Published on: Sep 19, 2014 @ 13:31
I do not see legislative compromise as impossible, in the context of any jurisdiction.
I do not care what legislation is passed to shut up the rich and powerful combined abolitionist lobbies on condition that the right of adult sex workers to autonomy, self determination and a market from which to derive a living is respected equally. It does not even matter how many predatory, unscrupulous and totally superfluous NGOs are funded to “rescue” sex workers through huge salaries and junketing as long as sex workers are free to reject them without coercion through negative interference with their income and working conditions. This can be achieved very simply by appending the following to any legislation:
- Exemption from prosecution for sex workers and sex buyers within street based exemption zones, with zero tolerance for criminal activity of any kind, from any party within those zones.
- Exemption from prosecution for licenced indoor sex workers and their clients. With a one time three month grace period before a licence is required to avoid compliance unintentionally serving to pressure individuals to committing to indoor sex work.
- No interference in licenced sex workers working together.
- No prosecution for business premises licenced for sex work.
- No prosecution for private landlords who rent to sex workers at the usual going rate for accommodation in the area.
- The right to evict a sex worker from privately rented accommodation with 48 hours notice unless the premises are her main residence (bearing in mind that the use of a private premises for business often represents an exemption in itself)
- The legalization of advertising of sex work on condition there is no charge made to the advertiser – (this last is essential in Ireland to break the monopoly of Escort Ireland which has, ironically, been significantly enhanced by proposed Nordic Model legislation and now has a very sinister potential indeed. I feel confident a similar pattern has been repeated in other countries).
If implemented, I believe the above will ensure that sex workers are accorded the same rights and freedoms as any other person regardless of the legislation to which they are appended. They will also leave the way open for sex worker lead regulation of a more transparent sex industry, and facilitate good relations between sex workers and the authorities where Nordic Model legislation alone destroys that.
All comment welcome with open arms, but remember, what I am looking for here is not an ideal world (sadly) but a compromise it would be hard, or even impossible for any government or organisation to argue against successfully except with naked bigotry and spite.
Please feel free to send these suggestions, hopefully with your own amendments to any elected representative, or other, you deem appropriate. I submitted the main points to the Joint Oireachtas Committee and the Department of Justice long ago.