Regional updates: Europe
Our members are listed on the left or you can click the red umbrellas on the map.
Regional Board Members
Nataliia Isaieva (Legalife-Ukraine), Ukraine.
Dinah de Riquet-Bons (STRASS), France.
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.
A bill introduced in the Scottish Parliament calls for new powers to increase penalties for human trafficking. The Human Trafficking and Exploitation (Scotland) Bill was introduced on December 11 2014.
This just in from NSWP's European correspondent:
A new research report from Malmö University, commissioned by the Swedish Association for Sexuality Education (RFSU), criticises the so-called Swedish Modelof social policy on sex work, concluding that claims of the policy’s success have been greatly exaggerated.
Proposed new law is dangerously misguided, say sex workers.
On Wednesday 4th February, sex workers and supporters launched ‘Realising Sex Workers’ Rights in Ireland,’ a ground-breaking paper addressing the reality of sex work in Ireland. Featuring the views of sex workers, legal practitioners and academics, the paper draws on international research and sets out a human rights and social justice response to sex work in Ireland.
Last year the Swedish Association for Sexuality Education (RFSU) commissioned a research report to investigate the effects of the Swedish ban against sex purchase, introduced in 1999. RFSU wanted an independent overview of earlier studies to be used as a foundation for a congressional decision in June 2015.
The Moroccan Patent Office (Office of Industrial and Commercial Property - OMPIC) recently formalised an agreement with the European Patent Office (EPO) for validating European patents in Morocco starting on the 1st of March 2015. This mean that patent applications and patents granted in Europe will have the legal effects of Moroccan patent applications and will be subject to Moroccan law. A world premiere, Morocco becomes the first country outside of the European Patent Organisation to validate European patents in its territory.
In Scotland, there are calls for nationally recognised increased restrictions to be imposed upon strip clubs.
Many of the images circulating last week from the December 17th rallies commemorating the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers included photos of mask-wearing Chinese sex workers in Paris’ Belleville district.
Earlier this month, Hull City Council won a landmark ruling to create Britain's first "prostitution-free zone." The new orders mean that any sex workers or kerb crawlers caught around the Hessle Road area can be arrested and forced to appear in court.
On December 16th, around midnight, Thierry Schaffauser, founding member of STRASS, was distributing leaflets and condoms when he was arrested on the Barbès Boulevard, Paris in the 18th district.
He was accused of having spoken to a sex worker.