NUM is proud to be a signatory on this open letter by Decrim Now, created in response to increasing attempts by MPs to introduce client criminalisation (also known as the Nordic Model) into the law across England, Wales and Scotland. This legislation has been shown to increase danger and decrease autonomy amongst sex workers in countries where it has been implemented.
You can now write to your MP and urge them to not support these bills, and instead to work towards the full decriminalisation of sex work for safety's sake. Decrim Now has created an online tool which you can use to contact your local representative.
If you would like to find out more about why the Nordic Model is harmful and antithetical to sex workers' safety, please explore the following resources below:
- NUM's Research and Development Team has produced a series of short webinars explaining the legislation, as well as a podcast
- Why The Nordic Model Sucks (With References!) by Alison Phipps
- Information regarding the Nordic Model (Swedish Model) and Decriminalisation (New Zealand Model) by SCOT-PEP
- Swedish Abolitionism as Violence Against Women by SWARM