ICRSE, 1000 ORGANISATIONS AND INDIVIDUALS ASK AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL TO SUPPORT DECRIMINALISATION OF SEX WORK

 

The International Committee on the Rights of Sex Workers in Europe (ICRSE),  Sex Workers’ Rights Advocacy Network in Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia (SWAN), Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women (GAATW), La Strada International, Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID), The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC), the International Community of Women Living with HIV (ICW),  and Transgender Europe are amongst the 200 organisations signatories of a letter to Amnesty International Board of Directors urging them to show courage and support the draft policy on decriminalisation of sex work.

More than 800 individuals including 100s of sex workers and researchers expert on sex work and human rights have also signed the letter.

Sex workers and allies (individuals and organisations) are invited to read and sign the letter available in English, French, Portuguese and Spanish here.

Image above by @photogroffee. Visit https://researchprojectkorea.wordpress.com/2015/07/31/celebrating-hollywoods-gender-studies-scholars/ for links to articles on the issue and other images.

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Dear Mr. Shetty and the International Board:

We write to you in regard to Amnesty International’s “Draft Policy on Sex Work”, which will be submitted for consideration at AI’s International Council Meeting in Dublin, 7-11 August 2015.

The International Committee on the Rights of Sex Workers in Europe (ICRSE) is a sex worker-led network representing 70 organisations led by or working with sex workers in Europe and Central Asia, as well as 150 individuals including sex workers, academics, trade unionists, human rights advocates, women’s rights activists, and LGBT rights activists. ICRSE, its members, and the signatories below are expressing their full support for Amnesty International’s “Draft Policy on Sex Work”. We commend the evidence-based draft policy that has been developed with careful consideration of the diversity of sex workers’ voices and experiences.

We are aware that Amnesty International will be pressured to back down from this position, but we urge you to show courage and tenacity and to adopt this policy. Sex workers worldwide are organising and advocating, often in very precarious and dangerous contexts, for the decriminalisation of sex work. Having Amnesty International take this position would make a significant contribution to promoting sex workers’ human rights and protecting them from discrimination and violence. A non-position by Amnesty International would be seen as an approval of the status quo and—in some national contexts—an implicit support for the criminalisation of paid consensual sex (namely through the criminalisation of clients), causing very grave consequences for the human rights of sex workers.

We, sex workers and those that support our struggle for human rights, know that any form of criminalisation (including criminalisation of clients) directly affects our livelihoods and working conditions. We urge Amnesty International to listen to sex workers and to support decriminalisation of consensual adult sex work.

We read with attention the letter addressed to Amnesty International by the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW). In the briefing note we included below, we would like to respond to some of their key arguments and highlight some of the gaps in the information that they provided.

We are urging Amnesty International to take into consideration the below arguments of the European sex worker movement, stay true to its values and vote in favour of decriminalisation of sex work. As long as sex work is criminalised—directly or indirectly through laws and practices targeting sex workers, clients, or third parties—sex workers will be at risk of police violence, arrests, rape, blackmail and deportations, and will be unable to report abuse committed by clients, third parties and members of the public.

By voting for this policy, Amnesty International will not side with exploiters and clients. On the contrary, Amnesty International will side with the universality of human rights and with sex workers, supporting us in our struggle to access justice and hold accountable those that abuse and attack us.

We hope that Amnesty International will listen to its own research, conducted over two years, to the growing evidence for decriminalisation and to the voices of all the current and former sex workers who are the most affected by laws criminalising sex work.

BRIEFING NOTE

 

Content:

a. On the Swedish Model and its implementation

b. On legalisation and decriminalisation

c. On male and trans sex workers

d. On migrant sex workers

 

a. On the Swedish Model and its implementation

First of all, there is no evidence that the Swedish model reduces the numbers of sex workers or victims of trafficking. The Swedish National Board for Health and Welfare notes:

It is also difficult to discern any clear trend of development: has the extent of prostitution increased or decreased. We cannot give any unambiguous answer to that question. At most, we can discern that street prostitution is slowly returning, after swiftly disappearing in the wake of the law against purchasing sexual services. But as said, that refers to street prostitution, which is the most obvious manifestation. With regard to increases and decreases in other areas of prostitution—the “hidden prostitution”—we are even less able to make any statements.

In their annual report on trafficking, the Swedish police noted that “in 2009 … there were about 90 Thai massage parlours in Stockholm and vicinity, most of which were judged to be offering sexual services for sale. At the turn of 2011/2012, the number of Thai massage parlours in the Stockholm area was estimated to be about 250 and throughout the country about 450”. This is a threefold increase in three years.

There is, however strong evidence that this model is detrimental to sex workers, as it pushes them underground, prevents them from reporting violence, and deprives them of the ability to work together for safety. In particular, we urge you to understand the “The Danger of Seeing the Swedish Model in a Vacuum” and how sex workers are still marginalised and made vulnerable in Sweden itself by the Swedish Model.

Furthermore, we are concerned that the letter provided by CATW purposefully ignores the actual effects of the implementation of the Swedish Model in other countries.

Norwegian governmental report stressed that “women in the street market report to have a weaker bargaining position and more safety concerns now than before the law (criminalising clients) was introduced. At the indoors market, prostitutes express concern for the ‘out-door’ calls”.

What Swedish Model advocates also conveniently and constantly forget to mention is that countries which have debated or considered the criminalisation of clients have not removed the criminalisation of sex workers themselves. Even worse, in such countries, the debate framed by politicians, some women’s rights and religious organisations, and the media about “abolishing prostitution” has led to a very significant increase in stigmatisation of sex workers and the associated development of policies and by-laws directly targeting sex workers.

For example, in Europe, Lithuania extended penalisation to clients, while retaining it for sex workers. In Northern Ireland, the criminalisation of clients was added to the other laws criminalising many aspects of sex work. In other parts of UK, each attempt to introduce the criminalisation of clients has been in addition to laws criminalising sex workers. In France, the three year legislative debate on the criminalisation of clients has actually delayed and possibly buried the removal of passive soliciting, a law which directly targets street based sex workers. Meanwhile, many French councils, emboldened by the debate on “abolishing prostitution”, have passed municipal by-laws banning sex workers from city centres and residential neighbourhoods, pushing them to the outskirts of the cities where they are more vulnerable to violence.

b. On legalisation and decriminalisation

We hope that directors of Amnesty International will have a clearer understanding than the authors and signatories of CATW’s letter regarding the differences between the legalisation and decriminalisation of sex work.

Sex workers globally—as well as the numerous institutions and international organisations including UNAIDS, WHO, and The Lancet, which have extensively researched the impact of criminalisation—advocate for the decriminalisation of sex work, referring to the system implemented in New Zealand in 2003.

We recognise the complex issues associated with legalisation. In Germany, sex work has been legal since 1927, not 2002 as stated in the CATW letter. What the new prostitution law of 2002 changed was to recognise contracts between clients and sex workers and introduce the right of sex workers to sue clients refusing to pay for their services. Thus, what is misleadingly called the “legalisation” of prostitution was actually the recognition of sex work as labour. Many issues in Germany are related to the non-implementation of the law in many federal states: in effect, many sex workers are criminalised in Germany through zoning laws. We reject the biased reporting made by CATW and object to the claims (unfounded and insulting to actual victims of torture) that “torture” is now available as a service in German licenced brothels.

Regarding estimates of the number of victims of trafficking, which is often wrongly conflated with the sex sector, the Federal Crime Office of Germanynoted: «The number of identified cases of human trafficking for sexual exploitation in Germany has been decreasing in the past years and in 2013 it has reached the lowest point since 2006». In the Netherlands, the Dutch National Rapporteur on Trafficking in Human Beings concluded “that it is not (yet) possible to give an answer to the question of the extent to which legalisation of prostitution leads to more human trafficking.”

c. On male and trans sex workers

Moreover, the CATW letter ignores that sex work is a multi-gendered phenomenon and that both male and trans sex workers in many countries face some of the most serious violence and human rights violations. Although the majority of sex workers are women, to deliberately ignore the large number ofmen and trans people working in the sex industry shows an incomplete and dangerous understanding of sex work. Violence and murders of trans sex workers in particular, often by the hands of or with the complicity of the authorities and police, are revoltingly high and the voices of trans sex workers should not be sidelined and ignored.

Between 2008 and 2014, 1,612 reported killings of gender-variant/trans people in 62 countries have been documented, including 90 in thirteen European countries. Of those whose profession was known, 65 per cent were sex workers. In our region, Turkey has seen 35 trans women, the majority sex workers, murdered in the last five years. Notably, any form of criminalisation significantly increases sex workers’ vulnerability to violence on the part of the police and other perpetrators. Ignoring the voices of trans sex workers is a form of social marginalisation and violence.

d. On migrant sex workers

As a last point, we would like to focus on some of the issues faced by migrant sex workers.

In many European countries migrants may constitute up to 75 per cent of sex workers. They may lack documentation and may be subjected to violence and labour exploitation. What CATW ignores in their letter is—again—that the so-called Swedish Model or partial criminalisation puts migrant sex workers under a constant threat of police repression, arrest or/and deportation, denying their right to access to justice and redress. This is particularly relevant at a time when the world is facing the highest crisis in numbers of displaced persons since World War II. Around 60 million people are forcibly displaced worldwide, and those that reach Europe face limited access to decent work and often have little or no access to benefits. Some of those seeking refuge and migrating to Europe choose selling sexual services out of very limited options to earn their living. Any argument made towards the criminalisation of sex work that ignores the working and living conditions of migrant sex workers is not only dangerous but plays into the hands of the increasingly racist and anti-migrant agendas of some state and non-state actors.

The call for the criminalisation of sex workers’ clients in the name of preventing and ending trafficking in human beings has been rejected by many anti-trafficking organisations that have learned through decades of working with trafficked persons that the criminalisation of sex work does not solve any of the problems they experience, nor does it prevent or stop human trafficking.These approaches have not been shown to protect sex workers, halt human trafficking, or dismantle criminal networks. They have rather led to violence and rights violations against sex workers and others. The stakes are simply too high here not to speak out and call for a different approach. Amnesty International must remain strong and focused on the human rights principles at issue. The decriminalisation of sex work and practices around it reduces the opportunities for exploitative labour practices in the sex sector.

