Decrim Now is delighted that the Royal College of Nurses has voted to support the decriminalisation of sex work. The decriminalisation of sex work – along the lines of New Zealand, but with additional provisions to include migrants – is the only legal model that prioritises sex workers’ safety, access to healthcare and access to justice. We are delighted that nurses looked at the evidence and agreed to back sex worker safety.
Blair Buchanan, an organiser with Decrim Now, said: “that the Royal College of Nurses voted to support decriminalisation is wonderful news. Nurses are frontline workers and it is clear that they understand the principles of harm reduction, and that they looked at the ample evidence that criminalisation – whether of sex workers directly, or our clients, managers or landlords – harms people who sell sex. Law and policy should prioritise sex workers’ safety and we are so happy that nurses endorsed that today.”