"Morgane, trabajadora sexual y participante, explicó: " Estamos muy sorprendidas y, para ser honesta, bastante confusas. Si el Scottish Trades Union Congress considera la prostitución como una forma de violencia contra las mujeres, ¿por qué se niegan a que las víctimas se reúnan para compartir sus experiencias? Parece que para ellos una prostituta también tiene que estar en silencio para adaptarse a su idea de la 'víctima ideal '".
The demonstrators are campaigning against laws restricting sex work and attempts to criminalise men who buy sex.
Labour MSP Rhoda Grant is aiming to bring forward new legislation that would make it an offence to attempt to buy sex. The campaigners outside the Scottish Trades Union Congress in Glasgow’s West End yesterday held placards reading: “Rhoda! Don’t erode our rights!”
Jay Levy, a PhD student at Cambridge University, was among those due to speak this weekend and claims research in Sweden has shown new anti-prostitution laws there have failed to have any impact on the trade.
“Although the law has failed to diminish levels of prostitution, the stigma, danger and violence in sex work have increased as have difficulties with authorities and service and healthcare providers.”
The festival is part-funded by the Edinburgh-based sex worker support charity Scot-Pep.