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Community Guide: Sex Work as Work

This resource is a Community Guide to the Sex Work as Work policy brief. It summarises international frameworks that address work and the right to work, and particularly, sex work as work. It shows the benefits of viewing sex work as work through a labour approach. It also summarises the consultation with NSWP members about what decent work would look like in the context of sex work.

Policy Brief: Sex Work as Work

This global policy brief looks at sex work through a labour framework, and advocates for the recognition of sex work as work. Where sex work is criminalised, sex workers’ workplaces are often excluded from national labour laws. This creates an environment where sex workers have no option but to accept exploitative working conditions. As a result, the struggle for the recognition of sex work as work is closely tied to the struggle for decriminalisation. This policy brief outlines the benefits of looking at sex work through a labour approach. A community guide is also available.

Доброволна Сексуална Работа

СТАР-СТАР, колективните на сексуалните работници на Балканот, објави доброволно сексуалната работа. Тие интервјуирани 73 сексуалните работници во градот Скопје Основните цели на нивното истражување е да се разбере ставови и перцепции кон доброволен секс работата на сексуалните работници и за легализација на сексуалната работа, да се подигне свеста на општата популација за сексуалната работа, и, конечно, да се презентираат предностите и недостатоците на сексуалната работа легализација.

Voluntary Sex Work

STAR-STAR, a sex workers' collective in the Balkans, has published Voluntary Sex Work. They interviewed 73 sex workers in the city of Skopje. Their key research objectives were to understand sex workers' attitudes and perceptions towards voluntary sex work and the legalisation of sex work, to raise the general population's awareness about sex work, and finally, to present the advantages and disadvantages of sex work legalisation. 

La Pornographie Axée sur les PerformeurSEs : un Exemple des Droits des TravailleurSEs du Sexe

En Australie, certains actes sexuels dans la pornographie sont considérés comme offensants et dégradants dans le droit pénal. Zahra Stardust montre comment les performeurSEs-réalisateurRICEs résistent à la classification du gouvernement et les lois pénales en se livrant à l'activisme pour les droits des travailleurSEs du sexe à travers la création d'espaces centrés sur les performeurSEs et en instaurant des pratqiues exemplaires en matières de normes du travail. Cet article a été publié dans le cadre de Research for Sex Work 15: Résistance et Résilience.

Performer-Centred Pornography as Sex Workers' Rights: Developing Labour Standards in a Criminalised Context

In Australia, certain sexual acts performed in pornography are deemed offensive and degrading in criminal law. Zahra Stardust demonstrates how performer-producers are resisting government classification and criminal laws by engaging in sex workers' rights activism through creating performer-centered spaces and pioneering best practices labour standards. This article was published as a part of Research for Sex Work 15: Resistance and Resilience.

Research for Sex Work 15: Résistance et Résilience

Research for Sex Work 15: Résistance et Résilience est une publication pour les TravailleurSEs du sexe, les militantEs, les travailleurSEs de la santé, les chercheurSEs, le personnel des ONGs et les décideurSEs. Il est publié chaque année et est régie par un comité éditorial composé de travailleurSEs du sexe, de personnel des organisations de soutien et des cheurcheurSEs. Il est disponible en anglais et en français.

Exploitation: Unfair Labour Arrangements and Precarious Working Conditions in the Sex Industry

The ICRSE Community Report Exploitation: Unfair Labour Arrangements and Precarious Working Conditions in the Sex Industry discusses exploitation in the sex industry, while simultaneously challenging anti-sex work advocates' understanding of sex work as 'sexual exploitation'. Through case studies in Europe and Central Asia, it argues that both sex work, as a form of work and income-generating activity, and exploitation, as labour arrangements that enable one person to take unfair advantage of the work of another, belong to the realm of work and should be viewed and analysed through the lens of labour. 

La Influencia del Tiempo de Negociación en el Control de las Interacciones entre la Persona que ejerce el Trabajo Sexual y el Cliente

Esta investigación grande, canadiense explora la percepción de control y poder dentro de las interacciones entre los profesionales del sexo y sus clientes. trabajadores sexuales y sus clientes informan de que la mayor parte de sus interacciones son libres de conflicto y se caracterizan por una dinámica relativamente simétricas de control y poder. La capacidad de negociar en los términos y condiciones de los servicios sexuales comerciales ofrecidos y solicitados antes de reunirse en persona está vinculada a los trabajadores se sienten más control sobre el uso del condón y sentirse más poder en comparación con aquellos cuyo primer encuentro con los clientes es cara a cara. Esta capacidad para hacer publicidad con claridad los servicios permite a los trabajadores declaran explícitamente lo que es más, no se está ofreciendo por lo que hay menos confusión sobre las expectativas, algo que la mayoría de los clientes parecen apreciar y deseo por sí mismos.