by CAROLINE MORTIMER
Sex workers and campaigners held a candlelit procession through the streets of Soho to protest against “the worsening conditions in the borough and across the world”.
The vigil was to mark International Day To End Violence Against Sex Workers and the first anniversary of the raids on the Soho flats which saw 200 police officers in riot-gear raiding 20 flats where sex workers were legally working and forcing them out onto the street – some in their underwear.
The procession started in Soho Square and ended at St Anne’s Church where a documentary on the raids and the fight to reopen the flats was screened.
It featured testimonies from sex workers and their “maids”, the women who sit in the flats with them while they are working.
Niki Adams from the English Collective of Prostitutes said conditions for the workers in the Soho flats had deteriorated over the course of the year.