Three new publications relating to sex work have been released by the Open Society Foundations.
Laws and Policies Affecting Sex Work
This reference brief aims to clarify terms and illustrate examples of alternatives to the use of criminal law as a response to sex work. Laws and policies on sex work should be based on the best available evidence about what works to protect health and rights. They should optimise sex workers' ability to realise the right to due process under the law, the right to privacy, the right to form associations, the right to be free of discrimination, abuse, and violence, and the right to work and to just and favourable conditions of work.
Ten Reasons to Decriminalize Sex Work
This document provides ten reasons why decriminalising sex work is the best policy for promoting health and human rights for sex workers, their families, and communities. Removing criminal prosecution of sex work goes hand-in-hand with recognising sex work as work and protecting the rights of sex workers through workplace health and safety standards. Decriminalising sex work means sex workers are more likely to live without stigma, social exclusion, and fear of violence.
How Policing Practices Put Sex Workers and HIV Services at Risk in Kenya, Namibia, Russia, South Africa, the United States, and Zimbabwe.