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Sex Work and the Law: Understanding Legal Frameworks and the Struggle for Sex Work Law Reforms

This 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.

Victory for French Sex Workers at the Senate’s Select Committee

For the past three years sex workers in France and their union, STRASS, have been fighting against the attempt to introduce laws criminalising their clients.  The issue was first discussed by the French National Assembly in December 2011 when a non-binding resolution was adopted by the Assembly supporting the introduction of the ‘Swedish model’ in France.  This was later followed by the introduction of a formal Bill by the ruling French Socialist Party.  The campaign to pass the Bill was led by the Minister for Women’s Rights, Na

Advocating for Decriminalisation of Sex Work in Africa

The sex worker rights movement in Africa has been advocating for sex work to be recognised as work for nearly twenty years now. With regard to sex work, African countries fall in three broadly distinct groups. First, those countries that criminalise the sex worker; second, those countries that do not criminalise sex work but do not recognise it as work (e.g. DRC, Burundi, Cameroun, Mali, Algeria); the third group recognises sex work as work even though it is still considered to be an illegal activity (e.g. South Africa, Kenya).  

Amnesty International UK Branch supports the decriminalisation of sex work at their Annual General Meeting

Amnesty International’s (AI) consultation on the proposal to adopt a formal policy in support of the decriminalisation of sex work has attracted a lot of attention in recent months.  AI explains its decision to undertake this consultation: