British Sex Workers

are no longer "insulted by statute" according to Reuters.

Britain is proposing to remove the term "prostitute" from the criminal statutes because it carries too much stigma.

Instead, a new bill that the Justice Ministry has drafted refers simply to persons who sell sex persistently -- defined as twice or more in three months.
I love, love, love this. I don't personally think that selling sex is a great thing for a man or woman to do: especially where it's illegal (most places) it's extremely dangerous, and puts the sex worker in legal limbo -- what happens if a sex worker is robbed by her customer? -- what happens if a sex worker is abused by police?

She finds herself at the bottom of the victim pile, that's what. And that just makes her more likely to stay in the sex trade.
The new bill introduces measures to try to get sex workers out of the industry, and in effect decriminalizes prostitution for those who are not considered persistent.
Even where it's legal, I think it's corrosive to one's self image to sell one's body for sex. Some people don't think so, I know, and where it's legal, sex workers often have a lot more say in what they will and won't do, as well as physical and legal protections. Which is more than you can say for coal miners in WV. Still, who would advocate the sex trade for a child or loved one? No one. Decriminalizing the trade and getting people out of the trade go hand in hand.

And a big part of that is not *labeling* people. We should not treat them like, nor even call them, anything other than what they are: men, women, often kids, who have ended up workers in the sex trade. Not "prostitutes," or "whores," or "rent-boys" or "catamites"...

"We just wanted to remove the stigma of the label 'common prostitute'," said a spokeswoman for the Justice Ministry.

"It's been around since 1824, so it was a bit outdated. It just wasn't really helpful to label people."

Begone unfriendly label! Let's all look behind and see who was there all along: people trying to make a living with very little to work with. (Themselves -- and what less could one have to work with?)

And I would suggest "illegal immigrant" should go next, on the same grounds.

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