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 Shopping: A Wizard's Tale...

2018 UK / Mexico family animation comedy by Andrés Couturier set for UK DVD release on 10th September 2018 with BBFC category cuts


Link Here 24th May 2018
A Wizard's Tale DVD A Wizard's Tale is a 2018 UK / Mexico family animation comedy by Andrés Couturier.
Starring Lily Collins, Toby Kebbell and Ian McShane. BBFC link IMDb

UK: Passed U for very mild threat, comic violence for after 2:05s of BBFC category cuts for:

  • 2018 Signature Entertainment R2 DVD at UK Amazon released on 10th September 2018
The BBFC commented:
  • Company chose to remove a scene in which characters inhale gaseous substances in a manner referecing drug misuse. An uncut PG was available.

Promotional Material

Imagine a world where happiness, smiling and laughter are a thing of the past; where an evil wizard presides over all that is good in the land. A WIZARD S TALE is a magical family adventure about one boy s quest to restore happiness to the world. Join Terry on his magical quest, as he outwits a multitude of weird and wonderful creatures and finds friendship with a Princess along the way. From the writer of Ice Age: The Meltdown and with a stellar voice cast, including Ian McShane (John Wick, Coraline), Lily Collins (Mirror Mirror) and Toby Kebbell (Ben-Hur, Warcraft), A WIZARD S TALE is an uplifting magical journey that is guaranteed to cast its spell on adults and children alike.

 

  Daily UK Ratings from the BBFC...

A Wizard's Tale


Link Here 24th May 2018
filmFilm Cuts Cert Run Time BBFC decisions on 22 May 2018

Nothing To Lose: Against All Odds For the Good of All

 

Poster Nada a Perder 2018 Alexandre Avancini

BBFC uncut
uncut
PG 134:29s Nothing To Lose: Against All Odds For the Good of All (Nada a Perder) is a 2018 Brazil biography by Alexandre Avancini.
Starring Petrônio Gontijo, Day Mesquita and Beth Goulart. BBFC link IMDb

UK: Passed PG uncut for scene of mild supernatural threat, sex references for:

  • 2018 cinema release

Summary Notes

Self-financed biopic of Brazilian evangelical bishop Edir Macedo, founder of the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God and owner of Record TV network.

Under the Wire

 

under the wire

BBFC uncut
uncut
15 95:21s Under the Wire is a 2018 documentary film by Chris Martin. BBFC link

UK: Passed 15 uncut for images of real dead bodies and injuries, strong threat, strong language for:

  • 2018 cinema release
videoFilm on DVD Cuts Cert Run Time BBFC decisions on 22 May 2018

Allure

Poster Allure 2017 Carlos Sanchez and Jason Sanchez

BBFC uncut
uncut
18 104:48s Allure is a 2017 Canada romance by Carlos Sanchez and Jason Sanchez.
Starring Evan Rachel Wood, Julia Sarah Stone and Denis O'Hare. BBFC link IMDb

UK: Passed 18 uncut for child abuse theme, sexual violence for:

  • 2018 Eureka Entertainment video
Summary Notes

Plagued by the abuse of her past and the turmoil of failed intimate encounters, Laura struggles to find a lover and a sense of normalcy. Her beacon of hope comes in sixteen year-old Eva, a talented pianist disillusioned by the life her mother imposes upon her. An unlikely relationship is formed between the two and Eva becomes an obsession to Laura. In light of Eva's unhappiness, Laura convinces her to runaway to her house and they soon find themselves caught within an intense entanglement. Manipulation, denial and codependency fuel what ultimately becomes a fractured dynamic that can only sustain itself for so long.

Arcadia

 

BBFC uncut
uncut
12 78:23s Arcadia is a 2017 UK film by Paul Wright.
Starring Gillian MacGregor, Akie Kotabe and Thomas Coombes. BBFC link IMDb

UK: Passed 12 uncut for infrequent strong language, bloody images, moderate threat for:

  • 2018 BFI Video [Full Frame] video
Summary Notes

From the earliest days of movie-making to the present day, through rare and unseen footage, we see the changing relationship the British have with their land. From images of local celebrations and festivals to agricultural practices through the seasons, village life and lost crafts.

