enshrined in the European social charter.

Lee said she will fund the case partly via crowdfunding on social media networks and from sex worker campaign groups across the world.

 

22nd March

  Customary Control...

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US Representative proposes a new customs bill that controls or prohibits the import and export of pornography
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US Senate Representative Candice Miller is a Republican pas proposed a restructuring of Immigration and Customs Enforcement away from its current department and set it up as an agency all on its own.

Miller's bill, HR 877, would also create the position of Director of United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement, who'd have the power to:

Investigate and, where appropriate, refer for prosecution, any criminal violation of Federal law relating to or involving ... (B) customs, trade, or import or export control, including the illicit possession, movement of, or trade in goods, services, property, contraband, arms, instruments of terrorism, items controlled or prohibited from export, pornography , intellectual property, or monetary instruments...

The bill is being referred to the Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security for consideration before being brought to a vote by the full House-

 

20th March

 Offsite Article: Remaining unconvinced...

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Sweden flag The New York Times investigates Sweden's laws criminalising men who buy sex

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16th March

 Update: On the Periphery of Rome...

The church unites with sex workers against plans to move red light zone to deserted area
Link Here  full story: Human Rights Events in Thailand...Human Rights Critics Banned from Thailand

council Rome council has a plan is to corral the growing number of sex workers into an unpopulated set of designated streets, a tucked-away red-light district. Proponents reason the working girls can still serve male clients, but beyond the delicate eyes of wives, grandmothers and children.

The zones of tolerance, however, are meeting strong resistance from the Roman Catholic Church, the national government and the sex workers themselves.

Italy's prostitution laws are vague and still largely guided by a half-century-old act that banned brothels but left unclear the legality of street solicitation.

Religious groups that work with sex workers say the streetwalker problem is now critical, with the population at roughly 12,000, about double the number a decade ago.

The plan has made unlikely allies of the Catholic Church, which is fighting it on miserable moral grounds, and sex worlkers themselves, who are resisting it based on more earthly commercial concerns.

Although much of the public debate centres on what to do about female prostitutes, aid groups say almost half the streetwalkers in EUR are male transvestites or transsexuals.

 

15th March

 Offsite Article: Tourists on Sex Vacations are Increasingly Younger and Female...

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Costa Rica flag The stereotype of sexual tourists in Costa Rica being older, gray-haired, and western men is being shattered by a new generation of libidinous travelers who happen to be younger, and sometimes female

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13th March

 Update: Sex Labourers...

Barcelona court finds that sex workers in a brothel should be considered as employees
Link Here  full story: Sex Work in Spain...Debating the regularisation of prostitution

barcelona ajuntament logo A judge ruled in a Barcelona court that sex workers should be given contracts by brothel owners, who would pay social security contributions on their behalf. The civil court decision was made after a massage parlour offering sex services in the city was raided by labour inspectors. The judge ruled that management violated the women's rights and the firm, called Xcenter, would have to pay backdated national insurance payments for the prostitutes from 2012.

The owner argued that the workers were autonomous and not officially employed, however authorities stated that as there was a employer and employee working relationship, it constitutes a contract so social security payments should be made. The court has therefore ruled that prostitutes should be given the security of benefits, healthcare, pensions and unemployment payments to help safeguard them from being exploited.

Prostitution has been decriminalised in the country since 1995, however sex workers were not deemed to have had jobs and were not entitled to labour rights.

The decision by the court in Barcelona is not yet final, as it can be appealed to the Superior Court of Justice of Catalonia.

 

8th March

 Offsite Article: So Far So Good...

Link Here  full story: Criminalisng Buying Sex in Canada...Reducing prostitution by endangering sex workers
montreal logo Hundreds of erotic massage brothels flourishing in Montreal despite federal anti-prostitution law

See article from news.nationalpost.com

 

7th March

 Offsite Article: The porn industry has been pounded by the rise of internet tube sites...

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avn-awards 2010 logo The Independent takes a look at the US porn industry as it celebrated its Adult Oscars

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5th March

  No freedom of association...

Sex worker group challenges California's anti sex worker laws
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espler logo Laws against the commercial exchange of consensual, adult sexual activity are being challenged as violations free speech, due process and freedom of association rights

The Erotic Service Providers Legal, Education and Research Project (ESPLER), a community-based coalition advancing sexual privacy rights through legal advocacy, has filed a complaint in U.S. District Court against Kamala Harris, California's Attorney General and leading U.S. Senate candidate, and four Northern Californian District Attorneys, alleging the current anti-prostitution law violates fundamental Constitutional Rights.

The complaint contends that California's current anti-prostitution law unfairly deprives individuals the right to private consensual activity, criminalizes the discussion of this activity between consenting adults, and unconstitutionally places restrictions on individuals' right to freely associate.

ESPLER attorney D. Gill Sperlein explained:

We believe it is time to revisit the criminalization of prostitution and put the State to the test. In the light Lawrence v. Texas and Reliable Consultants v. Abbott, the State can no longer simply say that morality is a sufficient reason for regulating private sexual relationships even when it involves the exchange of moneySocial science clearly demonstrates that the criminalization of prostitution puts sex workers at risk of abuse because it discourages them from reaching out to law enforcement.

Maxine Doogan, ESLPER's President added:

Just as the Lawrence v. Texas decision made same-sex sexual activity legal, and the Loving v. Virginia decision struck down laws prohibiting interracial marriage, this complaint seeks to remove the government from restricting basic fundamental and widely recognized civil and human rights.

The complaint asks the court to declare that California's prostitution statute, Section 647(b) of the California Penal Code, is unconstitutional.

 

2nd March

  Adultery law is found to be cheating on the people...

South Korea's highest court finds that a law banning adultery is unconstitutional
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South Korea flag South Korea's highest court has struck down a decades-old law banning adultery, a statute that critics said is anachronistic and infringes on personal freedom.

The repressive law had been enacted in 1953 supposedly to 'protect' women in a male-dominated society.

Seo Ki-seok, a constitutional court justice, explained in an opinion representing five justices:

The law is unconstitutional as it infringes people's right to make their own decisions on sex and secrecy and freedom of their private life, violating the principle banning excessive enforcement under the constitution.

Seven members of the nine-judge panel deemed the law to be unconstitutional. Previously in 2008, the court had upheld the law, citing the society's legal perception that adultery is damaging to social order.

Critics have said the law against adultery is outdated in a society where rapid modernisation has frequently clashed with traditionally conservative values.

Several thousand spouses file criminal adultery complaints each year in South Korea, although it is rare for someone to be jailed. According to prosecutors, no one was put behind bars last year although 892 were indicted on adultery charges.

 

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