Regional updates: Europe

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Regional Board Members

Nataliia Isaieva (Legalife-Ukraine), Ukraine.

Dinah de Riquet-Bons (STRASS), France.

Regional Networks

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.

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In 2002 Germany enacted the Prostitution Reform Act with the aim of strengthening the social and legal rights of sex workers.  On 11th April 2014, the Bundesrat, the Upper House of the German Parliament, called for further debate on the sex work laws and proposed a number of new measures.  German sex worker organisation BesD, Trade Association Erotic and Sexual Services, has issued a statement in response, expressing deep concern over some of the suggested reforms.

30th May 2014 by NSWP

The Global Network of Sex Work Projects (NSWP), implemented a global project to identify and document best practices undertaken by sex workers in carrying out programmes related to sex work and HIV; to identify and document issues of sex workers and their access to HIV‑related treatment and the impact of free trade on this access; and to identify and document the impact of programmes relating to HIV directed at sex workers which fail to include a human rights‑based approach.

16th May 2014 by NSWP
 
On the night of April 30th to May 1st, the Rede sobre Trabalho Sexual (Portuguese Sex Work
Network) will organise - in partnership with several activists for the rights of Sex Workers – a Flash
Mob for the Rights of Sex Workers (SW) in Portugal.
 
“Sex Work is Work” is the motto of the initiative, a slogan that was already adopted in 2012 during
the first Portuguese consciousness raising campaign about the need to recognise and dignify sex work in Portugal.
29th April 2014 by NSWP

The Central America Women's Network (CAWN) commisioned a report entited: "Exploitation and Trafficking of Women: Critiquing narratives during the London Olympics 2012" to inform its work around the role of civil society and the media in shaping public understanding of different forms of exploitation experienced by women, in particular migrant women, in the context of major sporting events.

29th April 2014 by NSWP

The Andrey Rylkov Foundation released the following press release:

Press Release

28th April 2014 by NSWP

A new resource has been loaded onto the resources section of the NSWP website that summarises the arguments for and against the Swedish Model. There is currently a lot of pressure on governments in Europe and in other countries across the world, to adopt the Swedish Model i.e. the criminalisation of the purchase of sex.  

21st April 2014 by NSWP

The European Commission are inviting civil society organisations working on trafficking in human beings, to express their interest to participate in the EU Civil Society e-Platform against Trafficking in Human Beings.

17th April 2014 by NSWP

In response to the open letter to AWID published by the National Organisation for Women’s Shelters and Young Women’s Shelters, the Swedish Association of Women’s Shelters and Young Women’s Empowerment Canters and the Swedish Women’s Lobby, AWID restates their support for sex worker rights organisations and their allies in calling

13th March 2014 by NSWP

The Human Trafficking and Exploitation Bill proposed by Lord Morrow currently being considered in Northern Ireland could, if passed into law, usefully place support for victims of human trafficking on a statutory basis and amalgamate some existing legislation into one single Act. The Bill includes a clause that recommends the criminalisation of the purchase of sex to reduce demand for trafficking.

10th March 2014 by NSWP

The Global Network of Sex Work Projects (NSWP) have released a statement strongly condemning the recent EU Parliament vote on the flawed report prepared by MEP Mary Honeyball.

6th March 2014 by NSWP