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Rentboy CEO Fined and Sentenced to 6 Months in Jail

It has been almost two years since the offices of Rentboy were raided by the New York Police Department and the Department of Homeland Security on 25 August, 2015. Six employees were arrested alongside CEO Jeffrey Hurant, but changes against every except Hurant were dropped after a the case became the subject of national attention with condemnation coming from LGBT and Human Rights organisations such as Lambda Legal, the ACLU, and Human Rights Watch. 

Desprotegidas. Controladas en exceso por la policía. Invisibilizadas. Las trabajadoras sexuales LGBT importan.

En este trabajo se explora ICRSE rueda de las diversas experiencias y realidades de los trabajadores sexuales LGBT y la intersección de los derechos LGBT y los derechos de las trabajadoras sexuales. Se pide también al movimiento LGBT para construir una alianza con los profesionales del sexo y sus organizaciones y apoyar activamente los derechos de los trabajadores del sexo y la despenalización del trabajo sexual.

Underserved. Overpoliced. Invisibilised. LGBT Sex Workers Do Matter

This ICRSE briefing paper explores the diverse experiences and realities of LGBT sex workers and the intersection of LGBT rights and sex workers’ rights. It also calls upon the LGBT movement to build an alliance with sex workers and their organisations and actively support sex workers’ rights and the decriminalisation of sex work.

USA Backpage CEO Skips Congressional Hearing, Faces Charges

Backpage CEO Carl Ferrer failed to appear in a US Congressional Hearing on November 19th. Ferrer may face contempt charges as a result. “Definance of a congressional subpoena is rare and it’s serious,” said Senator Rob Portman. Portman and Senator Claire McCaskill are leading a subcommittee investigation into Backpage’s supposed involvement in ‘sex trafficking’.

NSWP Statement Condemning the Raid and Arrests at

NSWP, the Global Network of Sex Work Projects, emphatically condemns the actions of the USA’s Department of Homeland Security and federal prosecutors in New York for the raid on the offices of and the arrests of seven of its staff members.

This action appears to be a blatant, morally-driven discriminatory attack on gay consensual sex. The New York Times Editorial Board have stated that the criminal complaint that resulted in this raid was so saturated with sexually explicit details, it’s hard not to interpret it as an indictment of gay men as being sexually promiscuous.’ Many USA activists, LGBT community members and commentators have highlighted the increasing climate of homophobia that they identify as having accompanied the tenures of Mayor De Blasio and the Commissioner of NYPD, William Bratton.

NSWP’s opposes all forms of criminalisation and other legal oppression of sex work (including sex workers, clients, third parties, families, partners and friends). The term ‘third parties’ includes managers, brothel keepers, receptionists, maids, drivers, landlords, hotels who rent rooms to sex workers and anyone else who is seen as facilitating sex work. Sex workers and our allies actively campaign for full decriminalisation of sex work for a number of reasons, including promoting safe working conditions and labour rights for sex workers; Increase access to health services and reduce sex workers’ risk of HIV and STIs; Increase sex workers’ access to justice; Reduce police abuse and violence; Help to tackle exploitation and coercion when it does occur.

Sex workers need to be able to communicate openly with clients and managers without constantly fearing arrest, police harassment or worse. Sex workers often use advertising websites to screen clients for their own safety.

The timing of this raid could not be more acutely out-of-step with the overwhelming body of evidence and the findings of international bodies such as the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, who recommend that governments should work towards the decriminalisation of sex work and The Lancet which recently published a special series on HIV and Sex Workers, which also recommends the decriminalisation of sex work.

Amnesty International’s global movement recently voted to adopt a policy to protect the human rights of sex workers, including the full decriminalisation of sex work at their International Council meeting this August. Amnesty joins a growing list of other major international agencies such as the World Health Organization, Human Rights Watch and the Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women in the call for decriminalisation of sex work.

You can download this 2 page statement below.

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Changing sexuality and the normalisation of male sex work

A new public health context to understand male sex work

Researching male sex work offers insight into the sexual lives of men and women while developing a more realistic appreciation for the changing issues associated with male sex work. This type of research is important because it not only reflects a growing and diversifying consumer demand for male sex work, but also because it enables the construction of knowledge that is up-to-date with changing ideas around sex and sexualities.

简报: 男性性工作者 的需求与权利

关注和突出男性性工作者(MSW)的需求与权利,是NSWP 的优先事项之一,基于此我们提出本简报。简报综述了全球 MSW面临的主要问题,并特别提供了几个男 性性工作者社群对这些问题所做的倡导与活 动。简报为政策制定者、项目设计实施人员 和一线服务人员解释了MSW社群的权利与 特别的需求,希望能够增强对该社群所处的 复杂现实与多元需求的意识与理解。无论是 在草根社群还是全球论坛,本简报都可作为 NSWP成员团体的倡导工具,提升对MSW需求的意识,为他们 的权利进行倡导。


Documento Informativo: Las necesidades y los derechos de los hombres que ejercen el trabajo sexual

Este documento informativo ha sido desarrollado acorde con la prioridad de la NSWP de centrarse y poner de relieve las necesidades y los derechos de los hombres que ejercen el trabajo sexual. El documento presenta una visión de conjunto sobre algunos de los principales problemas a los que deben enfrentarse los hombres que ejercen el trabajo sexual (HTS) a escala global y destaca algunos de los esfuerzos de defensa de derechos y activismo protagonizados por las comunidades de hombres que ejercen el trabajo sexual para enfrentar estos problemas.