Black Peter

BBFC uncut
uncut
PG 86:22s Black Peter is a drama by Milos Forman.
Starring Ladislav Jakim, Pavla Martínková and Jan Vostrcil. BBFC link

UK: Passed PG uncut for mild sex references, language for:

  • 2018 Second Run DVD [Subtitled] video

Nothing Like a Dame

 

BBFC uncut
uncut
12 80:00s Nothing Like a Dame is a 2018 UK documentary by Roger Michell.
Starring Maggie Smith, Judi Dench and Eileen Atkins. BBFC link IMDb

UK: Passed 12 uncut for infrequent strong language, moderate sex references for:

  • 2018 Picturehouse Entertainment video
Summary Notes

Dames Eileen Atkins, Judi Dench, Joan Plowright and Maggie Smith have let the cameras in on a friendship that goes back more than half a century. The four acting greats discuss their careers and reminisce about their humble beginnings in the theatre.

Sweet Country

 

BBFC uncut
uncut
15 108:35s Sweet Country is a 2017 Australia crime historical western by Warwick Thornton.
Starring Bryan Brown, Matt Day and Tremayne Doolan. BBFC link IMDb

UK: Passed 15 uncut for strong language, injury detail, violence, racism theme for:

  • 2018 Thunderbird Releasing [Part Subtitled] video
Summary Notes

Australian western set on the Northern Territory frontier in the 1920s, where justice itself is put on trial when an aged Aboriginal farmhand shoots a white man in self defense and goes on the run as posse gathers to hunt him down.

vodVoD Cuts Cert Run Time BBFC decisions on 22 May 2018

Delirium

BBFC uncut
uncut
15 95:58s Delirium is a horror by Dennis Iliadis.
Starring Topher Grace, Genesis Rodriguez and Patricia Clarkson. BBFC link

UK: Passed 15 uncut for strong threat, gory images, violence, suicide references for:

  • 2018 Universal Studios Limited VoD

Super Troopers 2

BBFC uncut
uncut
15 95:24s Super Troopers 2 is a comedy drama by Jay Chandrasekhar.
Starring Seann William Scott, Clifton Collins Jr and Jay Chandrasekhar. BBFC link

UK: Passed 15 uncut for strong language, sex references, drug references, sexualised nudity for:

  • 2018 Twentieth Century Fox Home Ent. VoD
Additional Material:
  • Super Troopers 2 - Making Of [Additional Material]
  • Super Troopers 2 - Deleted Scenes [Additional Material]
  • Super Troopers 2 - Kevin Heffernan: Method Actor [Additional Material]
TV CensorshipTV on DVD Cuts Cert Run Time BBFC decisions on 22 May 2018

Come Home

BBFC uncut
uncut
15 170:58s Come Home is a drama by Andrea Harkin.
Starring Anthony Boyle, Christopher Eccleston and Paula Malcomson. BBFC link

Featured Material:

  • Season 1, Episodes 1-3 Passed 15 for strong sex, violence, language

Diablo Guardián

BBFC uncut
uncut
15 44:34s
39:22s
36:16s
36:02s
Diablo Guardián is a drama by Hiromi Kamata and Batan Silva.
Starring Paulina Gaitan, Andrés Almeida and Leonardo Ortizgris. BBFC link

Featured Material:

  • Season 1, Episode 10, Bye Bye Miss Nobody Passed 15 for strong language, violence, sex, drug misuse
  • Season 1, Episode 3, Ny: Trick Or Treat Passed 15 for strong language, sex, drug misuse
  • Season 1, Episode 7, in Nefastofeles' Shadow Passed 15 for strong sex, sex references, language, drug misuse
  • Season 1, Episode 8, So Much Crap, So Little Time Passed 15 for strong language, sex, nudity, drug misuse
Additional Material:
  • Diablo Guardián [Additional Material, Season 1 Official Trailer]

