Law and public policy

The Swedish Law to Criminalise Clients: A failed experiment in social engineering

Year: 
2012

In 1999, the Swedish government embarked on an experiment in social engineering1 to end men’s practice of purchasing commercial sexual services. The government enacted a new law criminalizing the purchase (but not the sale) of sex (Swedish Penal Code). It hoped that the fear of arrest and increased public stigma would convince men to change their sexual behaviour. The government also hoped that the law would force the estimated 1,850 to 3,000 women who sold sex in Sweden at that time to find another line of work.

Sexuality and Social Justice: a Toolkit

Year: 
2014

A number of people are excluded from the process and benefits of development because of their sexuality. Policies designed to lift people out of poverty, to provide employment and access to crucial services, all too often exclude those who do not conform to ‘normal’ sexual or gender identities. In many countries, this exclusion is also enforced through law.

New Zealand Court Rules in Favour of Sex Worker in Work Place Harassment Case

The New Zealand Human Rights Review Tribunal made a landmark ruling in January 2014 on the violation of a woman’s human rights in a Wellington brothel known as The Kensington Inn. The woman filed a complaint against both the manager of the brothel and the brothel’s owner, M &T Enterprises, after the manager allegedly harassed her.

Bringing Justice to Health: Legal Empowerment of Marginalised Groups Facilitates Greater Access to Health Services and Rights

A new report launched recently by the Open society Foundation (OSF) examines how legal empowerment projects for various marginalised groups (including sex workers) have changed access to health services.

Challenging Prostitution Laws: Bedford V. Canada

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Year: 
2013

This resource offers a succint introduction to the Bedford V. Canada Supreme Court case, looking at what's at stake and the arguments at play from a perspective grounded in sex workers rights. It looks at 'what is Bedford V. Canada?'; then, the basis of the case, the legal arguments, the court's potential decisions, and finally the interveners in case.

Managing Sex Work: information for third parties and sex workers in the incall and outcall sectors of the sex industry

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Year: 
2013

The research project 'Rethinking Management in the Adult and Sex Industry', which led to the resource 'Beyond Pimps, Procurers, and Parasites', highlighted to the researchers that far from the demonised and racialised stereotype of the "pimp", third parties in the sex industry have complex, varied and frequently mundane relationships with sex workers. However, unlike in other industries, third party roles are often criminalised, which impacts upon the ability of sex workers to expect or create a safe working environment.

Gérer le travail du sexe: information pour les tierces personnes et les travailleuses du sexe des secteurs incall et outcall

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Year: 
2013

The research project 'Rethinking Management in the Adult and Sex Industry', which led to the resource 'Beyond Pimps, Procurers, and Parasites', highlighted to the researchers that far from the demonised and racialised stereotype of the "pimp", third parties in the sex industry have complex, varied and frequently mundane relationships with sex workers. However, unlike in other industries, third party roles are often criminalised, which impacts upon the ability of sex workers to expect or create a safe working environment.