Sex worker and activist Laura Lee: ‘It’s now far more difficult to stay safe’

The Guardian, Saturday 6 February 2016

There aren’t many sex workers in Britain happy to talk openly about their work, so Laura Lee is used to being interviewed. She is managing to be remarkably upbeat, on just four hours’ sleep. Lee will need all her reserves of cheerful energy during the next fortnight, as she prepares a legal challenge against the government of Northern Ireland, which last June introduced radical new legislation making it illegal to pay for sex.

Although, in the abstract, the change in the law appears positive, shifting the burden of criminality from women firmly on to their clients, most sex workers believe the new law makes their work much more unsafe.

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