The Guardian 21 Sept 2013
Former prostitutes and groups campaigning against sex trafficking will launch an international protest against UN reports that recommend the decriminalisation of pimping, brothel-keeping and the purchase of sex.
As global leaders gather in New York for the UN general assembly, the protesters claim that decriminalisation of the sex trade will endanger women.
“Governments around the world look to the United Nations to determine their policy and I am dismayed that any part of the UN would call for the decriminalisation of pimping and brothel-keeping,” said Lauren Hersh, the New York director of the women’s rights group Equality Now.
The pressure group is writing to Ban Ki-moon and other branches of the UN on Sunday with co-signatures from lobby groups in the UK, US and around the world.
“We don’t believe these reports’ recommendations will make women safer and decriminalisation provides an attractive environment for traffickers, pimps and organised crime,” said Hersh.