BesD

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Location

Wuppertal
Germany
Contact email: 
international@berufsverband-sexarbeit.de
Who do you work with?: 
Our organisation is for all active or former Sex Workers. Sometimes we cooperate with third parties.
How are sex workers involved in your organisation?: 
The BesD is a trade association for erotic and sexual services. It is an organisation where only active or former sex workers are involved and can become members.
Which of NSWP priority areas does your organisation work on?: 
Oppose the criminalisation and other legal oppression of sex work and support its recognition as work
Critique the trafficking paradigm that conflates representations of sex work, migration, and mobility
Advocate for universal access to health services, including primary health care, HIV and sexual and reproductive health services
Speak out about violence against sex workers, including violence from police, institutions, clients, and intimate partners, while challenging the myth that sex work is inherently gender-based violence
Oppose human rights abuses, including coercive programming, mandatory testing, raids and forced rehabilitation
Challenge stigma and discrimination against sex workers, their families and partners, and others involved in sex work
Advocate for the economic empowerment and social inclusion of sex workers as sex workers
What are the two main challenges that the sex workers you work with face: 
Stigma, extremist feminists dominating prostitution discourse, middle-right government trying to regulate sex work heavy-handedly.
Describe other areas of your work: 
We give workshops from sex workers, info materials, organising protests.
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