Last week, 26-year-old Tarek Shaban Bin Ziaed was sentenced to 20 years in prison for the murder of a sex worker. The body of Yuan’é Hu, who had arrived in France from China in December 2011, was found in August 2012 in the Paris apartment she shared with other sex workers.She had been strangled by the strap of her handbag.
Regional updates: Europe
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Regional Board Members
Nataliia Isaieva (Legalife-Ukraine), Ukraine.
Dinah de Riquet-Bons (STRASS), France.
The International Committee for the Rights of Sex Workers in Europe (ICRSE) is a European network of sex workers and allies across Europe and Central Asia. It was formed in 2004 to organise the 2005 European Conference on Sex Work, Human Rights, Labour and Migration and is based in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
The Sex Workers’ Rights Advocacy Network for Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia (SWAN) is a network of sex workers' groups and civil society. SWAN started in 2006 as a project within Hungarian Civil Liberties Union (HCLU/TASZ) and became an independent organisation in 2012 and is based in Budapest, Hungary.
News articles from Europe region are listed below.
On Wednesday NSWP was invited by the International Community of Women Living with HIV (ICW) to take part in their monthly ICW Members Advocacy Working Group. Anastacia, NSWP Policy Officer and Daisy Nakato, WONETHA Director, were invited to lead the discussion on sex workers’ rights in the context of HIV.
Yesterday, Members of the UK Parliament debated and passed the Modern Slavery Bill. The bill was at its third reading, following a period where it had been proposed and debated by a small committee. It will now proceed to the House of Lords for consideration before receiving Royal Assent and becoming legislation.
Photo: Matthias Lehmann | Matt Lemon Photography
A group of sex workers in Germany have released a statement decrying the German Minister for Family Affairs putting forth proposals for the mandatory registration of all sex workers in Germany.
NSWP has published a statement in response to the recent release of a report by the Norwegian Ministry of Justice and Public Security following an evaluation of the ban of the purchase of sex which came into force in 2009 in Norway. The report has been heavily criticised by various sex worker rights groups for its poor quality and contradictory claims and findings presented throughout the report's 168 pages.
SWAN (Sex Workers’ Rights Advocacy Network in Central and Eastern Europe) in an attempt to raise awareness of the terrible human rights abuses faced by sex workers in Tajikistan, organised a photo flash mob at the AIDS 2014 conference in Melbourne, Australia. The conference learned of the situation in Tajikistan and participants were given details about the recent police crackdown and forced HIV testing of sex workers in the country. To show their solidarity with sex workers in Tajikis
SZEXE is an organisation that works to protect the interests of sex workers in Hungary. As well as offering direct services to sex workers SZEXE also conducts campaigning and advocacy work to advance sex worker rights. On July 1st in Budapest the organisation hosted a conference called ‘Nothing about Us without Us!’. This conference brought together many different people including journalists, politicians, civil society organisations and academics. But most importantly this conference was about amplifying the voices of s