Labour4Decrim are a grassroots campaign group of Labour Party activists who are active in sex worker collectives, trade unions, feminist and human rights organisations who support the decriminalisation of sex work. Our concern is the rights and safety of everybody who sells sex. People undertake sex work for a range of reasons, but most commonly as a way to get by in the same way as other work – a way to put food on the table. The decriminalisation of sex work is supported by both internationally recognised research and by sex workers across the world.

Get involved in Labour4Decrim and help make the decriminalisation of sex work Labour Party policy.

Model Motion for CLP Branches

The Labour Party notes:

Sex work takes place via phone, webcam, stripping, pole-dancing, modelling and porn and from escort agencies, flats, streets, parks, saunas, massage parlours, peep shows, BDSM venues, private parties and home

Selling sex itself is not illegal, but many laws criminalise associated activities that leave sex workers vulnerable and deprived of basic rights.

When sex workers receive criminal records for offences relating to their work, it makes it even harder for them to find other employment, keeping them in the industry.

Sex workers are increasingly organising alongside other workers within the trade union movement.

A number of international human rights organisations support the full decriminalization of sex work including Amnesty International, Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women; Human Rights Watch; UNAIDS; the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health; Transgender Europe; ILGA-Europe and the World Health Organization.

The Labour Party believes:

Sex work is work. While it is gendered, stigmatised and often precarious work, it is work that pays the rent, bills, and puts food on the table for thousands of families across the UK.

Criminalisation makes sex work dangerous. Current laws means that sex workers are unable to legally work together to increase safety, and are discouraged from reporting crimes committed against them for fear of being arrested themselves.

People have the right to work in the sex industry without threat of criminal sanctions or police harassment.

Instead of attempting to eradicate the sex industry through further empowering the police and immigration enforcement, we need other workers to support sex workers in their demands for safety, labour rights and dignity at work.

Decriminalisation means sex workers can report suspected cases of trafficking to police without self-incrimination. Anti-trafficking and anti-slavery law must not obliterate the right of adult individuals to gain livelihoods selling sex.

The Labour Party resolves:

To support and campaign for the full decriminalisation of sex work.

To support the unionisation of sex workers and to respect their demands for labour rights and to improve their working conditions, including occupational safety and health.

To campaign against any attempt to introduce the criminalisation of clients, often referred to as the Nordic Model, or any law criminalising the advertisement of sexual services (similar to FOSTA/SESTA) in the UK.

To forward this motion on to the Local Labour Policy Forum, National Labour Policy Forum and relevant Regional (Scottish/Welsh) Labour Policy Forum