ORGANISATIONS

  1. ICRSE – International Committee on the Rights of Sex Workers in Europe
  2. SWAN – Sex Workers’ Rights Advocacy Network in Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia
  3. Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women (GAATW) – International Secretariat, Bangkok, Thailand
  4. Global Fund for Women, USA
  5. La Strada International Secretariat, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  6. Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID), Global
  7. The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC), New York, USA
  8. International Community of Women Living with HIV (ICW), Global Office, Kenya
  9. Transgender Europe
  10. Genera, Associación en Defensa de los Derechos de las Mujeres, Barcelona, Spain
  11. Red Umbrella Sexual Health and Human Rights Organisation Ankara, Turkey
  12. Pembe Hayat/Pink Life LGBTT Solidarity Association, Ankara, Turkey
  13. Pink Life – Red Umbrella Sex Workers Initiative, Ankara, Turkey
  14. LGBTT Solidarity Association, Ankara, Turkey
  15. PROUD, Dutch Union for Sexworkers, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
  16. Carusel Association, Bucharest, Romania
  17. Sexworker.at, NGO for Germany, Austria and Switzerland
  18. voice4sexworkers, Germany
  19. Sex Worker Open University, UK
  20. English Collective of Prostitutes, UK
  21. SCOT-PEP (Scottish Prostitutes Education Project), UK
  22. AS – Center for the Empowerment Youth of People who are living with HIV and AIDS, Serbia
  23. Sex Work Polska, Coalition for the Rights of Sex Workers in Poland
  24. Odyseus, Slovakia
  25. Sage Community Health Collective, Chicago, IL, USA
  26. St James Infirmary, San Francisco, CA, USA
  27. STAR-STAR, the first sex worker collective in the Balkans, Macedonia
  28. Project SAFE, Philadelphia, PA, USA
  29. Sex Workers Outreach Project – Philadelphia, USA
  30. Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination – Guyana
  31. Rights4Change, Utrecht, The Netherlands
  32. Sex Work Association of Jamaica- SWAJ, Jamaica
  33. Friends 4 Life- Jamaica
  34. FIRST Decriminalize Sex Work, Canada
  35. PIECE Edmonton, Sex Workers Advocacy Group, Canada
  36. Desiree Alliance USA
  37. Sex Workers Outreach Project – Los Angeles, CA, USA
  38. Sex Workers Outreach Project Sacramento, CA, USA
  39. Respect Inc, Queensland, Australia
  40. Justicia Digna, New Mexico, USA
  41. Chicago Recovery Alliance, Chicago IL, USA
  42. Collective of Sex Workers and Supporters (COSWAS), Taiwan
  43. Empower Foundation Thailand
  44. ASPASIE, Genève, Switzerland
  45. Association of Hungarian Sex Workers, Hungary
  46. BOULEVARDS, Geneva, Switzerland
  47. Ban Ying Coordination and Counselling Center against Trafficking in Persons e.V., Berlin, Germany
  48. Kisauni Peer Educators, box 91109 Mombasa, Kenya
  49. Scottish Secular Society, UK
  50. Seksualpolitisk Forum / Forum for sexual politics, Copenhagen, Denmark
  51. Ragazza e.V., organisation for drug using sex workers, Hamburg, Germany
  52. Lady Mermaid’s Bureau, Kampala, Uganda
  53. Ragazza-Kontakt, outreach team for indoors-based sex workers, Hamburg, Germany
  54. HOPS-Healthy Options Project Skopje, Macedonia
  55. Union “Positive in the Rainbow” – Warsaw, Poland
  56. Hydra e.V., Advice and Support Centre for Prostitutes, Berlin, Germany
  57. Sex Workers Outreach Project – Tampa Bay, USA
  58. Gadejuristen // The Danish Street Lawyers, Copenhagen, Denmark
  59. Out Now, Massachusetts, USA
  60. Madonna e.V.,Bochum, Germany
  61. Midnight Blue, Hong Kong
  62. LEFÖ, Beratung, Bildung und Begleitung für Migrantinnen, Vienna/Austria
  63. Morel LGBTI formation, Eskişehir,USA
  64. Pivot Legal Society, Vancouver, Canada
  65. Davida – Prostituição, Direitos Civis, Saúde, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  66. Daspu, sex worker fashion label, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  67. Beijo da rua, sex worker journal, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  68. Red Light Rio project, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  69. International Women’s Health Coalition, USA
  70. Association Program STACJA, Warsaw, Poland
  71. BesD, Berufsverband für erotische und sexuelle Dienstleistungen e.V., Germany
  72. Comitato per i Diritti Civili delle Prostitute Onlus, Pordenone, Italy
  73. Humanitas Prostitution Welfare Work, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
  74. Hearts on a Wire, Philadelphia, PA, USA
  75. La coalition pour les droits des travailleuses et travailleurs du sexe (Montréal, QC), Canada
  76. Federation for Women and Family Planning, Poland
  77. Etnoblog Associazione Interculturale – Trieste, Italy
  78. Shenzhen Xiyan Communication Centre, China
  79. BAYSWAN (Bay Area Sex Worker Advocacy Network), San Francisco
  80. SisterLove, Inc. (Atlanta, Georgia, USA & Witibank, South Africa)
  81. Caribbean Vulnerable Communities Coalition (CVC), Kingston, Jamaica
  82. Double Positive Foundation, Suriname
  83. Guyana Sex Work Coalition
  84. PiA Information und Beratung für Sexarbeiterinnnen, Österreich
  85. Sex Worker’s Outreach Project New Mexico
  86. Сharitable organization «All-Ukrainian League «Legalife» ,Ukraine
  87. Sex Worker Outreach Project, Tucson AZ, USA
  88. Associazione Radicale Certi Diritti, Italy
  89. move e. V., Berlin/Germany
  90. BSD e. V., Berlin/Germany
  91. Realizing Sexual and Reproductive Justice Alliance (RESURJ)
  92. Balance Promocion para el Desarrollo y Juventud, Mexico
  93. SWAN, Supporting Women Alternative Network, Vancouver Society – Vancouver, BC Canada
  94. Sex Work Association of Jamaica
  95. Women With a Vision, New Orleans, USA
  96. Diverse Voices and Action for Equality, Fiji
  97. Transgender Resource Center, Hong Kong
  98. Anis – Instituto de Bioética, Direitos Humanos e Gênero, Brazil
  99. Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era (DAWN)
  100. Sex Workers Outreach Project – Las Vegas, NV, USA
  101. African Sex Workers Alliance (ASWA)
  102. Kenya Sex Workers Alliance(KESWA)
  103. MIT (Movimento Identità Transessuale) – Bologna – Italy
  104. Unzip the Lips Platform for HIV Key Affected Women and Girls (Asia Pacific)
  105. Ideadonna
  106. CATS Comite de Apoyo a las Trabajadoras del Sexo, SPAIN
  107. Social AIDS Commitee (SKA), Warsaw, Poland
  108. FIZ Fachstelle Frauenhandel und Frauenmigration, Zurich, Switzerland
  109. Prostitution Information Centre (PIC), Amsterdam, the Netherlands
  110. Arab Foundation for Freedoms and Equality, Beirut, Lebanon
  111. SIO Sex Workers Interest Organisation, Denmark
  112. Maria Magdalena, Project of the Health Department of¨the Canton St. Gallen, Switzerland
  113. Divergenti Festivl Internazionale di cinema trans, Bologna, Italy
  114. Colectivo Hetaira, Spain
  115. Basis-Projekt, Beratungsstelle für Sexarbeiter, Hamburg, German
  116. HIV Ireland, Dublin, Ireland
  117. Asociación de Profesionales del Sexo – Aprosex, Spain
  118. Betty&Books Associazione Culturale – Bologna (Italy)
  119. SOPHIE BildungsRaum für Prostituierte (Austria)
  120. Lilith e. V. (i. G.), sex worker peer education project in the course of formation, Bielefeld, Germany
  121. Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights (UAF)
  122. Aids Hilfe Bern, Switzerland
  123. Observatório da Prostituição – Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  124. COYOTE Los Angeles
  125. ISWFACE International Sex Worker Foundation for Art, Culture and Education
  126. Best Practices Policy Project, (USA)
  127. Fundación Triángulo. (España/Spain).
  128. COGAM Colectivo de Gays, Lesbianas, Transexuales y Bisexuales de Madrid (España/Spain)
  129. Sekswerk Nederland (NL)
  130. Animus Association Foundation, Sofia, Bulgaria
  131. International Public Association “Gender Perspectives”, Minsk, Belarus
  132. La Strada, Prague, Czech Republic,
  133. International Women’s Rights Centre “La Strada”, Chisinau, Moldova
  134. La Strada Foundation against Trafficking, Exploitation and Slavery, Warsaw, Poland
  135. Open Gate – Association for Action against Violence and Trafficking in Human Beings, Skopje, Macedonia
  136. International Women’s Rights Protection and Promotion Centre “La Strada”, Kyiv, Ukraine
  137. AIDS Alabama, Birmingham, Alabama, United States
  138. The Naked Truth, Canada
  139. Feministinen aloite – Feminist Initiative Finland, Feminist organization supporting sex workers’ rights, Finland
  140. Acceptess-T, France
  141. Health Global Access Project (Health GAP), USA
  142. CSD-Piraten Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany
  143. Associação Existências (Portugal)
  144. New Zealand Prostitutes’ Collective, Aotearoa/New Zealand
  145. New York Anti-Trafficking Network (NYATN), New York, USA
  146. Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF), New York, USA
  147. The Seltzer Firm, New York, PLLC, New York, USA
  148. Program on Global Health and Human Rights, University of Southern California
  149. Rights Reporter Foundation, Hungary
  150. Durbar Mahila Samanwaya Committee, the organisation of sex workers in West Bengal , India
  151. The International Union of Sex Workers, UK
  152. Amra Padatik, the foot soldiers, the organisation of the sex workers Children,Kolkata,West Bengal India
  153. Komal Gandhar, the cultural wing of DMSC ,Kolkata,West BENGAL India
  154. Migrant Rights Centre Ireland, Dublin Ireland
  155. PION – Norwegian sexworkers rights organization.
  156. Organisations: Asociación Pro Derechos Humanos de Andalucía (APDHA), Andalucía, Spain
  157. TERRE DES FEMMES Schweiz, Bern Switzerland
  158. Balaram Dey Street Anandam, LGBTKH organisation, Kolkata, West Bengal, India.
  159. USHA Multipurpose Cooperative Society,Ltd  a financial institute for the sex workers and run by the sex workers.Kolkata,West Bengal,India.
  160. Durbar DiSHA, Mohila Griha Sramik Samanwaya Committe, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
  161. Transgender Network Switzerland, Zurich, Switzerland
  162. Associazione Enzo Tortora Radicali Milano
  163. Rechtskomitee LAMBDA (RKL) (Austria)
  164. Austrian Society for Sexologies – ÖGS (Austria)
  165. Swiss Rainbow Families Association, Zurich, Switzerland
  166. PortoG, APDES, Portugal
  167. Sex Workers Alliance Ireland (SWAI), Ireland
  168. National Forum for Democracy and Development, Kathmandu Nepal
  169. Loom-Nepal, Kathmandu Nepal
  170. Migrant Sex Worker Project,  Canada
  171. Butterfly: Asian and Migrant Sex Workers Network, Canada
  172. Association Fleur de Pavé, Lausanne, Switzerland
  173. Winnipeg Working Group for Sex Workers’ Rights, Canada
  174. Drodrolagi Movement, Fiji
  175. Asociación de Trabajadoras Sexuales MUJERES DEL SUR – PERÚ
  176. Power Inside, Baltimore, Maryland, (United States)
  177. Tamaulipas Diversidad VIHDA Trans A.C., Mexico
  178. National Center for Transgender Equality, USA
  179. Associazione Non si Tratta, Bologna, Italy
  180. Peers Victoria Resources Society, Victoria, BC, Canada
  181. Stichting Ultimate Purpose, Suriname
  182. Calala Fondo de Mujeres, Spain
  183. Project “Social work for Male Sex Workers”, Austria
  184. bufas e.V., Bündnis der Fachberatungsstellen für Sexarbeiterinnen und Sexarbeiter, Berlin, Deutschland
  185. Sex Worker Education and Advocacy Taskforce (South Africa)
  186. Sisonke – The National Sex Worker Movement of South Africa
  187. Asia Pacific Masters Alumni for Human Rights and Democratisation (APMA)
  188. Prostitutas Indignadas, Colectivo de Mujeres Trabajadoras de Sexo, Spain
  189. Feminist Ire, Ireland
  190. Dortmunder Mitternachtsmission e.V. , Germany
  191. GAT – Grupo de Ativistas em Tratamentos, Portugal
  192. Collectif des Femmes de Strasbourg Saint Denis sexworkers,Paris, France
  193. STRASS (Syndicat du Travail Sexuel), France
  194. Scarlett Umbrella Southern Art Alliance/ GA Coyote chapter.  Atlanta & Athens GA. USA
  195. PACE Society, Vancouver, Canada
  196. ACT UP NY –  AIDS  Coalition to Unleash  Power – USA
  197. Grupo Transexual Portugal – Portugal
  198. Urban Realists  (sex work) health, safety and planning consultants, Sydney, Australia
  199. PONY, USA
  200. Gayten-LGBT, Serbia
  201. TAMPEP International Foundation
  202. Cabiria, communtiy-health organisation for sex workers, Lyon, France
  203. Life Quality Improvement Organisation Flight, Croatia
  204. TARSHI, New Delhi, India
  205. Maggie’s  Toronto Sex Workers Action Project, Canada
  206. Network for the Elimination of Police Violence, Toronto, Canada
  207. Sex work Projects Programme, Aids Fonds, the Netherlands
  208. Political Critique Ukraine, web-magazine, Kyiv, Ukraine
  209. Young Conservatives, Unge Høyre, Norway
  210. MAP Foundation, Chiang Mai, Thailand
  211. Sex Workers Project at the Urban Justice Center, USA
  212. Sex Workers Outreach Project – NYC Chapter, USA
  213. Sex Workers Action New York (SWANK), USA
  214. Enhedslistens queerudvalg // Queer feminist working group of the Danish Red-Green Alliance
  215. Le Graziose- sex worker colletive  Genoa-Italy
  216. XENIA, Fachstelle Sexarbeit, Bern, Switzerland
  217. Ca Revolta. Associació sociocultural. València-País Valencià-Spain

