This resource is a Community Guide to the Sex Work as Work policy brief. It summarises international frameworks that address work and the right to work, and particularly, sex work as work. It shows the benefits of viewing sex work as work through a labour approach. It also summarises the consultation with NSWP members about what decent work would look like in the context of sex work.
This global policy brief looks at sex work through a labour framework, and advocates for the recognition of sex work as work. Where sex work is criminalised, sex workers’ workplaces are often excluded from national labour laws. This creates an environment where sex workers have no option but to accept exploitative working conditions. As a result, the struggle for the recognition of sex work as work is closely tied to the struggle for decriminalisation. This policy brief outlines the benefits of looking at sex work through a labour approach. A community guide is also available.
The EMPOWER Foundation Thailand report Moving Toward Decent Sex Work and its summary explores the protections offered to Thai sex workers under civil law and the application of other labour mechanisms to sex work. It provides an overview of the Thai sex industry and argues that to develop a reform process, people must hear how exploitation is defined and experienced by Thai sex workers. Decent Sex Work provides recommendations which are appropriate to prevent and address exploitation in sex work.
The ICRSE Community Report Exploitation: Unfair Labour Arrangements and Precarious Working Conditions in the Sex Industry discusses exploitation in the sex industry, while simultaneously challenging anti-sex work advocates' understanding of sex work as 'sexual exploitation'. Through case studies in Europe and Central Asia, it argues that both sex work, as a form of work and income-generating activity, and exploitation, as labour arrangements that enable one person to take unfair advantage of the work of another, belong to the realm of work and should be viewed and analysed through the lens of labour.
This research article explores how the sex workers’ rights movement can build solidarity with other sectors of intimate labour, specifically domestic workers, in its fight to have sex work recognised as work. The article builds upon the notion of sex work as work in the context of a labour rights movement that can change the mechanics of organising decentralised labour.
International Sex Workers’ Day was celebrated by organisations around Brazil. In Rio, Belo Horizonte and Campinas (Southeast), Porto Alegre (South), Belém (North), Teresina and Campina Grande (Northeast), sex workers and activists took part in cultural and political activities including; workshops, media interviews, parades, a catwalk show, the distribution of leaflets, papers, flowers and chocolate candies to sex workers. Read some of these stories, right here.
Por séptimo año consecutivo en el Perú, este 2 de Junio se conmemorará el Día Internacional de la Trabajadora Sexual. Este año las organizaciones que integran la Plataforma de Personas que Ejercen el trabajo sexual PLAPERTS, ha organizado distintas actividades, siendo una de las más resaltantes la entrega al Congreso de la República, de la propuesta del Proyecto de Ley de reconocimiento al Trabajo Sexual, una ley que busca un lineamiento de igualdad de Derechos laborales y la no discriminación de las personas que ejercen el trabajo sexual, salud y Seguridad en el Trabajo, reducir las violaciones de los Derechos Humanos y la regulación y ordenamiento en el marco de las leyes laborales del país.
The Independent reports that a civil court in Barcelona has ruled that sex workers in Spain are to be entitled to the same labour rights as workers in any other industry and that they should have the right to claim unemployment benefits when not in work.