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Two-day protest in bid to end violence against sex workers

Names of victims will be read out during demonstration outside the Houses of Parliament

08 December, 2017 — By Tom Foot

Toni Mac at a protest against police raids on Soho sex workers 

A MEMORIAL will be set up outside the Houses of Parliament next week as part of a global protest to end violence against sex workers.

The English Collective of Prostitutes (ECP) and Sex Worker Advocacy and Resistance Movement (SWARM) will call for MPs to help protect vulnerable women and men from exploitation.

The two-day demonstration at New Palace Yard, on December 17 and 18 between noon and 2pm, will hear a roll call of names of sex workers killed since 2016.

In October Noor Mohammad, 29, pleaded guilty to the murder of 32-year-old Romina Kalaci – a sex worker in Fernhead Road, Maida Vale.

He pleaded guilty in Blackfriars Crown Court on the first day of his trial and was sentenced to life with a minimum sentence of 24 years.

Romani was working alone, legally, but legislation prevents more than one sex worker working in the same location.

It means sex workers often work alone in “pop-up brothels” and are as a result at risk of violence.

December 18 also marks an all-party parliamentary group inquiry into “pop-up brothels” which the protest organisers say is expected to recommend increases in levels of criminalisation of the industry.

They say that austerity cuts have increased prostitution.

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