NSWP Statement In Response to Equality Now Attack on UN Recommendation Calling for Decriminalisation of Sex Work
In response to Equality Now’s recent letter to Helen Clark, administrator at UNDP, requesting that the UN re-examine the findings and recommendations of two recent UN reports on HIV and the Law, and Sex Work and the Law in Asia and the Pacific respectively. NSWP rejects the attacks on these recent UN reports which recommend decriminalisation of sex work. The campaigners leading these attacks are crucially misrepresenting several key factors.
While NSWP is delighted that attention is being drawn to these recent UN reports, which both strongly recommend the decriminalisation of sex work as the best way to ensure sex workers have full access to human rights, health, and justice, we condemn:
- the attack on the rights of sex workers to effective rights-based programming as their best protection against HIV;
- the irresponsible and deliberate conflation of sex work with trafficking;
- the continued promotion of the failed Swedish model as a ‘solution’;
- the denial of the existence of sex workers and sex work;
- the deliberate misrepresentation of the UN reports, as “failing” to “include” the voices of those who have sold sex.
You can download this statement in a 5 page PDF in English below.