Standing up for Hackney’s sex workers

Hackney Citizen, January 2016

“If Open Doors doesn’t fight on behalf of sex workers in Hackney, nobody does. If we don’t articulate their needs, nobody does.”

Georgina Perry’s devotion to sex workers’ rights stems from a strong sense of injustice. Sex workers, she explains, are often blamed for problems they didn’t create and vilified when they themselves are the victims of crime. They are increasingly subject to punitive as well as moral policing, diminishing their wellbeing and increasing their vulnerability.

Perry and her team at Open Doors – a clinical case management and outreach service for sex workers in City and Hackney, Newham and Tower Hamlets, run from Homerton Hospital – aim to meet these challenges head-on by providing an integrated service to support the health and wellbeing of over 2,000 sex workers annually…

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