Famalam

BBFC uncut
uncut
15 20:07s
20:39s
20:22s
20:09s
Famalam is a comedy by Tom Marshall.
Starring Vivienne Acheampong, Samson Kayo and John Macmillan. BBFC link

Featured Material:

  • Episode 1, N/a Passed 15 for strong language, sex references, violence
  • Episode 2 Passed 15 for strong language, sex references
  • Episode 3, N/a Passed 15 for strong language, sex references, drug misuse, comic violence
  • Episode 4 Passed 15 for strong language, violence

Heaven's Lost Property

BBFC uncut
uncut
15 158:53s Heaven's Lost Property is a animation fantasy drama by Hisashi Saitô.
Starring Brittney Karbowski (voice), Jamie Marchi (voice) and Terri Doty (voice). BBFC link

Featured Material:

  • Season 1, Episodes 1-7 Passed 15 for moderate sex references, sexualised nudity
Additional Material:
  • Heaven's Lost Property [Additional Material, Season 1, Episodes 8-14]

Paper Boys

BBFC uncut
uncut
15 91:49s Paper Boys is a drama by Curtis Casella and Kyle Cabral.
Starring Kyle Cabral, Nathan Brown and Kai Liu. BBFC link

Featured Material:

  • Season 1, Episodes 1-6 Passed 15 for strong language

Rick and Morty

BBFC uncut
uncut
15 241:44s Rick and Morty is a animation comedy video by Justin Roiland, John Rice, Pete Michels...
Starring Justin Roiland (voice), Chris Parnell (voice) and Spencer Grammer (voice). BBFC link

Featured Material:

  • Season 1, Episodes 1-12 Passed 15 for strong language, sex references, bloody violence
videoMusic on DVD Cuts Cert Run Time BBFC decisions on 22 May 2018

Michael Jackson's Thriller

BBFC uncut
uncut
12 13:41s
13:41s
Michael Jackson's Thriller is a 1983 horror music drama by John Landis.
Starring Michael Jackson, Ola Ray and Vincent Price (voice). BBFC link

UK: Passed 12 uncut for moderate supernatural threat for:

  • 2018 Sony Music Entertainment [4:3] video

Other:

  • Michael Jackson's Thriller Passed 12 for moderate supernatural threat
videoChildren's DVD Cuts Cert Run Time BBFC decisions on 22 May 2018

A Wizard's Tale

 

A Wizard's Tale DVD

BBFC cut
category cuts
2:05s 
U 91:08s A Wizard's Tale is a 2018 UK / Mexico family animation comedy by Andrés Couturier.
Starring Lily Collins, Toby Kebbell and Ian McShane. BBFC link IMDb

UK: Passed U for very mild threat, comic violence for after 2:05s of BBFC category cuts for:

  • 2018 Signature Entertainment R2 DVD at UK Amazon released on 10th September 2018
The BBFC commented:
  • Company chose to remove a scene in which characters inhale gaseous substances in a manner referecing drug misuse. An uncut PG was available.

Promotional Material

Imagine a world where happiness, smiling and laughter are a thing of the past; where an evil wizard presides over all that is good in the land. A WIZARD S TALE is a magical family adventure about one boy s quest to restore happiness to the world. Join Terry on his magical quest, as he outwits a multitude of weird and wonderful creatures and finds friendship with a Princess along the way. From the writer of Ice Age: The Meltdown and with a stellar voice cast, including Ian McShane (John Wick, Coraline), Lily Collins (Mirror Mirror) and Toby Kebbell (Ben-Hur, Warcraft), A WIZARD S TALE is an uplifting magical journey that is guaranteed to cast its spell on adults and children alike.
PreviewComing Soon Cuts Cert Run Time BBFC decisions on 22 May 2018

 

