NSWP Publishes New Briefing Paper: ‘Sex Work & the Law: Understanding Legal Frameworks & the Struggle for Sex Work Law Reforms’

NSWP has published a new briefing paper titled ‘Sex Work and the Law: Understanding Legal Frameworks and the Struggle for Sex Work Law Reforms’

The global sex workers’ rights movement has a long history of campaigning against laws that violate the rights of sex workers. One of NSWP’s core values is opposition to all forms of criminalisation and other legal oppression of sex work that affects sex workers, clients, third parties*, families, partners and friends. Advocacy efforts also extend to reforming police practice and law enforcement, which is inseparable from the law itself, and often includes extortion, corruption and the discriminatory targeting of sex workers.

The briefing paper describes the different legislative frameworks used to criminalise and oppress sex work and sex workers, including oppressive regulatory frameworks. It also provides insight into the language and shared principles that NSWP members use when advocating for law reforms that respect and protect sex workers’ human and labour rights.

This briefing paper is an important tool for advocates and campaigners as it discusses the various legal frameworks used across the world to legislate and police sex work. It is also a useful guide that can be used to counter arguments put forward by anti-sex work campaigners who consistently confuse the decriminalisation of sex work with ‘legalising’ sex work or ‘legalising pimps and johns’ for example.

The Chinese, French, Spanish and Russian versions of this paper will be made available soon.

You can download this briefing paper here.

*The term ‘third parties’ includes managers, brothel keepers, receptionists, maids, drivers, landlords, hotels who rent rooms to sex workers and anyone else who is seen as facilitating sex work.