INDIVIDUALS

  1. Dr Teela Sanders, Reader in Sociology, University of Leeds (UK)
  2. Katie de Long, author, former sex worker- US
  3. Alessandra Voutsinas, social worker, Palermo, Italy
  4. Sonia Corrêa, research associate at ABIA, co -chair of Sexuality Policy Watch, Brazil
  5. Paul J. McConnochie – Producer / Director / Animator – Vortex42Studios, Scotland, Denmark, Germany
  6. Professor Jane Scoular, Law School, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow UK
  7. Tanya Serisier, Lecturer in Criminology, Queen’s University Belfast, UK
  8. Eurydice Aroney, Senior Lecturer in Journalism, University of Technology, Sydney, (Aus)
  9. Caoimhe Mader McGuinness, PhD candidate at Queen Mary University of London (UK)
  10. Luca Stevenson, sex worker, coordinator ICRSE, UK
  11. Veronica Munk, coordinator TAMPEP-Germany
  12. Dr Alison Phipps, Director of Gender Studies, Sussex University (UK)
  13. Ali Can Kalan, MA East European Studies, IR Coordinator at Pink Life
  14. Stewart Cunningham, PhD candidate, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK
  15. Eva Klambauer, PhD candidate at King’s College London  (UK)
  16. Dr. Lucy Neville, Senior Lecturer in Criminology, Middlesex University (UK)
  17. Professor Phil HUbbard, University of Kent (UK)
  18. Laura Connelly, PhD Student, University of Leeds (UK)
  19. Dr. Billie Lister, Senior Lecturer in Criminology, Leeds Beckett University (UK)
  20. Alex Feis-Bryce, National Ugly Mugs
  21. Francisca Funk, Sexworker , Germany Frankfurt
  22. Dr P.G. Macioti, Hydra e.V., Berlin, Germany
  23. Mark McCormack, Co-Director, Centre for Sex, Gender and Sexualities, Durham University (UK)
  24. Irina Maslova- – Chair Coordination Committee on prevention and fight against HIV/AIDS
  25. in the Russian Federation and Leader Silver Rose
  26. Laetitia, Harm reduction and sexual health educator (Portugal)
  27. Dr Jane Pitcher, Loughborough University, UK
  28. Silke Suck, sysadmin, ex sexworker, Germany
  29. Dan Gallin, Global Labour Institute, Geneva, Switzerland
  30. Filipa Alvim, Anthropologist, Lisbon, Portugal
  31. Cameron Watt, student and community activist, Napier University, UK
  32. Simona & Ramona, performance art duo, Bucharest, Romania
  33. Dr Anne Mulhall, Director, Centre for Gender, Culture & Identities, University College Dublin
  34. Sonja Dolinsek, PhD candidate, University Erfurt (Germany)
  35. Kolja Sulimma, Engineer, Frankfurt (Germany)
  36. Dr Kate Hardy, Lecturer in Work and Employment Relations, University of Leeds (UK)
  37. Margaret Corvid, sex worker and writer (UK)
  38. Dr Agata Dziuban,Faculty Member, Jagiellonian University, Krakow (Poland)
  39. Roxana V, sex worker (Romania/Hungary)
  40. Dr Heidi Hoefinger, Gender/ Sexuality Studies, Institute of South East Asian Affairs, (Thailand)
  41. Magne Pihl, Socialworker, Copenhagen, Denmark
  42. Sarah Jenny Bleviss, M.P.S., co-founder and organizer, Sex Workers Outreach Project – New York City (SWOP-NYC), member, U.S. Women and PReP Working Group and U.S. Center for Sex Work Research and Policy (USA)
  43. Derek J. Demeri, South Jersey Regional Director, New Jersey Red Umbrella Alliance
  44. Janet Duran, North Jersey Regional Director, New Jersey Red Umbrella Alliance
  45. Amber Dawn, former sex worker, educator and author, Vancouver, Canada
  46. Ekaterina, sex-worker, Russia, Spain, France, Norway, Sweden, Belgium, Finland, Italy
  47. Jury Kalikov, The Head of AIDS Information & Support Centre, Tallinn, Estonia
  48. Stefanie Lohaus, Journalist, Missy Magazine, Germany
  49. Alex Cooper, MA Critical Gender Studies, USA
  50. Dafna Rachok, co-editor, Political Critique Ukraine, Kyiv, Ukraine
  51. Rachel Carlisle, Sex Worker, Volunteer Member SWOP Denver
  52. Toni Mac, sex worker, activist with SWOU, London, UK
  53. Remi Soileau, Sex Worker, New Orleans, USA
  54. Sabrina Chap – Writer, Musician and Mental Health Activist
  55. Minerva Valenzuela. Former sex worker, Cabaret artist. Mexico.
  56. Professor Paul Braterman, MA, DPhil., DSc
  57. Helga Pregesbauer, Writer,Vienna
  58. Emy Fem-Sexworker, performer and Sexworkactivist-berlin, germany
  59. Marlon Taylor, President Sex Work Association of Jamaica
  60. Emily Kissner, MAT, Former Volunteer, Veronica’s Voice, Kansas City, KS,USA
  61. Katherine Koster, Director of Communications – Sex Workers Outreach Project – USA
  62. Shira Hassan, MSW, former sex worker and past Executive Director of Young Women’s Empowerment Project, Chicago, IL
  63. Daniela Danna, researcher at the University of Milan, Italy
  64. Tanuja Jagernauth, former Board Member and adult ally with Young Women’s Empowerment Project
  65. Cyd Nova, Programs Director at St James Infirmary, San Francisco, CA sex worker and transgender activist, USA
  66. Ronald Weitzer, Professor of Sociology, George Washington University, USA — research on sex work in the USA and internationally, expert testimony, author of two books and many scholarly journal articles on prostitution, pornography, and human trafficking
  67. Seth Holmes, PhD, MD, Martin Sisters Endowed Chair Assistant Professor, University of California Berkeley, USA
  68. Alice Calin, writer, Romania
  69. Brigitte Obrist, Ex-Seworker, Switzerland
  70. Sharon Oselin, PhD, Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of California, Riverside
  71. Lindsay Roth, MSW, Sex Worker, Board Chair of Sex Workers Outreach Project -USA
  72. Borche Bozhinov, male sex worker, Macedonia
  73. Ntokozo Yingwana, sex worker rights scholar-activist, Global Network of Sex Work Projects (NSWP) Africa Correspondent (South Africa)
  74. Jenny Webber GMB member, Ruskin College
  75. Marjan Wijers, MA, LL.Mresearcher, consultant and trainer human rights and human trafficking, former president of the European Experts Group on trafficking in human beings, established by the European Commission, Utrecht, The Netherlands
  76. Alicja Palecka, sociologist, Warsaw, Poland
  77. Jody Paterson, communications strategist and former executive director of Peers Victoria, Victoria, B.C., Canada
  78. Charna Albert, BA University of Chicago, Public Health Researcher
  79. Ralston Beckford
  80. Blake Nemec, Former Sex Worker, Chicago, Illinois
  81. Giulia Garofalo Geymonat, PhD, Researcher, University of Lund, Sweden
  82. Kerry Porth, former Sex Worker, Independent Researcher, Chair, Pivot Legal Society, Vancouver, Canada
  83. Meg Munoz, Former Sex Worker and Domestic Sex Trafficking Survivor, Founder of Abeni (CA)
  84. Anna Marya Smith, journalist, performing artist, sex worker, Triple X society co-director, Vancouver B.C.
  85. Laura Dilley, Executive Director PACE Society, Vancouver, Canada.
  86. Daniel Rodriguez, Director SWOP Los Angeles, Community Organizer HOOK Online, current sex worker
  87. Dr Calum Bennachie, Programme and Operations Co-ordinator, New Zealand Prostitutes Collective
  88. Manta Alexandra, PhD student, CEU
  89. Dr. Paul J. Maginn, Programme Co-ordinator (Urban/Regional Planning), University of Western Australia.
  90. Tara Birl , Former Board Chair, Sex Workers Outreach Project
  91. Carol Leigh, Sex Worker Rights Activist
  92. Erica Magenta, sex worker and youth-focused peer educator at Respect Inc, Queensland, Australia
  93. Nandita Sharma, Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, Hawaii
  94. Michelle Aldrich, retired meeting planner, Original Coyote Member, San Francisco, CA
  95. Carolina M. Ramos, Esq, Human Rights Attorney
  96. Lissa M. Knudsen, MPH, New Mexico Health Policy Advocate
  97. Pardis Mahdavi, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Pomona College, Los Angeles, California
  98. Adrien Lawyer, Co-Director, Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico
  99. Erica Elena Berman, current sex worker, director of SF Bay Area Sex Worker Film and Art Festival, and founder and director of Whore’s Bath, a sex worker only healing arts project.
  100. Dan Bigg, Director, Chicago Recovery Alliance, Chicago IL, USA.
  101. Dr. Maria Wersig, Hannover University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Germany
  102. Liz Hilton Empower Thailand
  103. Marianne Schweizer, coordinatrice ASPASIE, Switzerland
  104. Almuth Waldenberger, sex work historian and anthropologist, Vienna
  105. Justyna Struzik, sociologist, Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland
  106. Dennis van Wanrooij, programme associate, Red Umbrella Fund (NL)
  107. Shane Anthony Petzer C.S.A.W (SA), M.D.O. Ashoka Fellow, MA Student
  108. Sylvie Mathys, lawyer, Présidente Association Boulevards, Geneva, Switzerland
  109. Sarah Kingston, Lecturer in Criminology, The University of Lancaster & Sex Worker Support Volunteer Streetlink Preston, UK
  110. Mistress Geneva active worker and volunteer support for Aspasie Geneva Switzerland
  111. Holger Fehmel,lawyer,Germany
  112. Olivia Benyoussef, programme officer, prévention et formations, Groupe sida Genève, Switzerland
  113. Ruxandra Costescu, researcher, non-academic feminist, Bucharest, Romania
  114. Petra Timmermans, (ex)sex worker, activist, lecturer on sex work policies in the Netherlands, member of SWexpertise, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  115. Wuddri Rim, Aids Hilfe Bern
  116. Borislav Gerasimov, Communications officer, La Strada International and Global Alliance against Traffic in Women, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  117. Anna Ratecka, Faculty Member, Jagiellonian University, Krakow (Poland)
  118. Neil Howard, Marie Curie Fellow, European University Institute
  119. Sandro Cattacin, professor, Institute for sociological research, University of Geneva
  120. Sherry HUI, activist, Executive Officer, JJJ Association(HK).
  121. Gudrun Greb, coordinator of ragazza e.V. Hamburg, Germany
  122. Christian Groes-Green, Anthropologist, Associate Professor, Roskilde University, Denmark
  123. Jo Vearey, Associate Professor, University of the WItwatersrand, South Africa
  124. Pippa Grenfell, Research Fellow, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK
  125. Paula Riedemann, Project Coordinator, Ban Ying Coordination and Counselling Center against Trafficking in Persons, Berlin, Germany
  126. Jenny Coetzee, Co-Head of Prevention in Key Populations, Perinatal HIV Research Unit, Soweto, South Africa and Medical Research Council of South Africa National Health Scholarship PhD Candidate.
  127. Theodora Becker, PhD Student and Sex Worker, Berlin Germany
  128. Amalia Jurj, social work student, Romania
  129. Dr. Katherine Allison, Politics, University of Glasgow, UK
  130. Nicola Mai, Professor of Sociology and Migration Studies, London Metropolitan University, UK
  131. Ine Vanwesenbeeck, Professor of Sexual Development, Diversity and Health, Utrecht University; and Senior Advisor at Rutgers, Knowledge Centre for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, Utrecht, the Netherlands
  132. Kohoutek, private
  133. Dr Richard de Visser, University of Sussex , UK
  134. Laura Oso, Professor of Sociology, Universidade da Coruña, Spain
  135. Noëmi Landolt, Journalist, Zurich Switzerland
  136. Onkokame Mosweu, Male Sex Worker, BA (Hons) Law and Research, Botswana, Africa
  137. Steen Schapiro, filmmaker, spokesperson for Seksualpolitisk Forum / Forum for sexual politics, Denmark
  138. Eini Carina, screenwriter and feminist activist, Denmark
  139. Sylvie Mathys, attorney, President of Boulevards, an association aiming to defend and promote the rights of street sex workers , Geneva, Switzerland
  140. Daniel Seiler, President European Lesbian and Gay Manager Association
  141. Sharlene Kessna-Duncan, Nurse/Project Coordinator.Parish HIV/AIDS Association. Jamaica,working with sex workers
  142. Nadia van der Linde, Coordinator, Red Umbrella Fund, the Netherlands
  143. Linda Kristiansen, Selfemployed, member of Seksualpolitisk Forum / Forum for sexual politics, Denmark
  144. Ashit BK, President, Young Professional Development Society Nepal (YPDSN), PO Box 19243, Kathmandu, Nepal.
  145. Dr Tuppy Owens (Sex Therapist)  of the TLC Trust where Disabled Men and Women find Responsible Sexual Services
  146. Marie Bruvik Heinskou, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Copenhagen; Denmark
  147. Ursula Probst, Anthropologist, Berlin, Germany
  148. Erman Dolmacı, Queer Cyprus Activist, Cyprus
  149. Ida Lobba-Schönfeldt, Streetworker, Hamburg, Germany
  150. Lina María Pinzón Ruiz, Fitnesstrainer, Hamburg, Germany
  151. Gladys Adriana Becerra, Lawyer and Independent Researcher,  MA in Critical Gender Studies, Colombia
  152. Gosia Stachowiak, outreach worker, Hamburg, Germany
  153. Valentina Duelli, Student
  154. Derya Buket, Istanbul, Graphic Designer
  155. Dr. Melinda Chateauvert, University of Pennsylvania, author, Sex Workers Unite! A History of the movement from Stonewall to SlutWalk
  156. Alexandre Teixeira, Psychologist and PhD Researcher Porto University (Portugal).
  157. Dr Sharron A. FitzGerald, Academic, Munich, Germany
  158. Fabienne Freymadl, Sexarbeiterin, Politische Sprecherin, Berufsverband für erotische und sexuelle Dienstleistungen e.V., Berlin, Germany
  159. Martine Collumbien, Senior Lecturer in Sexual Health Research, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK
  160. Mark Gordon, Secular Activist, Switzerland
  161. Nanna W. Gotfredsen, director, Gadejuristen // The Danish Street Lawyers, Copenhagen, Denmark
  162. Giovanna Gilges, MA Gender Studies, Germany
  163. Dr. Jill McCracken, University of South Florida St. Petersburg; SWOP-Tampa Bay, USA
  164. Yiğit AYDIN, sex worker, activist, Glasgow-SCOTLAND
  165. Ewelina Ciaputa, sociologist, Kraków, Poland
  166. Anne Wizorek, Consultant, Author, Feminist activist, Berlin, Germany
  167. Dorothee Schmidt, Historikerin, Germany
  168. Holly Richardson, Massachusetts, USA
  169. Dr Zuzanna Dziuban, research fellow, Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies, Austria
  170. Anna Forbes, MSS, Maryland, USA
  171. Lizzie Seal, Senior Lecturer in Criminology, University of Sussex
  172. Emre Busse, Curator & Director, Berlin, Germany
  173. Bo Jensen, M.Sc. and scholar in the history of prostitution, Denmark
  174. Tamara O’Doherty, PhD Candidate, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, BC, Canada
  175. Semih Togay, student, istanbul- TURKEY
  176. Fabio Casagrande,M.A. Social Work , Lecture,  Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, Fakulty of Business & Social Sciences, Department Social Work, Germany
  177. CARRÉ Jean-Michel, film director
  178. Ferhat YILDIZ, LGBTI Rights activist, sex worker, ISTANBUL, TURKEY
  179. Elisa Ludwig, Project Manager, LEFÖ-IBF (Intervention Center for Trafficked Women), Vienna Austria
  180. Eylül Yıldız, trans* sex worker, Eskişehir-TURKEY
  181. Dilara Akarcesme, student, editor at HOSI Salzburg (Homosexual Initiative), Salzburg, Austria
  182. AV Flox, writer, California, United States
  183. Njáll Hvalreki, writer, former programmer for Sexworker CC-debit systems, Germany.
  184. Megan Grime, researcher, Decision Science, Strathclyde University, Scotland.
  185. Gregory Mitchell, PhD Assistant Professor of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies,
  186. Williams College, Williamstown, MA, USA
  187. Julie Ruvolo, Editor, Red Light Rio project, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  188. Kerwin Kaye, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Wesleyan University, Middletown , CT, USA
  189. Katrina Pacey, Executive Director, Pivot Legal Society
  190. Ellen Berger, alternative Körperwahrnehmung,Seminare, Deutschland
  191. Katharina Beclin, Assistant Professor for Criminology, University of Vienna
  192. Lorena Jaume-Palasí, Political Philosophy, Ludwig-Maximilians University, Munich, Germany
  193. Carla Corso  sex worker and  writer, President Comitato per i Diritti Civili delle Prostitute Pordenone, Italy
  194. Pia Covre sex worker founder of Comitato per i diritti Civili Delle Prostitute, Pordenone, Italy
  195. Dr. Emily van der Meulen, Associate Professor, Department of Criminology, Ryerson University, Canada
  196. Dr. Robert Heynen, Assistant Professor, Department of Communication Studies, York University, Canada
  197. Mag. Julischka Stengele, former sex worker, artist, activist and writer, Vienna, Austria
  198. Flavio Lenz Cesar, journalist, Davida, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  199. Friederike Strack, sociologist, Hydra and Davida, Berlin, Germany
  200. Dr Zuzanna Dziuban, research fellow, Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies, Austria
  201. Dr. Svati P. Shah, Associate Professor, Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  202. Petra Östergren, PhD student, Social Anthropology, Lund University, Sweden
  203. Nicole D. McFadyen, PhD(c), Social Anthropology, York University, Canada
  204. Daniel Seiler, Director, Swiss Aids Federation, Switzerland
  205. Ralf Neugebauer, Jurist, Cologne, Germany
  206. Ray Lam, Male Sex Worker, China
  207. Liliane Maury Pasquier, MP; Switzer
  208. Carla Sabrina Marenco, Venice, Italy
  209. Kay Garnellen, sexworker Berlin
  210. Camelia Badea, anthropologist, Romania
  211. Alexandra Oliveira, Professor at University of Porto (Portugal)