      Trailers:
  • Mile 22
  • Mission Impossible: Fallout
  • Skyscraper
  • Stanley a Man of Variety
  • Studio 54
  • Traffik

Daphne & Velma

      Additional Material:
  • Daphne & Velma - Iconic Styles of Daphne & Velma Reimagined
  • Daphne & Velma - Gag Reel
  • Daphne & Velma - An Updated Classic Mystery
  • Daphne & Velma - a New Ambition

The Death of Superman

      Additional Material:
  • The Death of Superman - a Sneak Peek at Dc Universe's Next Animated Movie, "reign of the Supermen"

 

 Shopping: Requiem for a Vampire...

1971 French horror film by Jean Rollin just released on UK Blu-ray


Link Here 24th May 2018
Requiem for a Vampire Blu-ray Requiem for a Vampire is a 1971 French horror film by Jean Rollin.
With Marie-Pierre Castel, Mireille Dargent and Philippe Gasté. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb

UK: BBFC details not yet published for:

UK Censorship History
Banned in the UK in 1972. Then heavily cut by the BBFC for VHS and DVD. Uncut in the US.

The Amazon details suggest that this is the uncut version but this has not yet been confirmed by the BBFC, so maybe this is the same as the previously heavily cut VHS.

Promotional Material

On the run from a reform school, two young women end up trapped in a haunted castle ruled by a hoard of sexy, blood crazed vampires and their leader, an evil immortal creature who is the last of his kind. Seeking to reproduce his race, he preys on his innocent victims. In order to achieve his goal of immortality, however, the women must remain virgins.

 

  Lobbying for the UK to be the safest place in the world for big media company profits...

Music industry is quick to lobby for Hancock's safe internet plans to be hijacked for their benefit


Link Here 24th May 2018
bpi 2018jpg logoThis week, Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, announced the launch of a consultation on new legislative measures to clean up the Wild West elements of the Internet. In response, music group BPI says the government should use the opportunity to tackle piracy with advanced site-blocking measures, repeat infringer policies, and new responsibilities for service providers.

This week, the Government published its response to the Internet Safety Strategy green paper , stating unequivocally that more needs to be done to tackle online harm. As a result, the Government will now carry through with its threat to introduce new legislation, albeit with the assistance of technology companies, children's charities and other stakeholders.

While emphasis is being placed on hot-button topics such as cyberbullying and online child exploitation, the Government is clear that it wishes to tackle the full range of online harms. That has been greeted by UK music group BPI with a request that the Government introduces new measures to tackle Internet piracy.

In a statement issued this week, BPI chief executive Geoff Taylor welcomed the move towards legislative change and urged the Government to encompass the music industry and beyond. He said:

This is a vital opportunity to protect consumers and boost the UK's music and creative industries. The BPI has long pressed for internet intermediaries and online platforms to take responsibility for the content that they promote to users.

Government should now take the power in legislation to require online giants to take effective, proactive measures to clean illegal content from their sites and services. This will keep fans away from dodgy sites full of harmful content and prevent criminals from undermining creative businesses that create UK jobs.

The BPI has published four initial requests, each of which provides food for thought.

The demand to establish a new fast-track process for blocking illegal sites is not entirely unexpected, particularly given the expense of launching applications for blocking injunctions at the High Court.

The BPI has taken a large number of actions against individual websites -- 63 injunctions are in place against sites that are wholly or mainly infringing and whose business is simply to profit from criminal activity, the BPI says.

Those injunctions can be expanded fairly easily to include new sites operating under similar banners or facilitating access to those already covered, but it's clear the BPI would like something more streamlined. Voluntary schemes, such as the one in place in Portugal , could be an option but it's unclear how troublesome that could be for ISPs. New legislation could solve that dilemma, however.

Another big thorn in the side for groups like the BPI are people and entities that post infringing content. The BPI is very good at taking these listings down from sites and search engines in particular (more than 600 million requests to date) but it's a game of whac-a-mole the group would rather not engage in.

