EDIT: The petition is now closed, so I have un-stuck this post
EDIT: I’m sticking this post to the front page of the blog as this petition is so important. The blog will be updated regularly as normal, so please scroll down for new posts.
In the UK, more than half of women in prostitution have been raped and/or seriously sexually assaulted. At least three quarters have been physically assaulted. The mortality rate for women in prostitution in London is 12 times the national average.
Merseyside police declared crimes against sex workers hate crimes in 2006. In 2010, the conviction rate in Merseyside for crimes against sex workers was 84%. The rape conviction rate was 67% (the national average is 6.5%).
The National Association of Police Chiefs recommends the Merseyside model be adopted by all police forces.
In a report commissioned by the Mayor of London, Andrew Boff (Conservative Member of the London Assembly) recommends it.
We want the Merseyside model for crimes against sex workers to be compulsory in every UK police force.
Please don’t be put off by use of the term ‘sex workers’, the woman who set up the petition is interviewed here, she says:
Police need a huge amount of training, and a massive attitude change at ground level and above, to begin to make an impact. The Nordic model would be great, but we do not have robust enough attitudes of zero tolerance in our culture to achieve that yet. In the absence of such radical change, the police need to protect individuals from harm immediately.
This is potentially a real change that can be made far more easily and quickly than a change to the Nordic Model, and it will make real differences for women in prostitution.