Support sex workers during the Olympics – model motions for trade and student unions

Below are model motions that can be used in trade and student unions to support the campaign for a moratorium on sex worker arrests during the Olympics.
TRADE UNION MODEL MOTION

Model motion to support the Moratorium 2012 campaign to suspend sex worker arrests in London during the Olympics

This branch notes;

1) That governments, charity organisations and campaign groups have argued that large sporting events lead to an increase in trafficking for prostitution. These claims, often repeated by the media, are usually based on misinformation, poor data and a tendency to sensationalise. There is no evidence that large sporting events cause an increase in trafficking for prostitution, yet these claims can lead to anti-trafficking policies and policing practices that target sex workers.
2) In London, anti-trafficking practices have resulted in raids on brothels, closures and arbitrary arrests of people working in the sex industry. This creates a climate of fear among workers, leaving them less likely to report crimes against them and more vulnerable to abuse and exploitation.
3) “Clean up efforts” are already underway in London, particularly east London, in the run up to the Olympics. These include multiple raids and closure of premises.
4) It is likely that until the end of the Olympic games there will be a continued rise in the numbers of raids, arrests and level of harassment of sex workers.

This branch believes;

1) That anti-trafficking measures should not be used as a way of targeting sex workers and that crackdowns on sex workers are an inadequate response to sex work and to trafficking.
2) That arresting and detaining sex workers and detaining and deporting migrant sex workers is an unacceptable attack on working people.
3) A moratorium on sex worker arrests during the Olympics is the best way to ensure that sex workers can work in safe conditions and are less vulnerable to abuse and exploitation.

This branch resolves;

1) To sign the open letter to the Mayor of London calling for a moratorium on sex worker arrests.
2) To support the Moratorium 2012 campaign – distributing information about the campaign and its activities among branch members and its networks.
3) To donate £__ to the Moratorium 2012 campaign.

http://www.moratorium2012.org

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STUDENT UNION MODEL MOTION

Model motion to support the Moratorium 2012 campaign to suspend sex worker arrests in London during the Olympics

This student union notes;

1) That governments, charity organisations and campaign groups have argued that large sporting events lead to an increase in trafficking for prostitution. These claims, often repeated by the media, are usually based on misinformation, poor data and a tendency to sensationalise. There is no evidence that large sporting events cause an increase in trafficking for prostitution, yet these claims can lead to anti-trafficking policies and policing practices that target sex workers.
2) In London, anti-trafficking practices have resulted in raids on brothels, closures and arbitrary arrests of people working in the sex industry. This creates a climate of fear among workers, leaving them less likely to report crimes against them and more vulnerable to abuse and exploitation.
3) “Clean up efforts” are already underway in London, particularly east London, in the run up to the Olympics. These include multiple raids and closure of premises.
4) It is likely that until the end of the Olympic games there will be a continued rise in the numbers of raids, arrests and level of harassment of sex workers.

This student union believes;

1) That anti-trafficking measures should not be used as a way of targeting sex workers and that crackdowns on sex workers are an inadequate response to sex work and to trafficking.
2) That arresting and detaining sex workers and detaining and deporting migrant sex workers is an unacceptable attack on working people.
3) A moratorium on sex worker arrests during the Olympics is the best way to ensure that sex workers can work in safe conditions and are less vulnerable to abuse and exploitation.

This student union resolves;

1) To sign the open letter to the Mayor of London calling for a moratorium on sex worker arrests.
2) To support the Moratorium 2012 campaign – distributing information about the campaign and its activities among branch members and its networks.
3) To donate £__ to the Moratorium 2012 campaign.

http://www.moratorium2012.org

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