Because sex workers are illegal workers, they are unable to tell their own stories for fear of prosecution. Listen to their own words, read by others.

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HEAR THEIR WORDS

‘I wanted to support this project because we need to be grown up about sex work, and deal with the reality and not what we would prefer to be the case. I think decriminalisation is the only
responsible way to move forward.’

Michael Sheen

Julie Hesmondhalgh

reads Joanna’s words, who works in a brothel with others.

Julie Hesmondhalgh

reads Joanna’s words, who works in a brothel with others.

Stephanie Beacham

reads Jenny’s words, a mother who has been arrested.

Stephanie Beacham

reads Jenny’s words, a mother who has been arrested.

Michael Sheen

reads Sebastian’s words, a part-time teacher.

Michael Sheen

reads Sebastian’s words, a part-time teacher.

Indira Varma

reads Sorina’s words, a graduate who sends money to her son.

Indira Varma

reads Sorina’s words, a graduate who sends money to her son.

Doon Mackichan

reads Karen’s words, who has a child with severe disabilities.

Doon Mackichan

reads Karen’s words, who has a child with severe disabilities.

‘It’s about human rights, it’s about safety measures being put in place. Sex workers aren’t harming anyone and yet they are exposed to so much criminality themselves.’

Indira Varma

If it wasn’t illegal, women could report attacks without fear of prosecution

A criminal record destroys employment prospects

Decriminalisation makes women safer

The more covertly a woman operates, the more she is at risk of attack

INFORMATION

Please visit ECP for more information on the case for decriminalising prostitution

NIKI ADAMS, ECP

A WORD FROM THE FILMMAKERS

Meriem Adib and Claire Cottrell

MUM asks everyone to think about sex workers as real people who should have the same workers’ rights to safety as anyone else. We support the English Collective of Prostitutes and Amnesty’s call to decriminalise prostitution. This would mean that sex workers would be able to control their working environment legally and be able to freely exercise their rights before the law without fear of prosecution. This would help keep them safe. Under current law, selling sex is legal but women who work together for safety can be prosecuted for running brothels and many end up with criminal records for soliciting on the street. Sex workers are frequently left vulnerable to crime, robbed of their means, criminalised and at risk of their children being taken away from them.

It is a fact that most sex workers are mothers. Since the ‘austerity’ cuts more women have turned to prostitution as a way of earning much needed income. Decriminalisation would safe-guard them by giving them fundamental rights and without criminal records, a choice in life. 

MUM portrays a loving and nurturing relationship between mother and child. The only difference being that this mother works as a prostitute to make ends meet. We are showing what the reality is truly like for so many mothers out there, mothers who are stigmatised and criminalised.

Please sign the petition and share.

Thank you. 

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