  212. Fiona Gilbertson,
  213. Kristen DiAngelo, Executive Director Sex Workers Outreach Project, Sacramento, CA, USA
  214. Christine Nagl, Österreich
  215. Rainer Pommrich, teacher, Germany
  216. Andray Patterson- Volunteer- Guyana Sex Work Coalition.
  217. Jordan Flaherty, Television Producer, TeleSUR English News Network
  218. Simon Kowalewski, speaker for equalisation, Pirate faction, Berlin Parliament
  219. Laura Lee, Sex worker and sex workers’ rights advocate, Sex Workers Alliance Ireland
  220. Cracey Fernandes- Co- Chairman Guyana Sex WOrk Coalition
  221. Patrick Lalor – Human Rights Advocate and Sex Work Projects Supporter.
  222. Olena Tsukerman (former sex worker, Ukraine)
  223. Raven Bowen, MA (crim)-Program Manager SPACES Project, University of British Columbia, Canada
  224. Annalee Lepp, University of Victoria and GAATW Canada
  225. Molly Merryman, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Sociology and Coordinator of LGBT Studies, Kent State University, United States
  226. Stephanie Klee, sexworker, Berlin/Germany
  227. Jasna Lisha Strick, author, feminist activist, Berlin, Germany
  228. Matteo Torcinovich,  Venice, Italy
  229. JM Kirby, Human Rights Advocate, New York, USA
  230. Jennifer Tyburczy, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Feminist Studies and Director of LGBTQ Minor,, University of California, Santa Barbara, United States
  231. Karen Gardiner, Former sex worker, Sex Workers Outreach Project New York
  232. Daniel Hellmann, artist & sex worker, Berlin, Germany
  233. Quentin Barthassat, student social science, Lausanne, Suisse
  234. Isabelle Johansson, PhD-candidate, Lund University, Sweden
  235. Rev. Elder Pat Bumgardner, Global Justice Institute and Metropolitan Community Churches
  236. Lena Morgenroth, sex worker, Berlin, Germany
  237. Helga Amesberger, social scientist, Institute of Conflict Research, Vienna
  238. Jan Glogau, student, Potsdam, Germany
  239. Dr. Mithu M. Sanyal, author and broadcaster, Germany
  240. Charlotte Jahnz, student, Germany
  241. Roos Schippers, sex worker, member of SWexpertise, Netherlands
  242. Andrea Knabe-Schönemann, certified business manager, Berlin
  243. Sven Gramstadt, PhD candidate, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Berlin, Germany
  244. Lene tymoshenko, former sexworker Berlin germany
  245. Paula Marija Balov, student, feminist activist, Berlin, Germany
  246. Raik Lorenz, student, Leipzig, Germany
  247. Melissa Gira Grant, journalist and author, former sex worker, New York, United States
  248. Eve Rickert, author and entrepreneur, Canada
  249. Franklin Veaux, author, United States
  250. May-Len Skilbrei, Professor Department of Criminology and Sociology of Law, University of Oslo, Norway
  251. Boughalem Faterha Suisse
  252. Rhett Epler, M.A. University of Wyoming
  253. Gus Grannan, harm reductionist and member of SWOP-Philadelphia, USA
  254. Hans Christian Voigt, sociologist, human rights activist in Vienna, Austria
  255. John Michael Lopez, social activist, Germany/USA
  256. Kristy Choi, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Fellow, Berlin, Germany
  257. A.D. Burns, author, RWA, RRWA,Missouri, United States
  258. J. C. Maia, author, therapist, Ponta Delgada, Portugal
  259. Jean Mabbs, proofreader and editor, UK
  260. Cassandra Damm, LCSW, Chicago, IL
  261. Arthur Paris, Chicago, IL
  262. Kelli Dorsey. former Executive Director of Different Avenues, Washington, DC, USA
  263. Jane Deaux, Sex Workers Outreach Project, New Orleans Chapter
  264. Louise LO, Female Sex Workers Outreach Officer, JJJ Association, HK
  265. Cynthia Rothschild, Independent activist and former AIUSA Board Member, New York, USA
  266. SWexpertise 21.NL, Dutch Platform for the Improvement of the Position of Sex Workers, The Hague, The Netherlands.
  267. SHOP, The Hague, The Netherlands
  268. M.A. Scali, Manager of SHOP The Hague, The Netherlands
  269. Kristina Mahnicheva, the member of Tais Plus, strong ally, Kyrgyzstan
  270. Dr Matthew Weait, Professor of Law and Policy, former member, Technical Advisory Group, Global  Commission on HIV and the Law, London, United Kingdom.
  271. Christian Klein, liberal politician, Luxembourg
  272. Johanna Weber, Germany, Berlin – Sexworker and politcal spokeswomen of German Sexworker Organisation BesD
  273. Dr. Fuensanta Gual, sex workers support committee, CATS Spain
  274. Giuliana Gilges-Richards, text trainee, Germany, Düsseldorf
  275. Jennifer J. Reed, Sociology Ph.D. Candidate, University of Nevada-Las Vegas, USA
  276. Dr. LUK Kit-ling, Lecturer, Hong Kong Community College, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University – teaching gender and sexuality subjects and working on research on sexuality education
  277. Frankie Mullin, journalist, London, UK
  278. J. Lange, Germany
  279. Marta Zoppetti, Venice, Italy
  280. Emiliano Cibin, graphic designer, Venice, Italy
  281. Julia Stempel, tantric bodywork, Cologne Germany
  282. Aya de Leon, novelist, lecturer African American Studies Dept. UC Berkeley, California, USA
  283. Kendy Yim, Hong Kong
  284. Daughtie Ogutu-African Sex Workers Alliance- Regional Coordinator -Africa
  285. Anna Bongiovanni- Minneapolis MN United States
  286. Melanie Schwarz, Sexworker,  Bielefeld, Germany
  287. Phelister Abdalla – Kenya Sex Workers Alliance (KESWA)
  288. Gábor Szegedi – Research Fellow, Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies, Vienna
  289. Franco Boldini operatore sociale – Modena – Italia
  290. Birgit Sauer, Professor of Political Science, University of Vienna
  291. Cristiano Berti,  artist, Jesi, Italy
  292. Pieke Biermann, former sex worker, writer
  293. Christa Ammann, Social Worker, Member of the legislative council of Berne, Switzerland
  294. Soraya Simoes, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ)
  295. Observatório da Prostituição – Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro
  296. Casper Hunnerup Dahl, part-time lecturer, University of Copenhagen, Ph.D.
  297. Hazwany binti Jamaluddin, statistician, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  298. Mariska Majoor, (ex) sex worker, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
  299. Tamara Vukasovic, ASTRA – ANti Trafficking ACtion Serbia
  300. Marija Andjelkovic, ASTRA Anti Trafficking ACtion Serbia
  301. Ivana Radovic, ASTRA Anti Trafficking ACtion, Serbia
  302. Cynthia El Khoury, MPH, Lebanon
  303. Philipp Oelwein, IT Consultant, Hamburg
  304. Elouise Abandon, Sexworker, Stuttgart, Deutschland
  305. Chiara Bertone, Associate Professor in Sociology of Culture, Univ. Eastern Piedmont, Italy
  306. Jad Adams, Historian, UK
  307. Antonella Ciccarelli, operatrice sociale, MIT (Movimento Identità Transessuale), Bologna, Italy
  308. Francisco Majuelos Martínez, Antropólogo, Universidad de Almería, España.
  309. Stefan Lucke, M.A., PhD Student of Human Sexuality, San Francisco, USA
  310. Alexander Hofmann (Germany)
  311. Veronika-Maria Schmid, accountant, Munich, Germany
  312. Nadine Schreiterer , Sozialpädagogin, München
  313. Sabine Skutella, social worker, Munich, Germany
  314. Erin Sanders-McDonagh, Senior Lecturer in Sociology, Middlesex University, London, UK
  315. Tomer Barnea, PhD candidate at the Université de Genève, Switzerland
  316. Maria Michalski, Social Worker Munich, Germany
  317. Andrés Sarabia, PhD, Central European University, Hungary
  318. Marlon Lacsamana, Filipino Migrant Rights Advocate, The Hague, Kingdom of the Netherlands
  319. Mario Di Martino – Divergenti Festival internazionale di cinema trans – Bologna, Italy
  320. Marija Jozic, social worker, St. Gallen, Switzerland
  321. Niilas Helander, Artist, Berlin
  322. Cecilie Lolk Hjort, former sex worker, writer, Copenhagen, Denmark
  323. Iadrina, social worker, Frankfurt(Oder)/Berlin, Germany
  324. Christiane Perregaux, Université de Genève (Switzerland)
  325. Loris Fuschillo, Vicenza
  326. Artiom Zavadovschi, LGBT activist, Republic of Moldova
  327. Claire Hayward, PhD Student, London
  328. Agnès Boulmer, Everybody’s Perfect Film Festival, Geneva, Switzerland
  329. Jelena Seidel former sex worker, Copenhagen Denmark.
  330. Nicolás Acosta, PhD Student, Cultural Anthropology. Oulu, Finland
  331. Porpora Marcasciano, ex sex worker and President of M.I.T. Movimento Identità Transessuale, Bologna, Italy
  332. Sara Manfredi, Bologna, Italy
  333. Rayna Dimitrova, coordinator of outreach work, Bulgaria
  334. Boysan Yakar, LGBTI Rights Advocate, Mayoral Advisor – District Municipality of Şişli, Istanbul, Turkey
