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Criminalization of sex work won’t prevent trafficking

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By Miriam Karmali, Freedom United

April 18, 2021 News Digest
Law & policy
Why Nordic Model policy pushed in the U.K. won’t tackle sex trafficking
This week, a push for the U.K. to adopt Nordic Model style policies that would criminalize sex workers’ clients was met with opposition from a broad coalition of organizations and individuals. Freedom United is the only anti-trafficking organization to have signed the open letter organized by Decrim Now, urging parliamentarians to not pursue policies that aren’t proven to prevent sex trafficking and will leave sex workers at greater risk of exploitation and abuse. Read more…
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Next week, the U.K. parliament’s lower house will be voting on whether the Chinese government’s treatment of Uyghurs and other Turkic and Muslim minorities – which includes subjecting these groups to forced labor and torture – amounts to genocide. Pressure is building on the U.K. to denounce China’s actions following Canada and the U.S. recognizing the abuse of Uyghurs and other groups as genocide. Read more…

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Lebanon’s financial crisis worsens exploitation of domestic workers
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Miriam Karmali
Freedom United

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