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2013

Taking Ideology to the Streets: Sex Work and How to Make Bad Things Worse

October 20, 2013 // 16 Comments

As I make her a cup of hot chocolate and count out free condoms, Dana takes a seat, tells me about last night. She waited on the streets for hours, frequently changing location in order to avoid police attention. The boyracers were out as usual, yelling abuse and throwing eggs as they sped by.... Gradually, the few remaining clients wore her down, and she agreed to do business with them for less than the usual price. She was out so long that she missed her hostel’s curfew and had to stay out...

Chrysalis Network Lures Children to be Sexually Abused on SexWork4U Website

October 20, 2013 // 26 Comments

A few days ago, when I was alerted to a website advertising for children to be sexually abused, I never expected it to be satire. The SexWork4U.com website advertised for ‘child sex workers’ to ‘start a rewarding career today’. There was a sign up form for children to make contact and another form to ‘refer friends and family’... SexWork4U had a Twitter account... After only 9 tweets, they had a following of 257 people. A lethal mix of 257 child sex abusers and vulnerable children.

BBC1 Inside Out: The Merseyside Hate Crime Model of Policing Prostitution – Monday 21 Oct, 7.30pm

October 19, 2013 // 12 Comments

The Merseyside hate crime model of policing prostitution leads the country. In these two documentaries for Inside Out, airing on BBC1 in the London and North West regions, writer Ruth Jacobs investigates why crimes against sex trade workers are going unpunished, clearly showing the urgency for the Merseyside model to be made UK wide to prevent more rapes and save lives, taking more rapists and murderers off the streets.

Ruth Jacobs – Panellist at Amnesty International HQ, London – Honest Lies Première Screening & Discussion – 14 Oct at 7PM

October 13, 2013 // 3 Comments

The short film 'Honest Lies' is based on a story written Anita James, a woman who was previously in prostitution... Following the screening will be a discussion of the challenges and barriers faced by women seeking to leave the sex trade, ways in which they can be empowered and supported, and a clear message of support for a change in UK law, calling for people who are in prostitution to be decriminalised.

Don’t Put Us Out On The Streets: Soho sex trade workers & supporters protest against evictions – 11AM, Wednesday 9 October 2013

October 8, 2013 // 5 Comments

Women in 26 Romilly Street are facing eviction on Wednesday 9 October as a result of a police crackdown... The English Collective of Prostitutes is initiating legal action... Leyla, from Romilly Street says, "I have four children back in Thailand who would not survive without the money I send them. Their lives were turned upside down by the recent floods...” It is believed that the evictions are to make way for a major hotel and luxury flats development.

In the Booth with Ruth – Casey Kelleher, Author

October 1, 2013 // 6 Comments

I cover some pretty disturbing storylines when writing, and whilst most of my readers enjoy my books, I know that some readers will find some of the subject matter difficult to read. But the issues I cover do happen, they are out there. And with every dark, murky tale, there is always a survivor: a strong person who battles through their harsh reality somehow, and that is what I champion.

Speak out: Rape and Sexual Assault in Yarl’s Wood Immigration & Removal Centre

September 30, 2013 // 14 Comments

Sexual and racist abuse and other violence by guards have prompted regular protests, even hunger strikes, by women detained in Yarl’s Wood. The same names of guards having sex with women in their care come up over and again. It appears to be so widespread that it is impossible for the authorities, including the Home Office, not to have known about it until it was publicly exposed. Women have been deported without the alleged rape being investigated – a cover up?...

In the Booth with Ruth – Leigh Russell, Author

September 24, 2013 // 3 Comments

My debut thriller, CUT SHORT, was inspired by an encounter with a stranger in my local park... It genuinely never occurred to me that anyone else would ever read my narrative, let alone publish it. The story that arose out of that brief encounter in the park went on to be published as CUT SHORT, shortlisted for a 2010 CWA Dagger Award for Best First Crime Novel...