UNAIDS have drafted a briefing note on the legal status of sex work emphasising the key human rights and public health considerations.
The briefing note clarifies five issues that are often a source of contention with the anti-sex work lobby. The points that the UNAIDS briefing note clarify include:
- that sex work should not be conflated with human trafficking;
- that the criminalisation of sex workers or their clients negates the right to individual self-determination, autonomy and agency;
- human rights bodies have called for the decriminalisation of sex work;
- the “Nordic Model” of criminalising clients of sex workers raises serious concerns; and
- how the decriminalisation of sex work, including the purchase of sex, protects human rights and supports public health efforts.
You can download the statement above.