  335. Kendy Yim, Hong Kong
  336. Thierry Moosbrugger, roman-catholic theologue, basel, Switzerland
  337. Sara Thapa Magar,Young Key affected Population (YKAP Nepal)-Program Coordinator
  338. Nicole Sanner, Sexworkerin, Düsseldorf-Germany
  339. Dr. Sumeeta Hasenbichler, Frau und Arbeit, Salzburg, Austria
  340. Ali Channon, Programme Officer in GBV and Sexual Diversity Rights, Johannesburg, South Africa
  341. Easthertrans, sexworker, the Netherlands
  342. Annie Tidbury, former Women’s Officer at University College London Union, UK
  343. Rita Alcaire, PhD Researcher in Human Rights and member of the Portuguese Network on Sex Work
  344. Michaela Engelmaier, Soziologin, Beratungsstelle f. Sexarbeiterinnen, Graz Austria
  345. Salome Kokoladze, Philosophy MA, Central European University, Batumi, Georgia/Budapest, Hungary.
  346. Chi Adanna Mgbako, Clinical Professor of Law and Director of the Walter Leitner International Human Rights Clinic, Fordham University School of Law School, New York. Author, To Live Freely in This World: Sex Worker Activism in Africa (NYU Press)
  347. Maaike van Groenestyn, SHOP/Spot 46, The Hague, The Netherlands
  348. Denise Tomasini-Joshi, attorney working in philantropy, New York
  349. Professor Ulrike Lembke, Law Faculty, University of Hamburg, Germany
  350. Sarah Oughton, citizen journalist, UK
  351. Joel Quirk, Associate Professor, University of the Witwatersrand
  352. Golde Carlsson, co-foundress Berufsverband erotische und sexuelle Dienstleistungen e. V., executive chairwoman at Lilith e. V. (i. G.), sex worker peer education project in the course of formation, Bielefeld, Germany
  353. Christiane Howe, researcher, Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany
  354. Mark Pendleton, Lecturer, School of East Asian Studies, The University of Sheffield
  355. Mareen Heying, historian, Ruhr-University Bochum/Università di Padova
  356. Anne Dölemeyer, researcher,Leipzig University, Germany
  357. Ghiwa Sayegh, Editor in Chief of Kohl: a Journal for Body and Gender Research, Lebanon
  358. Anne Burgmer, roman-catholic theologian, switzerland
  359. Weronika Justyńska, LGBTQ activist [NGO: Factory of Equality], Łódź, Poland
  360. Arianne Shahvisi, Lecturer in Ethics and Medical Humanities, Brighton and Sussex Medical School
  361. Irina Krause, social worker, Erfurt, Germany
  362. Kiesia Carmine, sex worker, Berlin / New Zealand
  363. Irina Stiop, Beratungsstelle f. Sexarbeiterinnen,Graz, Austria
  364. Natascha Wey, Switzerland
  365. Helga Bilitewski, Aktivistin, Berlin, Germany
  366. Astrid Gabb, Social Worker, Germany
  367. Amy, former sex worker, Scotland
  368. Anastacia Ryan, PhD researcher, University of Glasgow, UK
  369. Jan Lis, researcher, Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, Germany
  370. Estelle Pralong, Genève, Suisse
  371. Laurens Buijs, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
  372. deema kaedbey, PhD in gender and sexuality studies, Kohl: Journal for Body and Gender Research, Lebanon
  373. Zohra Moosa, The Netherlands
  374. Béatrice Aebersold, Bern, Switzerland
  375. Y. Spada, transgender rights activist, Berlin, Germany
  376. Arikia Millikan, Founder and EIC of LadyBits, Brooklyn, New York, USA
  377. Barbara Zwahlen, Bern, Switzerland
  378. Lawrence Mamabolo, Registered Counsellor:. independent/private practice. South Africa
  379. B. Herzog, Social Worker, Leipzig, Germany
  380. Cemil Inangil, social worker, Munich, Germany
  381. Dirk Schuck M.A., Political scientist, University of Leipzig, Germany
  382. Dearbhla Quinn, Student of Equality Studies, University College Dublin
  383. Nicolas Barnes, Sex Worker & Nurse, Belgium.
  384. Jasper Lenderink, Consultant sustainability, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  385. Jenny Olaya-Peickner,Social Worker, Vienna, Austria
  386. Sally Armstrong, Housing Professional and Sex Worker Ally, UK
  387. Moriah Oxnard, Nurse, New York, NY
  388. Marie-Eve Volkoff-Peschon  retraitée  Geneva Switzerland
  389. Marianne Jonker, Swexpertise, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  390. Norma Jean Almodovar Sex worker rights activist Los Angeles CA
  391. Alexandra Holmes, MA student, Freie Universitaet, Berlin
  392. Amanda Mercedes Gigler, Director of Philanthropic Partnerships and Communications, Mama Cash, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  393. Lady Tanja Hamburg Sexworker, Germany
  394. Maria K. Powell, JD, LLM, Sex Worker Advocate and Articling Student, NB, Canada
  395. Soraya Silveira Simões, Anthropologist, Professor Instituto de Pesquisa e Planejamento Urbano e Regional- IPPUR-UFRJ, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  396. Jess Rousse, cleaning lady, France
  397. Pietro Saitta, researcher and lecturer in Sociology, University of Messina (Italy)
  398. Heather Berg, PhD Candidate, Santa Barbara, CA
  399. Shaun Kirven, Human Rights Activist, Kathmandu Nepal
  400. Jack Harrow, author/human, Seattle, WA
  401. Melisa Stephen, BA Northwestern University, activist
  402. Elene Lam, activist , Canada
  403. Hella Dee, sex worker (NL)
  404. Faika El-Nagashi, Human Rights Activist, The Green Party Vienna
  405. Marissa Ram, Esq., LGBTQ Rights and Immigration Attorney, New York, New York, USA
  406. Olaf Göbel, Tantra-Massage-Teacher, Velbert, Germany
  407. Marina Kronkvist, Sexsibilitycoach, Founder of Ritual Play, Finland
  408. Suzanne B Seltzer, The Seltzer Firm, PLLC, NY, NY USA
  409. Annie Temple, Sex Worker, The Naked Truth, Surrey BC Canada
  410. Frannie Blew Velvet, Sex Worker/Performance Artist, Liberty, Tennessee, USA
  411. Frank Cipriani, Activist, Florida, USA
  412. Erika S. Becker, Frankfurt/Main, Germany
  413. Flora Pagan, social services worker, Victoria BC, Canada
  414. Anne Lieberman, Program Officer, Sexual Health and Rights, American Jewish World Service, NY,NY
  415. Ana Mohr, outreach worker, CARUSEL, Romania
  416. Dr. Marian Ursan, Executive Director, CARUSEL, Romania
  417. Dr. Susanne Dodillet, Gothenburg University, Sweden
  418. Niina Vuolajarvi, PhD student, University of Eastern Finland & Rutgers University, United States
  419. Agnes Foldi,Human Rights Activist, Hungary
  420. Matilda Bickers, SWOP-PDX, STROLL, SWOC Portland, Portland, OR, USA
  421. Sunny Maguire, LCSW, NYC
  422. Niamh Brown, PhD Student, University of Glasgow, United Kingdom
  423. Anushka Aqil, Public Health, GA, USA
  424. Marlen Löffler, PhD candidate, University Frankfurt/Main (Germany)
  425. Mathilde Bouvard, Artist, Bretagne France
  426. Chris Atchison, Research Associate, University of Victoria, Canada
  427. Jessica Whitbread, AIDS Activist, Toronto, Canada
  428. Alice Iancu, Lecturer, Romania
  429. Patrick John Burnett, PhD Candidate, University of British Columbia, Canada
  430. Catherine Fertel, feminist and activist with the LGBTQ Task Force to Undo Mass Incarceration & Institutional Racism, Woodstock, NY, USA
  431. Frands Sørensen, Denmark
  432. Ahi Wi-Hongi, Community Liaison at New Zealand Prostitutes’ Collective, ONTOP – Ongoing National Transgender Outreach Project, Sex Worker. Wellington, Aotearoa/New Zealand
  433. Raviva Hanser, Program Associate, Sexual Health & Rights, American Jewish World Service
  434. LiLi K. Bright, UK
  435. Noemi Katona, PhD student, Humboldt University, Berlin (Germany)
  436. Dee-Amela Conti, Secretary of Respect Inc, Australia
  437. Sara Regensburger, Archaeologist and activist, CT, USA
  438. Paulo Anjos, Social Worker, Portugal
  439. Maria Lobo, Psychologist, Portugal
  440. Elizabeth Pride, paralegal, Philadelphia, PA, USA
  441. Teresa Dobney, Health Resource Specialist, Volunteer at Project Safe, Philadelphia, PA, U
  442. Rebecca Hiles, The Frisky Fairy Sex Education and Coaching, Sex Worker, Herndon, VA US
  443. Juhu Thukral, Esq, Human Rights Lawyer and Advocate for Women and LGBTQ People, USA
  444. Florrie Burke, Consultant and Chair Emeritus, Freedom Network USA
  445. Sealing Cheng, Associate Professor, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong.
  446. Tessa de Ryck, human rights worker and trainer, Indonesia
  447. Magdalena Simstich, Gender Student, sw & Activist, Germany
  448. Ulrike Rothe, NRW, Sexarbeiterin
  449. Leyla Safta-Zecheria, PhD Candidate, Central European University Budapest
  450. Agnieszka Walendzik-Ostrowska, PhD, Poland
  451. Dr. Elisabeth Greif, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria
  452. Rhoda Tretow, Feministisches Institut, Hamburg
  453. Dr. Meike Lauggas, university lecturer and freelance counselor, Vienna
