Sex Worker Open University has drafted a key-fact about sex work and decriminalisation available below. Sex Worker Open University is not affiliated to a political party. We support the decriminalisation of sex work and encourage political parties to follow the examples of the Green party and the Liberal Democrats who support the decriminalisation of sex work.
Sex work decriminalisation does not increase the sex industry or trafficking. This has been made very clear from the New Zealand experience.
Sex work decriminalisation does not mean decriminalising forced labour & trafficking, nor will it remove laws against exploitation, abuse and violence. On the contrary, decriminalisation is actually the best way to enable sex workers using these laws.
Sex work decriminalisation is supported by all sex workers organisations around the world, United Nations agencies, Amnesty International, anti-trafficking organisations, health institutions and so on because it is proven the best policy to reduce the levels of violence and HIV infections.
Criminalising clients and third parties as suggest Ms Harman does not allow sex workers to be protected since we must continue to hide from the police. It forces us to work in remote and dangerous areas; it pushes us more into precarious conditions, and furthers exploitation from landlords and intermediaries.
96% of Britain sex workers are opposed to the criminalisation of clients according to a National Ugly Mugs survey. They are 98% in Northern Ireland and France. Those who support clients’ criminalisation cannot pretend to do it in our name.
Criminalising clients and third parties in Sweden has not reduced the number of sex workers but only displaced and forced sex workers to hide more. Swedish police say that the number of underground massage parlours has almost tripled. The number of escort adverts has passed from 586 prior the law to 7667 in 2014 according to Swedish authorities.
Likewise, there is no evidence that human trafficking has decreased in Sweden. Swedish police 2012 report actually say that the number of victims increased. In Norway, a study claims that human trafficking is also on the rise.
What pushes most sex workers to do sex work is not the demand from clients but our own economic situation. Therefore the best way to reduce our need to do sex work is to implement anti-austerity policies, free education, drug harm reduction, give migrants residency permits, support queers and transgender rights, and back single mothers. This is what Mr Corbyn supports but this is not what Ms Harman did when she was in cabinet, quite the opposite.
Jeremy Corbyn politics are the ones we support, because they are the best way to support all sex workers: those who want to stop sex work and those who keep working.
 Aftenposten report, Coordinating Unit for Victims of Trafficking http://www.tnp.no/norway/panorama/5012-record-number-of-human-trafficking-in-norway