Its Comic Relief week! I know that so many people will be supporting Comic Relief today and I wanted to give you an example of the difference your work is making. Comic Relief’s funding allows us to offer specialist support to sexworkers who have experienceed sexual or domestic violence. Sex workers face a particular challenge … Continue reading Comic Relief: making a difference with Basis Yorkshire
Since the murder of Daria Pionko in Dec. 2015 and the news about the continuation of the manged area in Oct. 2015 (reported on in January 2016), there has been increased focus by the media on the managed approach to sex work in Leeds and the women that work there. Unfortunately, in many cases, the … Continue reading Press in the Leeds Managed Area – again!
Today we remember Daria Pionko, a 23 year old sex worker who was murdered last year in Leeds. Our thoughts today are particularly with her family and friends both here in the UK and in Poland. As an organisation we work hard to keep sexworkers safer ,and support them to report violence they may have … Continue reading Remembering Daria Pionko
Violence against women is one of the factors at play when female sex workers are killed. But large amounts of evidence from around the world have shown that another major factor is the criminalisation of those involved in the sex industry. Ingala Smith isolated the death of Daria Pionko here in Leeds as a reason … Continue reading Criminalisation of sex workers in the context of murder
We are writing to express our serious concerns about a number of joint UK Border Agency and police operations targeting migrant sex workers which took place during the week commencing 17th October, the week during which Anti-Slavery Day, 18th October 2016, is marked. On Thursday 20th October in Soho and Chinatown, London, six premises were … Continue reading Joint Statement expressing serious concerns about police and UK Border Agency actions targeting migrant sex workers