  454. Karina Laursen, prosex forum member, Denmark
  455. Fiona Montagud, Calala Fondo de Mujeres, España
  456. Sinem Hun, Human Rights Lawyer, Turkey
  457. Nihan Erdoğan, Human Rights Lawyer,Turkey
  458. Evelyn Probst, Psychologist, Vienna/Austria
  459. Eva Kaufmann, Councelor, Austria
  460. Christien Rijks, social worker for sex workers, SHOP, The Hague, The Netherlands
  461. Jo Bindman, former activist, UK
  462. Ferenc David – Biopolitics expert, Hungary, Budapest
  463. Laura María Agustín, UK, Sweden, Spain
  464. Petra Gugler, Graz, Österreich
  465. Ovidiu Anemtoaicei, PhD, HECATE Publishing House, Bucharest, Romania.
  466. Pia Poppenreiter, Entrepreneur, Berlin, Germany
  467. Adina Manea, Programmes Director, Youth for Youth Foundation, Romania
  468. Dr Kathryn McGarry, Centre for Rights, Recognition and Redistribution, Maynooth University, Ireland
  469. Dr Soma Roy, Ph D,Research Officer,Durbar Mahila Samanwaya Committee,Kolkata, West Bengal, India
  470. Catherine Stephens, sex worker for 15 years
  471. Mónica Aragonés Padilla, Sociologist,Barcelona, Spain
  472. Jessica Cusell Fernández, Barcelona Spain
  473. Leila Ghorbel, Translator, Barcelona, Spain
  474. Przemysław Hasiński, Łódź, Polska
  475. Andrés Lekanger, outreach worker, PION, Norway
  476. Morten Sortodden, sexworkers rights activist, PION, Norway
  477. Monica Clef, board member PION, Norway
  478. Jean Cristal, board member, PION, Norway
  479. Kristin (workname), sexworker, Norway
  480. Alexandra (workname), sexworker, Norway
  481. Emilie (sexworker), sexworker, Norway
  482. Camilla Winther-Griffenfeldt, activist, Norway
  483. Mr. $,  male sexworker, Oslo, Norway
  484. Mr. Tony, male sexworker, Oslo, Norway
  485. Mr. AMIR, male sexworker, Oslo Norway
  486. Rico, male masseur and sexworker, Oslo, Norway
  487. Mr. Marco, male sexworker, Norway
  488. Miss Jeanette, female sexworker, Norway
  489. Miss Donna, transexual sexworker, Norway
  490. Paramita Chowdhury,Project Coordinator,Amra Padatik, DMSc, Kolkata India
  491. Esther Wortmann-Knoth, communication consultant, Germany
  492. Abhijit Lodh , Program Coordinator,Durbar Disha Mahila Griha Sramik Samanwaya Committee,Kolkata,West Bengal India.
  493. Sergio Lo Giudice, italian MP, Italy
  494. Jessica Cusell Fernández Barcelona
  495. Ratan Dolui, Assistant Secretary,Amra Padatik,organisation of the children of sex workers,DMSC,Kolkata,West Bengal, India.
  496. Puja Roy, Director,TI DMSC, Kolkata,West Bengal India.
  497. Letonde Hermine Gbedo, cultural mediator , Etnoblog Interculural association, Trieste, Italy
  498. Rama Debnath, Outreach Worker, working in the organisation for the last 14 years of DMSC, West Bengal India.
  499. Mampi Halder, Amra Padatik, Kolkata,West Bengal, India,
  500. Sampa Basak, Amra Padatik, Kolkata,West Bengal, India.
  501. Stefanie Grabatsch, BASIS-Projekt Hamburg, Germany
  502. Momita Naskar, Secretary, Durbar Disha, Kolkata, India
  503. Baby Naskar, President, Durbar Disha Kolkata West Bengal.
  504. Sintu Bagui, Secretary Anandam, Balaram dey Street, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
  505. Antonella Ius, ideadestroyingmuros, Italy
  506. Marty Huber, queer-feminist activist, Vienna Austria
  507. Dr Kiril Sharapov, Senior Lecturer, University of Bedfordshire
  508. Henrik List, authour, Copenhagen, Denmark
  509. Matthias Lehmann, Doctoral Researcher, Queen’s University Belfast, United Kingdom
  510. Stefan Benedik, Centre for Gender History, University of Graz, Austria
  511. Elisabeth Armstrong, Program for the Study of Women and Gender, Smith College, US
  512. Professor Kamala Kempadoo, York University, Toronto Canada
  513. Boglarka Fedorko, Human Rights, Sex Worker Rights, Trans* Rights activist
  514. Agnes Foldi, Chairwoman, Association of Hungarian Sex Workers
  515. Istvan Kobanyai, Social Counsellor
  516. Marta Gergovics, Social Counsellor
  517. Jacqueline Suter, Bern, Switzerland
  518. Dr. Henry Hohmann, Trans* activist, Bern, Switzerland
  519. Professor Deborah Brock, York University, Canada
  520. Dr. Sarah Speck, Visiting Professor Universität Tübingen, Germany
  521. Judith Brandner, Rechtsanwältin und Fachanwältin für Sozialrecht, Berlin, Germany
  522. Dr. Amanda Glasbeek, Associate Professor of Criminology, York University, Toronto, Canada
  523. Lubica Vysna, social worker and PhD. candidate, Comenius University, Bratislava, Slovakia
  524. Dr. Denise Brennan, Professor and Chair, Department of Anthropology, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.
  525. Pablo Hörtner & Stefanie Klamuth, Librería Utopía – radical bookstore vienna, Austria7
  526. Janine Revillet, retired accountant, member of Aspasie, Geneva, Swizerland
  527. Marta Graça, PhD student, Department of Education, University of Aveiro, Portugal
  528. Dr. Mary Laing, Senior Lecturer in Criminology, Northumbria University, UK
  529. Nine, former project worker at Scot-PEP & consultant to NSWP, Malaysia
  530. Niall Mulligan, Co. Meath, Ireland
  531. Alexandra Podova, sex worker, Slovakia
  532. Kat Kolar, PhD Student University of Toronto, Canada
  533. Dr. Rhacel Salazar Parreñas, Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
  534. Melissa Hope Ditmore, Ph.D. Editor, Encyclopedia of Prostitution and Sex Work (Greenwood, 2006)
  535. Juliana Piccillo, filmmaker, I was a Teenage Prostitute, Whores on Film
  536. Maria Cecilia Hwang, PhD Candidate, Brown University, USA
  537. Billie, Community Support Worker, GOSHH (Gender, Orientation, Sexual Health, HIV (Ireland))
  538. Dr. Helmut Graupner, attorney-at-law (Vienna, Austria), president Rechtskomitee LAMBDA (RKL) (Austria), co-president Austrian Society for Sexologies (ÖGS), member World Association for Sexual Health (WAS)
  539. Lauren Pragg, PhD Candidate, York University, Toronto, Canada
  540. Jacqueline Suter, XENIA, Bern Switzerland
  541. Grogg, Artist, Bern Switzerland
  542. Jensen Byrne, LGBTI and Human Rights Project Officer, Bangkok, Thailand/Dublin,Ireland
  543. Simone Wiegratz, Hydra, Deutschland
  544. Anna Elisabetta Benucci, Venice, Italy
  545. Gloria Pasqualetto, Venice, Italy
  546. Samuel Fried, Artist, Bern Switzerland
  547. Janine Althorp (MA), former exotic dancer, sex work researcher
  548. Christine Hibbert Sex Worker Jamaica
  549. Peta-Gay Ebanks- Sex Worker Jamaica
  550. Emma Eastwood, Senior Media Officer, London
  551. Angela Wright Sex Worker Jamaica
  552. Michele Lancione, University of Cambridge
  553. Sinéad Redmond, abortion and maternity rights activist, Ireland
  554. Princess Brown – Vice President SWAJ
  555. Jenice Jackson Public Relation Officer SWAJ
  556. Samantha  Walton Field Officer- SWAJ
  557. Suzan Brown – Sex Worker- Jamaica
  558. Rushell Frame- Sex Worker – Jamaica
  559. Tanisha Boode – Sex Worker – Jamaica
  560. Andrean Reynelds – Sex Worker- Jamaica
  561. Andrea Brackett- Sex Worker – Jamaica
  562. Dr. Linda Duits, affiliated researcher Utrecht University, Amsterdam the Netherlands
  563. JAshett Cunningham  Sex Worker Jamaica
  564. Christol Stewart Sex Worker Jamaica
  565. Darlet Williams Sex Worker Jamaica
  566. Althea Williams – Sex Worker Jamaica
  567. Michelle Ann-Marie Bennett Sex Worker Jamaica
  568. Natoya Williams – Sex Worker Jamaica
  569. Lucy Smith, UglyMugs.ie, Ireland
  570. Lindsay Blewett, sex worker and PhD student in Gender, Feminist, and Women’s Studies, Toronto, Canada
  571. Ben Gwalchmai; maker, writer, worker – United Kingdom
  572. Alessandro Iannelli, communication manager, Berlin Germany
  573. Siobhan O’Donoghue, Social Justice Activist, Ireland
  574. Dearbhla Ryan, Community Worker, Irelan
  575. Kedar Maharjan, Human rights activist, Kathmandu Nepal.
  576. Paul Formaran, writer, human rights and peace advocate, Philippines
  577. Michelle Sands, sex worker and sex worker rights activist
  578. Meghan Maury, former sex worker, Senior Policy Counsel, National LGBTQ Task Force, United States
  579. Mojca Pajnik, researcher, Peace Institute, Slovenia
  580. Dr. Erica Lorraine Williams, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Spelman College, Atlanta, GA USA
  581. Damián Castañeda Hidalgo, Social Community Worker, Spain.
  582. Wellington Pedroso da Silva  sex worker Madrid Spain
  583. Nacho Pardo Benavente, Sex Workers Support Comeettee
  584. Ana Karen Lopez Quintana, Mexico
  585. Iztok Šori, researcher, Peace Institute, Slovenia
  586. Eka Iakobishvili, PhD candidate, University of Essex, Law School/Human Rights Center
  587. Linda Kavanagh, pro choice activist ireland
  588. Helen Guinane, pro choice and maternity rights activist Ireland