With that in mind, the BPI would like the Government to impose new rules that would compel online platforms to stop content from being re-posted after it's been taken down while removing the accounts of repeat infringers.

Thirdly, the BPI would like the Government to introduce penalties for online operators who do not provide transparent contact and ownership information. The music group isn't any more specific than that, but the suggestion is that operators of some sites have a tendency to hide in the shadows, something which frustrates enforcement activity.

Finally, and perhaps most interestingly, the BPI is calling on the Government to legislate for a new duty of care for online intermediaries and platforms. Specifically, the BPI wants effective action taken against businesses that use the Internet to encourage consumers to access content illegally.

While this could easily encompass pirate sites and services themselves, this proposal has the breadth to include a wide range of offenders, from people posting piracy-focused tutorials on monetized YouTube channels to those selling fully-loaded Kodi devices on eBay or social media.

Overall, the BPI clearly wants to place pressure on intermediaries to take action against piracy when they're in a position to do so, and particularly those who may not have shown much enthusiasm towards industry collaboration in the past.

Legislation in this Bill, to take powers to intervene with respect to operators that do not co-operate, would bring focus to the roundtable process and ensure that intermediaries take their responsibilities seriously, the BPI says.

 

 Updated: A few miserable gits...

Australian censors ban the video game We Happy Few


Link Here 24th May 2018  full story: Banned Games in Australia...Adult games ban
We Happy Few We Happy Few is a 2018 Canada survival horror from Compulsion Games

We Happy Few is the tale of a plucky bunch of moderately terrible people trying to escape from a lifetime of cheerful denial in the city of Wellington Wells. In this alternative 1960s England, conformity is key. You'll have to fight or blend in with the drug-addled inhabitants, most of whom don't take kindly to people who won't abide by their not-so-normal rules.

In May 2018, the Australian Censorship Board announced that We Happy Few has been banned in Australia.

The censors noted that the game's depictions of drug use related to incentives and rewards, in this case the beneficial effects of using Joy pills, could not be accommodated within the R 18+ category.

The Soma-like drug Joy is used in the game to detract the citizens of Wellington Wells from the Orwellian reality they live in.

There's no word yet on if Compulsion Games will make cuts to the game to satisfy the Board, but it s often the case.

The game is set for release on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC this summer.

Update: A few unhappy developers

24th May 2018. See article from compulsiongames.com

The game developer Compulsion Games has responded to the ban:

compulsion games logo To our Australian fans, we share your frustration. We will work with the ACB on the classification. If the government maintains its stance, we will make sure that you can get a refund, and we will work directly with affected Kickstarter backers to figure something out. We would appreciate if you give us a little bit of time to appeal the decision before making a call.

We Happy Few is set in a dystopian society, and the first scene consists of the player character redacting material that could cause offense to society at large, as part of his job as a government archivist. It's a society that is forcing its citizens to take Joy, and the whole point of the game is to reject this programming and fight back. In this context, our game's overarching social commentary is no different than Aldous Huxley's Brave New World , or Terry Gilliam's Brazil .

The game explores a range of modern themes, including addiction, mental health and drug abuse. We have had hundreds of messages from fans appreciating the treatment we've given these topics, and we believe that when players do get into the world they'll feel the same way. We're proud of what we've created.

We would like to respond to the thematic side of We Happy Few in more detail at a later date, as we believe it deserves more attention than a quick PR response. In the meantime we will be talking to the ACB to provide additional information, to discuss the issues in depth, and see whether they will change their minds.

 

  InferTrust recommends...

Active Shooter, a school shooter video game on Steam


Link Here 24th May 2018
active shooter Anti-gun campaigners are highlighting a school-shooting simulator video game available on Steam. According to its listing on the Steam, the game lets players slaughter as many civilians as possible in a school environment.

InferTrust called on Valve, the company behind the Steam games store - to take the title down before it goes on sale, on 6 June.

The BBC report omits the name of the game but in fact it is titled Active Shooter .

