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Finnish sex work sites closed down by Spanish police

Finnish websites used by sex workers to advertise and share information with each other have been closed down following a judicial warrant by Spanish police. The websites, Sihteeriopisto (Secretary College) and the international counterpart, sexworknet, were launched in Finland but was maintenance was moved overseas following changes to sex work laws in Finland in 2003. Spanish police issued the warrant on 26th March, since which point the websites have been unavailable. 

SWAI launches new campaign to mark two years of criminalisation of clients

Sex Workers Alliance Ireland has launched a new social media campaign to highlight the impact of laws criminalising the purchase of sexual services in the Republic of Ireland, which were introduced in 2017. The campaign highlights the increase in violence documented among sex workers since the introduction of the laws, and calls on the government to decriminalise sex work to ensure safety for sex workers. 

Sex workers excluded from CSW side event on SRHR

Sex workers attending the Commission on the Status of Women were concerned by comments made about sex work during the panel of a side event yesterday. The side event ‘Free to Decide, Free to Choose’ was sponsored by the French and Swedish governments, and discussed sexual and reproductive health and rights. Comments from the Swedish Women’s Lobby during the event suggested that no woman’s rights can be respected while sex workers exist.

Policy Brief: The Impact of Anti-trafficking Legislation and Initiatives on Sex Workers

Trafficking in persons has generated increasing global attention in recent decades, largely due to the development of international frameworks, pressure from fundamental feminist and abolitionist groups, and as a reaction to increased migration for labour. International policies on trafficking frequently contain vague or ambiguous language, which can cause harm to sex workers in a number of ways.

Аналитическая записка: Влияние стигмы и дискриминации на ключевые группы населения и их близких

Социальная стигма и карательное законодательство препятствуют соблюдению права ключевых групп населения на создание семьи без внешнего вмешательства и дискриминации. Жизненный опыт людей из ключевых групп населения (геев, бисексуальных и других мужчин, ведущих половую жизнь с мужчинами, людей, употребляющих наркотики, секс-работников и трансгендерных людей) может быть самым разным; он определяется степенью уголовного преследования, стигмы и дискриминации и индивидуальными особенностями, таким как социоэкономический статус, гендер, раса и состояние здоровья.  Люди из ключевых групп населения также сталкиваются со сходными сложностями в воспитании детей.

政策简报:污名与歧视对关键人群及其家庭的影响

社会污名和惩罚性法律制度经常严重损害关键人群养育家庭不受干涉和歧视的权利。关键人群(同性恋、男男性行为者、毒品使用者、性工作者和跨性别者)的经历是不同的,因其面对各种程度的刑事定罪、污名和歧视,而且社会经济地位、性别、种族和健康情况也会有影响。关键人群作为父母面临很多共同问题。

Documento de Políticas: El impacto del estigma y la discriminación en las poblaciones clave y sus familias

El estigma social y los marcos legales punitivos a menudo impiden severamente la realización de los derechos de las poblaciones clave para criar familias libres de interferencias y discriminación. Las experiencias de los grupos de poblaciones clave (gais, bisexuales y otros hombres que tienen sexo con hombres, personas que usan drogas, personas que ejercen el trabajo sexual y personas transgénero) son diversas y están informadas por los diferentes niveles de criminalización, estigma y discriminación, y por factores individuales como el estatus socioeconómico, género, raza y estado de salud. También hay muchos desafíos comunes que enfrentan las poblaciones clave al ejercer su rol de padre o madre.