delve a little deeper....
The Reclaim the Night organisation has issued a press statement about their 2015 March which happens soon. I'm not giving them the oxygen of publicity by proving any links or details so you'll have to google yourself if you want to find their website and Facebook page.
The concept of Reclaim the Night is a woman only march to give women a voice in a safe space and some stuff about rape and violence against women.
All good in theory. However, the below statement (part of the press release) makes it clear that 'women' only means certain women. Non sex worker women...
The march and speakers this year will highlight two major issues which have been important in 2015. The first is that we condemn Amnesty International’s decision to support the full decriminalisation of all aspects of prostitution, including pimping brothel-owning and the buying of sex. We believe this violates the basic human rights of women, children (and some men) involved in prostitution and is more damaging to women's lives than the alternative approach- the Nordic model-which criminalises the demand for commercial sex , while fully decriminalising individuals in prostitution and providing them with support and exit services for those who wish to exit prostitution.
Anyone who knows anything about the so called Nordic Model or indeed Amnesty International's recently voted in policy regarding sex work knows that actual sex workers do not want the Nordic Model (sometimes known as The Swedish Model) and that Amnesty based it's conclusions on a lot of research from around the world and by LISTENING to sex workers. The Nordic model is dangerous. I've written about it here and here, the latter includes several other links on the subject.
Reclaim the Night believe that Amnesty's stance on sex work violates the basic human rights of women and children (and some men). They don't seem to have understood the concept that criminalising clients will not stop prostitution and will make life more dangerous for those in sex work, whether through choice or otherwise. See above links if you don't know why.
The notion that decriminalistion supports pimps is disingenuous. A pimp is someone who profits from sex work but who does not actually do the sex work themselves. This includes people who let rooms to sex workers for payment, drivers, security, website developers and those who manage agencies and brothels. Baring in mind brothels are locations where more than one sex worker works so if I had two spare rooms and let them out to women for money I become a pimp and my flat a brothel.
The point is that there are 'good' people who profit from sex workers, women choose to join agencies because they prefer someone else to handle their marketing and arranging clients for them. Brothels provide safe locations for women who want to work with others for safety. I personally don't wish to give any of my fee to someone else, but other ways of working are available for sex workers and are not exploitative. It is no different from an actor employing an agent or a PR person really.
Those who say that they are opposed to Amnesty International's stance simply don't understand what the point of full decrim is. There are already laws on rape, violence which cover those who violate and force women (and obviously men) into doing things they don't want to.
Consensual selling of sex is something we have a right to do. It's my body, my time and my choice. Reclaim the Night and many other anti sex work organisations are actively campaigning to make sex work more dangerous.
Further to this, here is a statement from the wonderful SWOU after last year's event. It concludes with:
By arguing that our jobs should be taken from us, and protesting our workplaces, the organisers of London RtN self-evidently wish to subject us to the economic violence of poverty, and they specifically link our poverty - the "end" of sex work - to their own "liberation". There can be no liberation based on supporting and perpetrating increased violence against some women. Sex workers in London last night felt scared to be on the streets - scared of violence from RtN organisers.
It is clear from Reclaim the Night's statement today that they aren't even bothering to be secretive about their loathing of sex workers and that reclaiming the night is only for those who are 'good' girls.