The school-shooting game is described as realistic and impressive. And the developer has suggested it will include 3D models of children to shoot at.  However, the creator also says: Please do not take any of this seriously. This is only meant to be the simulation and nothing else.

A spokeswoman for InferTrust said:

It's in very bad taste. There have been 22 school shootings in the US since the beginning of this year. It is horrendous. Why would anybody think it's a good idea to market something violent like that, and be completely insensitive to the deaths of so many children?  We're appalled that the game is being marketed.

 

 Updated: Nervy times...

The Telegraph reports that Ofcom will not ban RT over its take on the Salisbury nerve agent attack


Link Here 24th May 2018
russia today international logoRussia's international propaganda channel RT will not lose its UK broadcasting licence according to information reported by the Telegraph.

Ofcom has been investigating the news channel for continuously casting doubt about the Russian connection in the attempted murder of ex spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury.

Perhaps it is rather bizarre that a news content censors should be tasked with something that could lead to consequences such as retaliatory action and a further escalation of an already tense relationship with Russia. Surely when such risks are involved, diplomats and the Foreign Office should be taking the lead.

Perhaps Ofcom were thinking along these lines in taking the decision not to ban the channel. In a legal document entitled Update on the RT service , Ofcom has now said:

States sometimes commit, or will have committed, acts which are contrary to these values. In our judgment, it would be inappropriate for Ofcom always to place decisive weight on such matters in determining whether state-funded broadcasters were fit and proper to hold broadcast licences, independently of their broadcasting record.

If we did, many state-funded broadcasters (mostly those from states which may not share UK values) would be potentially not fit and proper. This would be a poorer outcome for UK audiences in light of our duties on plurality, diversity and freedom of expression.

Ofcom were a bit more bullish at the start of the investigation saying:

Should the UK investigating authorities determine that there was an unlawful use of force by the Russian State against the UK, we would consider this relevant to our ongoing duty to be satisfied that RT is fit and proper, the regulator said at the time.

Also it is a little strange to note that the Telegraph's story has not been picked up by other newspapers. The Express initially published the story but withdrew it a little later.

Update: Tit for tat

24th May 2018. From the FT

Ofcom have jsut announced that that 3 further programmes on the Russian propaganda channel RT will be investigated after an Ofcom move to continuously monitor the station's output. In response, Russian foreign ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova has informed reporters that relevant Russian structures have begun closely studying the content of the materials of the British mass media that are represented in the Russian Federation.

 

  Religious censors...

Indian sikhs form a film censor board and claim that films that feature the religion should get approval


Link Here 24th May 2018

akal takhtThe Akal Takht, the highest seat of authority of Sikhism in India, has formed a 21-member film censor board and claimed that its clearance will have to be taken before making any movie on the Sikh religion and culture. Giani Gurbachan Singh, the Akal Takht head claimed:

The decision was taken because of controversies over films on Sikh gurus and distortion of Sikh history in movies. Any film that plans to portray any sequence related to Sikh gurus, their kin and Sikh history will have to seek clearance from the Sikh Film Censor Board.

Over the past few years, the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee has been demanding that at least two of its members be included in the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), India's official film censor.

Unlike the CBFC, which comes into play after a film is complete and before its release, the Sikh board has said its approval will have to be taken for the script of any feature film, documentary, animation and play based on the Sikh religion.

 

 Commented: Sham Inquiry from the self-appointed partisan UK Parliamentary Group on Prostitution...

The MPs should jail themselves for causing prostitution by legislating for crap economic prospects for people


Link Here 24th May 2018
home affairs committeeA self-appointed group of MPs, that got together for the sole purpose of lobbying for the criminalisation of sex workers' clients, conduct Inquiry and recommend the criminalisation of clients! No surprise there then.

Cari Mitchell, spokeswoman for the English Collective of Prostitutes, commented:

Criminalisation, whether of sex workers or clients, drives prostitution further underground, increasing stigma, discrimination and the risk of violence.

In Ireland, reported incidences of violent crime against sex workers have risen by almost 50%. In France, a two-year evaluation of the law found 42% of sex workers are more exposed to violence and 38% have found it increasingly hard to demand use of condom. In Norway, despite claims that sex workers have been decriminalised, forced evictions, prosecutions and increased stigma are prevalent with migrant workers particularly targeted. One sex worker explained:

Before we did not go far with the customer: we would go to a car park nearby. But now the customer wants to go somewhere isolated because they are afraid. I don't like it. There is more risk that something bad happens.

As for Sweden, the poster child for laws criminalising clients: 63% of sex workers said the law has created more prejudice; plus, there is no convincing empirical evidence that the law has resulted in a decline in sex work in Sweden, which was the law's principal ambition.

The other "revelation" from the APPG is that there has been an increase in prostitution. Ms Mitchell commented:

Blaming the internet for a prostitution "boom" puts the APPG in the same camp as Ian Duncan Smith, who notably attributed the increase in people going to food banks on growing " awareness " of food banks.

If the APPG is truly interested in reducing prostitution why isn't their headline recommendation the abolition of benefit sanctions, directly linked with the rise in prostitution, especially on the street? It seems the APPG is more taken with the sensationalised, sexed-up story of pop-up brothels. Sex workers feel exploited and not by prostitution.

If well-meaning MPs want to save women from sex work then take action against zero-hour contracts, low wages and exploitative bosses in the jobs that are the alternatives to prostitution. Support sex workers like we hope you support other workers fighting to improve pay and conditions.

As for the proposal to clamp down on online advertising, evidence from the US shows that such laws (SESTA and FOSTA) make it harder for the police to identify violence.

Why did this Inquiry even need to happen? The prestigious cross-party Home Affairs Committee did a comprehensive Inquiry and recommended that sex workers on the street and working together in premises be decriminalised.

Decriminalisation isn't perfect -- we are all going to have to put our shoulder to the wheel if we want to win a fairer and more humane society, but it removes a grave injustice suffered daily by sex workers. Thousands of cis and trans women a year are arrested, given prostitute cautions, are victims of criminal charges or civil orders and are suffering other grievous abuse and being denied protection. Decriminalisation as introduced in New Zealand has improved sex workers' working conditions and made it easier for those who want to get out, to do so. Over 90% of sex workers said they had additional employment, legal, health and safety rights (including 64.8% who said they found it easier to refuse clients -- a key marker of exploitation).

Finally, on trafficking. Until there is a public apology for the fabricated statistics  that claimed that 80% of sex workers are victims of trafficking, why should anyone believe this APPG's figures? Research from the Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women found that criminalising sex workers' clients does not reduce sex work or trafficking. Instead, it infringes on sex workers' rights and obstructs anti-trafficking efforts.

Offsite Comment: Wrong to suggest criminalising the buying of sex

22nd May 2018. See article from metro.co.uk by Miranda Kane

metro newspaper logoGood to see a supportive opinion piece in the Metro:

Another day, another flurry of media and morality where the world is convinced sex trafficking is around every corner.

This time it's courtesy of a group of self appointed MPs who make up the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Prostitution and the Global Sex Trade.

Spoilers 203 none of them are, or ever have been, actual sex workers. (As far as I know.)

...Read the full article from metro.co.uk

letter writingComment: Agency deniers

24th May 2018. From Alan

Great article by the Metro journalist.

What baffles me is the way this shower of politicians, many of whom self-define as feminists, want to deny agency to women, as do many feminist journalists e.g. Bennett, Ellen, Moore, Bindel (who’s so rabid a rad fem that when I first encountered her I thought the piece was a satirical parody). Zoe Williams in the Graun, to her credit, did collaborate with Pandora Blake, but in the main they seem quite oblivious to reason. Confront them with, say, Max M’s lady friend who continued to work as a pro submissive, and occasional dome, after getting her Ph.D. and the silly buggers just ignore the evidence.

 

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