Hundreds of prostitutes and their supporters marched through London last night on strike - protesting against unfair and unsafe working conditions. Huge crowds chanted 'sex work is work' and 'no bad whores, just bad laws' through the streets of Soho on Friday evening, undeterred by the rain. Traffic came to a standstill, with many drivers forced to turn back as the crowd marched defiantly with banners. A police car arrived within minutes but just followed the march slowly, keeping an appropriate distance from the lingerie-clad women. Sex workers are campaigning for the total decriminalisation of the industry, which they say would make prostitutes safer and allow them access to labour laws. Last night they chanted 'what do we want? Decrim! When do we want it? Now!' and 's.e.x should be s.a.f.e'. Although prostitution is legal in the UK, other related activities such as soliciting in a public place, owning or managing a brothel, pimping and pandering are criminalised. Selling sex in … [Read more...] about Hundreds of prostitutes ‘on strike’ as they protest unfair working conditions
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The level of taxation in Germany is a common lament among locals and foreigners alike. This is not just for the amount of tax - which is among the highest in Europe - but also for the odd tax categories which are not common elsewhere. At the end of February, The Local told readers about a German family who had their pedigree pug confiscated after they failed to pay the mandated dog tax. It got us thinking about some of the weird and unusual taxes unique to the Bundesrepublik. From taxing man's best friend to a former deduction on bribes paid to government officials, here are some of Germany's strangest Steuern. SEE ALSO: These are the 8 German tax breaks you need to know about Dog tax Dogs in Germany are subject to the Hundesteuer or ‘dog tax’, an annual fee which differs from state to state and is usually collected from dog owners. Although most jurisdictions have gotten rid of their dog taxes decades ago, Germany has stubbornly refused … [Read more...] about Prostitution, dogs and loneliness: A look at Germany’s weirdest taxes
Mayor Femke Halsema. Photo: Gemeente Amsterdam Amsterdam’s mayor Femke Halsema has called for changes to the city’s red light district, arguing that turning prostitution into a tourist attraction is ‘humiliating’ and ‘unacceptable’. The mayor, who took office last June, told Het Parool she wanted to consider all options for reforming the area, including the status quo, but gave a clear signal that the current situation was untenable. ‘The circumstances in which women have to do their work have worsened. So I can understand why a lot of Amsterdammers think: this is not the way we want prostitution to be or how it was supposed to be,’ she said. There has been growing concern that the number of tourists flocking to the red light district has made it more difficult for prostitutes to work in the area and compromised their safety. Unlicensed prostitution remains a problem in the city and has been linked to human trafficking. Halsema said … [Read more...] about Amsterdam’s mayor: ‘prostitutes should not be a tourist attraction’
The Spanish Socialist Party (PSOE) is drafting a sweeping bill to address the legal limbo affecting prostitution, which is neither regulated or criminalized in this country. Experts estimate that Spain has a €3.7 billion sex industry Spain’s governing party wants to penalize clients and those who provide apartments for prostitution activities. The sex workers themselves would not be targeted in any way, as they would be regarded as victims. The bill is inspired by the abolitionist model pioneered by Sweden (see side box). Under the terms of the new legislation, “gentlemen’s clubs” – there are an estimated 1,500 in Spain, or three for every hospital – would be shut down through court orders. The new law seeks to disincentivize demand by outlawing the purchase of sex. It also considers human trafficking for sex exploitation to be a form of gender violence. Several models The Swedish model. Sweden was a pioneer of the abolitionist model … [Read more...] about Spain tries ‘Swedish model’ to address prostitution’s legal limbo
Around midnight on Thursday, March 29, 2018 there was a knock on the door of Jack Williams' traditional terraced house in Bonymaen, a community of around 6,000 people which overlooks the city of Swansea. On the doorstep was Jonathan Donne, a 42-year-old heroin addict known as Jonny, who was freed from jail last year after serving 10 years for killing his girlfriend, Michelle Harkett. His new girlfriend Gemma Owen, 31, was hiding around the corner and Simon Cairns, 46, was hiding in the shadows, having driven them up to Bonymaen from the tough Brynmelyn housing estate where they lived. © Sputnik / Chris SummersJack Williams grew cannabis in the spare bedroom of this house in Bonymaen, near Swansea, and it cost him his life On Tuesday, October 30, Donne was convicted of Jack's murder at Swansea Crown Court while Owen and Cairns were acquitted of all charges. On Thursday, November 1, Donne was … [Read more...] about Murdered For Weed: Would Jack Williams be Alive if Cannabis Had Been Legalized?