Amnesty International is today publishing its policy on protecting sex workers from human rights violations and abuses, along with four research reports on these issues in Papua New Guinea, Hong Kong, Norway and Argentina. Our research highlights their testimony and the daily issues they face. The policy makes several calls on governments including for them to ensure protection from harm, exploitation and coercion; the participation of sex workers in the development of laws that affect their lives and safety; an end to discrimination and access to education and employment options for all. It recommends the decriminalization of consensual sex work, including those laws that prohibit associated activities—such as bans on buying, solicitation and general organization of sex work. This is based on evidence that these laws often make sex workers less safe and provide impunity for abusers with sex workers often too scared of being penalized to report crime to the police.
Amnesty International publishes policy and research on protection of sex workers’ rights
International Sex Workers Day - TGEU
Sex workers around the world continue to face a wide range of barriers to accessing justice and health services. Since sex work is widely criminalised, most sex workers are denied access to the benefits and rights afforded to other workers under labour laws and face the risk of criminalisation, detention, deportation and legal sanction. Sex-workers are one of the groups that are vulnerable to HIV. They have limited access to medical, legal and social services, information and prevention means. Also they face violence from partners, clients, administrators, and police officers. With a focus on Eastern Europe and Central Asia, we promote health and increase access to prevention, treatment and care for major public health concerns such as HIV, TB, viral hepatitis, and sexual and reproductive health. We strive for all people, all key populations in EECA, including Sex Workers, participate fully and confidently concerning their health and rights, in an inclusive and just society.
International Sex Worker Day
Posted on 2. On International Sex Workers Day, TGEU joins the voices of organisations and activists around the world calling for the end of police violence against sex workers and the decriminalisation of sex work. On 2 June , more than a hundred sex workers occupied the Church Saint-Nizier in Lyon, France, to draw attention to their exploitative and criminalised living and working conditions and demand an end to police harassment. Today, 45 years later, trans and gender-diverse sex workers around the world experience constant and widespread structural, institutional, and interpersonal violence.
In German, it is known as Hurentag Whore's Day. In the s, French police kept sex workers under increasing pressure. The police reprisals  forced sex workers to work increasingly in secret. As a result, protection of sex workers decreased and led to more violence against them.