Sex Worker (In)Justice

Two weeks ago France adopted the Nordic model of criminalizing sex work, which involves aggressively going after patrons of the workers. In countries where this model has been adopted, working conditions for sex workers have degraded significantly as the work hasbeen driven underground.

While feminist abolitionists celebrate the victory of the bill, the workers themselves are not happy.This kind of bill puts them in a more precarious and dangerous situation, both economically and physically.

Legalization of sex work, though, would allow for significant improvements in the working conditions of the world’s oldest profession.

Said Professor Pascal Vielle of the University of Louvain who also researched labour law at the ETUI (European Trade Union Institute):

“If this activity were subjected, just like any other, to the labour law, everyone would benefit. Both the worker and the employer would find themselves subjected to its rules, to the payment of social contributions, to contracts, and a whole range of rights could then be asserted.”

Human rights organizations agree. Among those organizations supporting the legalization of prostitution is Amnesty International.

What we want is a refocussing of laws to tackle acts of exploitation, abuse and trafficking – rather than catch-all offences that only criminalize and endanger sex workers. 

Other human rights organizations that support the legalization of sex work include the World Health Organization, UNAIDS, International Labour Organization, the Global Alliance Against Trafficking in Women, the Global Network of Sex Work Projects, the Global Commission on HIV and the Law, Human Rights Watch, the Open Society Foundations and Anti-Slavery International.*


*according to Amnesty International. 




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