I have a couple of template letters you might want to AMEND and send to the following. I would also suggest you include your MP. These were crafted by an IUSW member Douglas Fox. Re emails it is better if using a template to alter it a little otherwise they do tend to get ignored unless there are thousands. Also like all emails or letters it is often quantities of concerned emails that have effect.
The more people who write to their MPs as well. Something indeed anything to the point will be noted and the more concern that is shown then the better and more likely that the MPs will pay heed. Quite simply they need votes and they want support. An MP who feels he is going against the majority of his/her constituents is not a happy MP.
Jacqui Smith, Home Secretary,
Fax: 020 7035 3262
Head of Clubs and Vice
Charing Cross Police Station,
London, WC2N 4JP
Sir paul Stephenson
Metropolitan Police Commissioner,
New Scotland Yard, 8-10 Broadway,
London, SW1H 0BG
Please send copies of any letters to:
English Collective of Prostitutes, firstname.lastname@example.org
John McDonnell MP, email@example.com
Richard Faulkner, House of Lords , firstname.lastname@example.org
Idea for letter to home secretary Jacqui Smith
Dear Jacqui Smith MP (Home secretary)
I am concerned at the governmentâ€™s proposals to further criminalise sex work by criminalising the clients of sex workers who are controlled for gain and targeting brothels.
Two girls working together for security and companionship is legally a brothel. The majority of sex workers like the majority of British subjects choose to work for a third party for anonymity, security and because safe businesses provide social support networks. It is unfair and unjust that sex workers should be denied the same rights as any other working person. There is decades of collated evidence that indoor sex work is the safest place for sex workers and the majority of evidence including raids during pentameter 1 and 11 prove that there is little evidence of coercion or trafficking. Despite this the government is planning new laws to target safe places of work and indeed is already doing so.
During recent raids in Soho police arrested and threatened with controlling for gain Ms Tracey Ramsey a brothel receptionist who is also the sole carer for her elderly father who also has Alzheimerâ€™s. This was despite the fact that there was no evidence of any abuse or trafficking. Receptionist and other support staff employed to ensure the safety of sex workers are being targeted under unfair laws that do not differentiate between coercion and genuine managements who are employed by sex workers to perform specific roles ensuring safe business practises. The government talks a lot about ensuring the safety of sex workers and yet creates laws that target safe places of work and ensures that sex workers are alienated and vulnerable.
I would ask you to stop closing safe working premises and instead recognise the legitimate demands of sex workers to be afforded the same rights as any other UK worker. I would ask that as home secretary that you speak to and listen to sex workers and look at New Zealand where sex workers human rights are recognised in law.
Only by recognising peopleâ€™s rights will you stop injustice. The government is targeting an already vulnerable sector of workers and forcing them underground and into the hands of criminals. This is simply wrong and I ask that the home secretary does the right and just thing and stop persecuting sex workers.
Sir John Stevens
The head of club and vice..
Remember they are separate addresses and seperate people.
Dear Sir John Stevens/Head of clubs and vice.
I was dismayed that police have raided a brothel in Soho and have threatened to arrest Ms Tracey Ramsey on charges of controlling prostitutes for gain. Ms Ramsey was employed as a receptionist. There were no signs of coercion or trafficking.
It is a concern that already bad laws will be further exacerbated by the governmentâ€™s proposals to target brothels. Decades of independent research have shown brothels which legally can be just two women working together to be safe places (if free from coercion) for sex workers. The government also plans to criminalise the clients of sex workers controlled for gain which as you know will effectively mean the clients of the majority of sex workers who choose for reasons of anonymity, security and social support to work through a third party. The effect of these policies will be to push an already criminalised group of workers underground and into the hands of criminals. I hope you agree that further criminalising and marginalising an already stigmatised sector of our community will only further alienate those involved in sex work and make them further vulnerable to exploitation and abuse.
I ask you to use your discretion to stop raids and prosecutions of people involved in providing safe environments for sex workers and that you use any influence you have to persuade the government not to precede in pushing for more negative legislation targeted at sex workers. Only inclusion and rights have ever stopped abuse not criminalisation and exclusion.