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Que pensent les travailleur.se.s du sexe de la loi prostitution?

Le 13 avril 2016, la France adoptait la loi « visant à renforcer la lutte contre le système prostitutionnel et à accompagner les personnes prostituées », devenant ainsi le deuxième pays de l’Union européenne à sanctionner les clients des travailleur.se.s du sexe. Depuis, deux chercheurs, Hélène Le Bail et Calogero Giametta, en collaboration avec 11 associations ont mené une enquête afin de documenter les impacts de cette nouvelle législation sur la santé, les droits et les conditions de vie des travailleur.se.s du sexe en France.

Smart Guide to CEDAW

This Smart Guide aims to provide NSWP members with increased understanding of CEDAW and its potential for use in advocacy work. The Guide is the result of collaboration between NSWP and the International Women’s Rights Action Watch Asia Pacific (IWRAW-AP). 

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Sex workers condemn proposals for FOSTA-style laws in the UK

NSWP joins sex worker-led organisations in the UK to condemn attempts to introduce FOSTA-style laws criminalising online platforms used by sex workers.

Woodhull Freedom Foundation and Human Rights Watch file a federal lawsuit against FOSTA

On 28th June, the Woodhull Freedom Foundation, Human Rights Watch, The Internet Archive, and two individuals have filed a federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of FOSTA (Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act, 2017).

Canada's Liberal Party votes to support the decriminalisation of sex work

Last weekend in Halifax at their biannual national convention, the Liberal Party voted yes to a resolution for consensual sex work decriminalisation. The resolution was presented by the party’s youth caucus, the Young Liberals of Canada, and is part of several resolutions that push for a more progressive Liberal Party. The Liberal Party are currently the largest party in Canadian government, under the leadership of Prime Minister Trudeau.

What do sex workers think about the French Prostitution Act?

In 2016, France adopted a law criminalising the clients of sex workers. This report focuses on the impact of this new legislation on the health, rights and living conditions of sex workers in the country. 

An 8-page synthesis of this report is available in English above, and the synthesis and full report are available in French on the Médecins du Monde website

USA sex workers resist closures of strip clubs

Efforts to resist the closing of strip clubs in the US are ongoing. Recent police raids have prompted a spotlight on New Orleans, Louisiana (NOLA) in recent months, as NOLA-based sex workers speak out against “tough on crime” politics affecting their right to work safely.

Краткое пособие для секс-работников по сопротивлению внедрению "скандинавской" модели

Краткое пособие составлено с опорой на разработанный НСВП набор инструментов по "шведской модели" и посвящено анализу ущерба, причиненного секс-работникам в странах, где была введена "скандинавская" модель. В его основе – опыт членов НСВП, сведения о котором собирались  в ходе совещания с членами сети при помощи анализа документов, проведения глубинных интервью и тематических исследований в отдельных стран.  Цель пособия – помочь членам НСВП и защитникам прав секс-работников активно выступать против предложений ввести "скандинавский" подход в их странах.

性工作者明智指南之挑战北欧模式的推广

本明智指南基于NSWP当前关于“瑞典模式”的工具包,并讨论引入北欧模式国家中性工作者受到的伤害。指南包含通过投稿、深度访谈和咨询中的案例研究所获得的NSWP成员经验。指南旨在加强NSWP成员和性工作者权利倡导者的能力,使其能积极挑战所在国家中对北欧模式的呼吁。

Guía Práctica para Personas que Ejercen el Trabajo Sexual para Combatir la Introducción del Modelo Nórdico

Esta Guía Práctica es parte de la ya herramienta existente de la NSWP sobre el “Modelo Sueco”, y da un repaso a los daños causados a las personas que ejercen el trabajo sexual en los países donde se ha introducido el Modelo Sueco. Está hecha a partir de las experiencias de los miembros de la NSWP, usando documentos, entrevistas en profundidad y estudios de casos a través de procesos de consultas.