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Prostitution Legislation: Interrogating legal models

Come to a talk on how the law can shape and impact prostitution. 

The debate about which legal and policy approaches work best to curb the problems inherent to the sex trade, including the increase in trafficking, has been raging for decades in the UK. On one side of the debate, ‘sex workers rights’ groups, supported by international human rights lobbies including Amnesty International, have advocated for the so-called ‘New Zealand’ model which provides for the full decriminalisation of all operational aspects of prostitution (including pimping, brothel keeping and all third party exploitation). However, feminists and others argue that such a model only increases the harm caused to those on the frontline and a growing movement of sex trade survivors have joined with others to advocate the 'Nordic model'. This is a legal framework by which sex buyers are criminalised, those selling sex are decriminalised and offered exit strategies, and the sex trade is viewed as a barrier to equality between men and women. 

Which approach is best for the women (and men) in the sex trade, and for wider society? Come to an event at Matrix Chambers, at which Julie Bindel, journalist and feminist campaigner, will launch her new book, 'The Pimping of Prostitution: Abolishing the Sex Work Myth' (Palgrave McMilan, 2017), and hear from Julie, who traveled 164,000 miles, conducting 250 interviews in 40 countries, cities, and states to research the topic. 

Speakers include sex trade survivors Sabrinna Valisce, New Zealand/Australia, Bridget Perrier, Canada, and Ne'Cole Daniels, US, and legal experts including Karon Monaghan QC of Matrix Chambers.

Admission is free but spaces are limited so please register. Refreshments will be served. Julie's book will be available to purchase at the event.

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6:30pm 6:30pm

Pimping of Prostitution: Abolishing the Sex Work Myth

Join us at this book launch and panel discussion on the truth about the sex trade. 

Julie Bindel, author of The Pimping of Prostitution, will outline the key themes of her book and share details of her extraordinary journey travelling the world to uncover the truth about the sex trade. Julie will be joined in a panel discussion with sex trade survivors from the UK, Australia and USA/Canada who will be sharing their personal knowledge and experience about the sex trade.

The speakers will be discussing the most effective methods to abolish the system of prostitution. 

Panel will include: Sex trade survivors Bridget Perrier, Indigenous Canadian abolitionist; Sabrinna Valisce, former 'sex worker's rights' campaigner, from Australia/New Zealand; and Ne'Cole Daniels, Founder of Survivors on the Move. Chaired by the broadcaster and cultural commentator Samira Ahmed. 

The cost of this event is £7.50 (which will pay towards the venue and refreshments). Wine, soft drinks and snacks are included in the cost of your ticket.

Blackwell's will be selling Julie's book as a special launch discount of 40% off the RRP.

6pm Doors open. Registration and refreshments

6.30pm sharp: Julie Bindel launches 'The Pimping of Prostitution'. Followed by panel discussion and questions from the audience.

8.30pm, drinks, snacks and networking.


All welcome, but please note that this event is NOT a debate about whether or not prostitution is harmful. Whatever your view, please be respectful of the speakers. If you heckle or attempt to disrupt the event you will be asked to leave. 

The Pimping of Prostitution: Abolishing the Sex Work Myth
Palgrave Macmillan
28th September 2017
£22.50 | Softcover | 978-1-137-55889-3

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