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My Work Should Not Cost Me My Life: The Case Against Criminalising the Purchase of Sex In Canada

On December 20, 2013, the Supreme Court of Canada rendered a landmark decision that substantially reshaped Canada’s legal framework regarding adult sex work. The case of Bedford v. Canada resulted in the striking down of three provisions of the Criminal Code: the communication, bawdy-house and living on the avails laws. The Court found that these three provisions violate section 7 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms (the “Charter”) given their negative impact on sex workers’ security of the person.

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French Human Rights Commission Rejects the Criminalisation of Clients

The French Commission Nationale Consultative des Droits de l'Homme(CNCDH) released its opinion on the proposals for amending the country’s sex work laws on Monday 28th May 2014.  The CNCDH includes representatives from many of the country’s major human rights NGOs including Inter-LGBT, Amnesty International and the

UN Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women calls on India to take measures to protect Human Rights of Sex Workers

This resource is a note by NSWP members Veshya Anyay Mukti Parishad (VAMP) and SANGRAM. It summarizes the Report of the UN Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women in India with regards to her observations made in relation to sex worker rights in India. It highlights that the Special Rapporteur called on the Indian Government to review the problematic ITPA (Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act) legislation which criminalizes women in sex work and to take measures to protect the human rights of sex workers.

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New Resource: Purchasing Sexual Services in Sweden and the Netherlands: Legal Regulation and Experiences

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.  

People's Parliament Meeting, House of Commons: Stop the Criminalisation of Sex Work - Safety First

26 Mar
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The English Collective of Prostitutes will be chairing a meeting to be held in the People's Parliament in the House of Commons to argue against the criminalisation of sex work.

An All-Party Parliamentary Group has just recommended changing the prostitution laws to criminalise clients.

Criminalising clients will not stop prostitution, nor will it stop the criminalisation of women.  But it will make it more dangerous and stigmatising for sex workers.