What the idea of “sex robots” tells us about prostitution, by Kathleen Richardson

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Nordic Model Now! is a UK grassroots organisation campaigning for the abolition of prostitution and related practices (such as lapdancing, pornography and surrogacy).

We are calling for:

  • The introduction and effective implementation of the Nordic Model approach to prostitution.
  • The legislation against procuring, pimping and sex trafficking to be strengthened and brought into line with our obligations under the UN Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, especially Women and Children (known as the Palermo Protocol).
  • The eradication of all the factors that push people into prostitution, including the entrenched inequality between the sexes, the impoverishment of mothers, the inadequate support for “looked after” children, and so on.
  • The UK government to ratify the 1949 UN Convention on the Suppression of the Trafficking in Persons and of the Exploitation of the Prostitution of Others.

Nordic Model Now! is organised by a diverse group of women from a wide variety of backgrounds.

What do we mean by abolition of prostitution?

By abolition we mean a new social consensus that recognises the harm and  violence intrinsic to prostitution, both to the individuals caught up in it and to the wider society, and the adoption of concrete measures to bring about its eradication while helping those caught up in it to make a new life outside.

Abolition is not the same as prohibition, which implies that all of the actors (pimps, punters and prostituted persons) should be targeted.