Saturday, 17 December 2011
A letter from the IUSW to the Scottish Police
Below is the text of the letter that myself, Amanda and many other activists will be sending to every Chief Constable in Scotland today.
Dear *insert name*,
We write to you in recognition of International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers, today December 17th, to request information about your force’s policy on public protection for people in the sex industry.
People in the sex industry are often targeted for violent crime by perpetrators who know we are reluctant to contact the police due to fear of arrest. We are asking police forces nationwide to adopt the “Merseyside Model”. With the assistance of specialist services, Liverpool police are achieving a 68% detection rate for rapes committed against sex workers and a 90% conviction rate for other crimes of violence.
We ask you to meet with representatives of the International Union of Sex Workers and UK Network of Sex Work Projects to discuss this.
We look forward to hearing from you.
Many thanks, and all best wishes for the holiday season.
Let's hope we get a positive response.