Who do you work with?:
PROUD works with sex workers and former sex workers in the Netherlands regardless of age, gender and legal status.
How are sex workers involved in your organisation?:
PROUD is a member organisation (vereniging) with a board and staff. All members and board members are (former) sex workers. Non-sex worker staff are hired only when no suitable candidates with sex work experience can be found.
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:
Problematic legal framework putting sex workers (both within and outside of the licensed sector) at risk, stigma leading to social exclusion, violence and limited to no access to housing, bank accounts and insurances.
Describe other areas of your work:
PROUD maps the wants and needs of sex workers through fieldwork, advocates rights-based and evidence-based sex work policy on a local and national level, and assists individual sex workers who face work/stigma related problems with practical and legal support.