Julie Bindel will draw on her extensive research on the global sex trade to highlight examples from countries such as Germany, The Netherlands, Nevada, USA, and Australia/New Zealand that show that decriminalization has failed to address any of the problems inherent to the sex trade, and has, in fact, made matters far worse for the prostituted women and men, and those societies in general. Bindel will suggest that the abolitionist (Nordic) model is the only way forward.
Julie Bindel is an investigative journalist, writer, and broadcaster. She has been active in the global campaign to end violence towards women and children since 1979 and has written extensively on surrogacy, rape, domestic violence, sexually motivated murder, prostitution and trafficking, child sexual exploitation, stalking, and the rise of religious fundamentalism and its harm to women and girls.
Julie has authored over 30 book chapters and reports on a range of topics pertaining to gender inequality and abuse, and writes regularly for The Guardian, Independent, the New Statesman, Spectator and Truthdig. She appears regularly on the BBC and Sky News. Julie also produces radio documentaries on various aspects of violence and exploitation of women and girls.
She was Visiting Journalist at Brunel University (2013 – 2014), Visiting Researcher at Lincoln University (2014-17) and is an advisory board of Byline (byline.com). Julie’s book on the state of the lesbian and gay movement in the UK (Guardian books, 2014) has been praised for being thought-provoking and challenging. Julie has also co-authored “The Map of My Life: The Story of Emma Humphreys” (2003), “Exiting Prostitution: A Study on female desistance” (2014). Her latest book is “The Pimping of Prostitution: Abolishing the Sex Work Myth” (2017).
This presentation was given at the 2019 Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation Global Summit. endexploitationsummit.com/