Regional updates: Europe

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Regional Board Members

Nataliia Isaieva (Legalife-Ukraine), Ukraine.

Dinah de Riquet-Bons (STRASS), France.

Regional Networks

The International Committee for the Rights of Sex Workers in Europe (ICRSE) is a European network of sex workers and allies across Europe and Central Asia. It was formed in 2004 to organise the 2005 European Conference on Sex Work, Human Rights, Labour and Migration and is based in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

The Sex Workers’ Rights Advocacy Network for Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia (SWAN) is a network of sex workers' groups and civil society. SWAN started in 2006 as a project within Hungarian Civil Liberties Union (HCLU/TASZ) and became an independent organisation in 2012 and is based in Budapest, Hungary.

News articles from Europe region are listed below.

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New Generation Humanitarian NGO, an NSWP member organisation based in Armenia, have been providing temporary shelter, food packages, and legal support for sex workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

13th August 2020 by NSWP
A black background with white text. It says, "Police officer talking to sex worker. At police department."

The Russian Forum of Sex Workers, an NSWP member organisation, have shared a video of a police officer addressing a sex worker at a police station in Russia. 

5th August 2020 by NSWP

30th July is World Day Against Trafficking in Persons. Sex Workers Alliance Ireland circulated this press release illustrating that Ireland is not utilising its best weapon against sex trafficking: sex workers themselves. You can read the full release on SWAI's website.

30th July 2020 by NSWP

A new law criminalising clients has come into effect in Israel. The law, which was approved a year and a half ago by the Knesset, punishes those caught seeking the services of sex workers, as well as those apprehended in a location chiefly used for sex work.

14th July 2020 by NSWP

In April 2020, NSWP launched a global survey to understand the impact of COVID-19 on sex workers. The survey received, thus far, a total of 156 responses from 55 different countries out of which 43 responses were from 17 countries – Armenia, Austria, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Netherlands, Norway, Romania, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, North Macedonia, Ukraine, and the United Kingdom – in the Europe region.

6th July 2020 by NSWP

我们正在分享5篇关注当下健康危机的文章,它们基于NSWP组织所处的5个不同地区对COVID-19影响调查的回答。这些简单的回复为我们了一个渠道来了解当地政府正在采取哪些措施来支持性工作者组织以及性工作者,还有哪些不足。

世界卫生组织在三月份宣布欧洲成为全球新型冠状病毒爆发的“疫情中心”。截至目前,北马其顿共和国一共报告其境内有超过1200例确诊病例。 在这次危机中,北马其顿的性工作者的痛苦是几乎“无形”的;不同于其他国家,性工作者在疫情期间的遭遇已经被新闻媒体报道,北马其顿的个各种报道完全没有涉及这个群体。这种情况使这个国家的性工作者被置于“贫困与孤立无援”的境地;一些人失去了他们租住的房子,另一些正在变性过程中的性工作者“无法继续获得荷尔蒙治疗”。北马其顿弱势工人支持协会(The Association for Support of Marginalized Workers,STAR-STAR) 在我们的COVID-19影响调查中报告了他们在疫情中的经历。

6th May 2020 by NSWP

Today Human Rights Watch reported on the International Committee on the Rights of Sex Workers in Europe's (ICRSWE) statement calling for emergency support to sex workers amid the COVID-19 crisis.

4th May 2020 by NSWP

Sex workers in Amsterdam are calling on the Amsterdam Museum to close a new exhibition, ‘No.1 Tourist Attraction’, criticising its content and use of stigmatising language. The exhibition, created by Nordic Model activist Jimini Hignett, is planned to run until March 2020, despite protests from sex workers and allies. 

11th November 2019 by NSWP

Sex workers attended a roundtable meeting and exhibition in the European Parliament this week, co-organised by Dutch MEP Sophie in ‘t Veld.

17th October 2019 by NSWP

Swedish sex worker organisation Fuckförbundet has held the first sex worker-organised international conference in the country following the introduction of client criminalisation in 1999. Between 28th and 30th September, more than 80 sex workers joined the conference – Sex Work, Human Rights and Health: Assessing 20 Years of Swedish Model – in Stockholm.

1st October 2019 by NSWP