Last updated on: 2/4/2008 | Author: ProCon.org

POPPY Project Biography

Position:
Con to the question "Should Prostitution Be Legal?"
Reasoning:

“Recommendations:

  • Introduce appropriate penalties for buyers, such as those embodied in the Swedish model which criminalise the buying and attempted buying of sexual services;
  • Decriminalise the selling or attempted selling of sexual services;
  • Improve policing of street prostitution by re-introducing dedicated teams of police officers to patrol the areas (similar to the former ‘vice squads’);
  • Stop the issuance of ASBOs [Anti-Social Behavior Orders] to women in street prostitution, thereby removing the threat of prison to victims of crime;
  • Better prosecution of pimps and other exploiters involved in the street prostitution scene”

“Streets Apart: Outdoor Prostitution in London,” POPPY Project, June 2007

Description:

“The POPPY Project was set up in 2003. It is funded by the Office for Criminal Justice Reform (reporting to the Ministry of Justice) to provide accommodation and support to women who have been trafficked into prostitution. It has 35 bed spaces in houses throughout London.

The POPPY Outreach Service works to improve the safety and wellbeing of women from all over the UK who have been trafficked and who are in need of short term support and advocacy.

POPPY Research and Development provides education, training and lobbying to raise awareness about trafficking and exiting prostitution. This area of POPPY’s work is funded by London Councils.”

POPPY Project website (accessed Dec. 12, 2007)

Mission:

POPPY Project’s parent organization, Eaves, wrote that its vision is “working towards a society where all women are valued and respected.”

“About Us,” Eaves website (accessed Dec. 12, 2007)

Other:
A registered charity and a company limited by guarantee