Fighting for sex workers' rights

£13,480 of £30k goal

Raised by 261 people in 40 months

Thank you for visiting my page. 

I have devoted my life to sex workers' rights and am currently fighting criminalisation of sex work in the North of Ireland and the Republic of Ireland too. I'm taking a case as the lead plaintiff both sides of the border. It's going to be hard work, but worth every minute.  The abolitionist groups I fight are funded to the hilt, I'm not. I rely solely on my personal income and donations. 

On September 28th 2016, I was granted leave by the High Court in Belfast to have the Northern Irish law passed in 2015, overturned. It puts sex workers in danger and goes against the worldwide recommended decriminalisation of sex work. We are back in court on December 14th to get dates for the full hearing. 

I have set up this page specifically to raise funds towards my legal action and expenses, it's a very costly process. This is about as stressful as it gets, but it has to be done. We deserve the right to work in safety. 154 sex workers have been murdered since 1990. It stops now.

Your donation helps towards my legal costs but also assists towards travel, hotels and childcare. I can't do this without you.

Follow me on Twitter - @GlasgaeLauraLee and I will update you regularly with the progress I'm making. 

I will continue to fight for the rights of sex workers to work in freedom and with the protection of the police, not persecution. 

In solidarity. 

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Laura Lee
13 months ago

Hi Jo. What we fight for and know to be right, is decriminalisation of all punitive laws around sex work. This would allow us to work together in safety, which at present is illegal. Two women working together can be arrested and charged with "pimping" from each other and the police can take their phones and money, that's common. Allowing us to work together in safety also sends out a message to would be attackers that we are no longer alone and vulnerable, and that we have the support of the police as opposed to the persecution we have now.

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Jo Murphy
13 months ago

I will donate, when I have a bit to spare, as I agree with sex workers that criminalising sex work doesn't really help sex workers... can I ask what you would like to see done as an alternative to help stop trafficking and exploitation of minors, immigrants, the vulnerable etc.? We have a real problem here, I think everyone can see.

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Dean Shoap
30 months ago

Laura Lee,I myself have been in a court battle for many years and i know what you mean by persecution,it has left me in great despair and im hurt to the point that i will never heal,my heart is with you,Dean

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£13,480 of £30k goal

Raised by 261 people in 40 months
Created July 29, 2013
RW
£10
Richard Webb
36 mins ago
£13
Thomas Dunning
5 hours ago

You're so awesome for leading this fight! THANK YOU!

MB
£25
Megan Butler
16 hours ago
CC
£75
Clarissa Clement
1 day ago
£50
Anonymous
1 day ago
£25
Anonymous
11 days ago
£274
Anonymous
1 month ago
DM
£30
D M
2 months ago

Great work Laura, we are all proud of you xx

£5
Anonymous
2 months ago
£50
Anonymous
2 months ago
Laura Lee
13 months ago

Hi Jo. What we fight for and know to be right, is decriminalisation of all punitive laws around sex work. This would allow us to work together in safety, which at present is illegal. Two women working together can be arrested and charged with "pimping" from each other and the police can take their phones and money, that's common. Allowing us to work together in safety also sends out a message to would be attackers that we are no longer alone and vulnerable, and that we have the support of the police as opposed to the persecution we have now.

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Jo Murphy
13 months ago

I will donate, when I have a bit to spare, as I agree with sex workers that criminalising sex work doesn't really help sex workers... can I ask what you would like to see done as an alternative to help stop trafficking and exploitation of minors, immigrants, the vulnerable etc.? We have a real problem here, I think everyone can see.

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Dean Shoap
30 months ago

Laura Lee,I myself have been in a court battle for many years and i know what you mean by persecution,it has left me in great despair and im hurt to the point that i will never heal,my heart is with you,Dean

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