In the well-kept terraced streets of north London, three sex workers take turns seeing clients in an anonymous-looking flat, sharing a calendar and pencilling in bookings around each other. The flat looks like any other — colourful mugs in the kitchen, a bowl of food by the door for the resident ginger tomcat. The work room has pastel bedsheets, a fluffy rug, mirrors, bedside lamps: it looks like any feminine but nondescript bedroom. Perhaps the only noticeable feature of the flat is that, even during the day, the curtains are usually closed.
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The struggle for decriminalisation is linked to the oppression of all women. The current law forces legal prostitutes to work alone, which campaigners say increases the danger that they are already in. Sex workers often have to choose between keeping safe and possible arrest, or avoiding a criminal record and putting themselves in danger. Most sex workers are mothers supporting families, prevented from leaving prostitution by poverty. The campaign argues that, for many women, sex work is a logical progression from degrading and poverty jobs many women find themselves working in.
SEX SHELLS: XXXmas
Fem-fresh and flaming, your three favourite barbiturate babes are back to lead you through the apocalyptic wasteland of millennial Yule in an explosion of original music, song parodies, sketches, and sexy chair dances. They sold out the Soho Theatre in March — and again in April. Expect plums, pearl necklaces, and the public school striptease — erections, rejections, fashion assassination — God, food allergies, global warming, chemsex, trans rights, Maggie Smith! Expect the camp apocalypse. Oh — and straight white men?
The shop owners say they are being forced to pay the same amount it would cost to set up a zoo. The council is also pursuing the owners of the Harmony sex shop chain, with branches in Oxford Street and Charing Cross Road. The other four businesses no longer operate in Soho or have dissolved, but include Winnart Publications, Swish Publications, Janus bookshop and Darker Enterprises.