  589. Sine Plambech, Anthropologist, Ph.D, Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS)
  590. Sven Beck, Belgium
  591. Susan Davis Sex Worker and Advocate, Vancouver BC
  592. Elena Shih, PhD, Assistant Professor of American Studies, Brown University, United States
  593. Anlina Sheng, NSWP, Winnipeg Working Group, sex worker, Canada
  594. Professor Julia O’Connell Davidson, School of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Nottingham, United Kingdom
  595. Mario Esteve sex worker Madrid Spain
  596. Anne Fehrenbacher, University of California, Los Angeles, United States
  597. Robert WALOCH, Vienna, Austria
  598. Martina Weiser, Ananda Tantra Massage Institute, Cologne, Germany
  599. Ana Luz Mamani Silva, Mujeres del Sur – Perú
  600. Miriam Needham, Pro Choice Activist Ireland
  601. Dénes Türei, activist and ally, Budapest Hungary
  602. Julie Ham, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Hong Kong
  603. Spencer Patterson King, Maine, United States
  604. JaneMaree Maher, Director, Centre for Women’s Studies & Gender Research, Monash University, Australia
  605. Oryane Mitchell Male Sex Worker- Assistant Treasurer SWAJ
  606. Athena Thiessen, Winnipeg Working Group, sex worker, Canada
  607. Whit Forrester, Sex Worker and Artist, Illinois, United States
  608. Mariah Grant, Freelance Human Rights Consultant, United States
  609. Ilana Burness, Consultant, Fiji
  610. Jacqueline Robarge, Baltimore, Maryland, United States
  611. Daniela Ponce, Mom. Glendale, California.
  612. Fairleigh Gilmour, PhD candidate and Assistant Lecturer, Monash University, Australia
  613. Deepika Soni, Masters of Human Rights and Democratization Student, University Sydney; Intern at UN-ACT Bangkok
  614. Dr. Rachel Phillips, Research Associate, Centre for Addictions Research of BC, University of Victoria, Canada
  615. Christian Niederwolfsgruber, Innsbruck, Austria
  616. Anna Turley, South Africa
  617. María Palomares Arenas, Calala Fondo de Mujeres, Spain
  618. Sergio Hoyos Ramos, Patan, Kathmandu, Nepal
  619. Carla Kuiken, former researcher HIV, Mexico
  620. Katarzyna Dułak, Psychologist, Sexologist, Antidiscrimination Educator, Gdańsk, Poland
  621. Grupa Edukacyjna BezTabu, sex educators group, Gdańsk, Poland
  622. Johannes Albrecht Geist-Herz, Social Worker, Researcher, Vienna, Austria
  623. PAULA EZKERRA CONSELLERA DE DISTRITO E CIUTAT VELLA, BARCELONA ESPAÑA
  624. Aleksandra Migalska, sociologist, PhD Candidate, Institute of Sociology, Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Guest Researcher in Centre for Gender Research, University of Oslo
  625. Jasmin Qureshi, Communications Officer, Thailand
  626. Sara Trindade, Social
  627. Ely-Sex worker, dancer, choreographer, Trieste, Italy
  628. Ruth Morgan Thomas, former sex worker, Global Coordinator NSWP
  629. CCM Suriname, Mylene Pocorni
  630. Ruth Orli Moshkovitz, student of Women’s and Gender History,Vienna, Austria
  631. Yossef(a) Mekyton, LGBTI activist
  632. “Mashpritzot” – Queer Anarchists for sex workers rights
  633. Hanna Hofmann, BesD Leipzig
  634. Wendy Lyon, human rights lawyer, Ireland
  635. Zofia Noworól, sociologist, PhD Candidate, Institute of Sociology, Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland
  636. Dr Marlise Richter, Gender based violence advocate, South Africa
  637. Barbara Belliato, Venice, Italy
  638. Sasha John, Student, India
  639. Nadja Feicht, Student, Germany
  640. Nicki Turton. Scotland.
  641. Laura Aguirre, sociologist, Berlín, Germany
  642. Katarzyna Dułak, Psychologist, Sexologist, Antidiscrimination Educator, Gdańsk, Poland Grupa Edukacy…
  643. Tom White, writer, UK
  644. Georgina Perry, NHS Service Manager, Open Doors, Homerton Hospital, London
  645. Sina Muscarina, Psychologist & Polyamory Researcher, Vienna, Austria
  646. Rosa Hannreich, Historian, Vienna, Austria
  647. Alina Kopytsa, artist, Switzerland
  648. Trendl Fanni, assistant lecturer, University of Pécs, Hungary
  649. Liad Hussein Kantorowicz, artist, activist and former sex worker, Berlin, Germany.
  650. Judith Brandner, Rechtsanwältin und Fachanwältin für Sozialrecht, Berlin, Germany
  651. Ryan Paul Martinez, Medical Student, Davao, Philippines
  652. PD Dr. Monika Mokre, Political Scientist, Vienna Austria
  653. Tobia Tomasi, Venice, Italy
  654. Parodi Anna Maria, Genova, Italy
  655. Transgender Punk Activist, Taiwan
  656. Garret Fitzpatrick, Dublin, Ireland
  657. Stella Zine, Former Sexworker, Director, Scarlett Umbrella Southern Art Alliance/ GA Coyote chapter. Atlanta & Athens GA. USA.Enid Vazquez, Associate Editor, Positively Aware, Test Positive Aware Network, Chicago, IL U.S.A.
  658. Kari Hartel , Denver, CO, USA
  659. Marijana Radulovic, NGO ALTERO, Serbia
  660. William Chase, College Station, TX, USA
  661. Annette Gaudino, member ACT UP/NY, Bronx, NY, USA
  662. Natasha Potvin , PEERS Victoria Resources Society, Victoria, B.C.
  663. Maya Paley, Social Justice Advocate, Los Angeles, CA
  664. Morgane Merteuil, sex worker, spokesperson for STRASS, sex worker union, Paris, France.
  665. Nina Sastri, The Sophian Siren, Former Sexworker, Europe
  666. Savitri Persaud, PhD Candidate, York University, Canada
  667. Thomas Jensen, Socialworker, Denmark
  668. Thorsten Beiderbeck, male nurse, Germany
  669. Miriam Haughton Assistant Secretary SWAJ
  670. Lorenzo Paolo Marconi, Entertainment, Fermo, Italy
  671. Dr Charlotte Cooper, London, UK
  672. Claudette Johnson- Sex Worker Jamaica
  673. Maria Reichmann, Vienna, Austria
  674. Jermaine Burton- Executive Director Colour PinkCreatrix Tiara, creative producer/media-maker/artist/activist/writer, USA / Australia / Malaysia
  675. Eduarda Alice Santos, co-founder of Grupo Transexual Portugal, Portugal
  676. Lara de Sousa Crespo, co-founder of Grupo Transexual Portugal, Portugal
  677. Giorgia Serughetti, Postdoc. Fellow, University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy
  678. Dr Jay Levy, Policy and Advocacy Officer, INPUD Secretariat, London, UK
  679. Miranda Haroun, Sex Worker, Philadelphia, USA
  680. Rachael Brennan, BA LLB GradDipIntlHlth, USA/Australia/UK
  681. Dr. Genevieve Fuji Johnson, Department of Political Science, SFU, Canada
  682. Vincent Carroll, Councillor, London Borough of Haringey
  683. Shauna Kelly, social justice activist, Ireland.
  684. Felicia Anna, sex worker, PROUD, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  685. Walter Dietz, Vienna, Austria
  686. Shaela Dennis, intersectional feminist and LGBT+ rights advocate, sex educator, Indiana, USA
  687. Amit Malaviya, California, USA
  688. Kaylin C. Anderson, Washington, USA
  689. Jennifer Kowalchuk, Sex Worker, Canada
  690. Petra Boynton, PhD, Social Psychologist, UK
  691. Hamish Noonan, librarian, Auckland, New Zealand
  692. Julie Bates, Sex Worker/Sex Worker rights advocate and researcher, Sydney, Australia
  693. Daria Mogucheva, Translator/Activist, Russia
  694. Pearl Wong   (Queer Theology Academy, Hong Kong)
  695. Frans van Rossum, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
  696. Joie Yiu, Body Minister, Hong Kong
  697. Joseph Cheung, Hong Kong
  698. Grace Bok(Church pastor,Hong Kong
  699. Markéta Hronková, human rights lawyer, Czech Republic
  700. Mieke van der Burg, president Association Women and Law, The Netherlands
  701. Rose Wu, Feminist theologian
  702. Rela Mazali, Writer, Independent scholar, Activist, Israel
  703. John Burridge, supporter of anti-censorship and sex-positive feminism, Swansea, UK.
  704. Aitch Giles, artist, Edinburgh, UK
  705. Amber O’Hara (working name), independent sex worker, Christchurch, New Zealand.
  706. Alicia Sola Prado, Professor, Spain.
  707. Laure Merindol, Community health official, France
  708. Tracy Quan, New York, NY, USA
  709. Ignacio Gámiz Ruiz, social worker, member of acciónenred, Granada, Spain
  710. Milena Chimienti, Professor, Switzerland
  711. Holly Combe, TV editor and writer at The F-Word, media pundit and member of Feminists against Censorship, UK. (Signing in individual capacity.)
  712. Jelena Vidic, psychologist, Serbia
  713. Serge Balaes, sex workers’ rights advocate and PR specialist.
  714. Iván Morales, stage author and director, screenwriter, actor. Barcelona.
  715. Luis G Santiago, New York, USA
  716. Victoria Columba, Activista, Barcelona, España
  717. Gabrielle Le Roux, artist and activist for social justice, South Africa
  718. Matthew Waites, Senior Lecturer in Sociology, University of Glasgow, UK
  719. Justine Murphy, musician and reproductive rights activist (Ireland)
  720. Timoshka Yakov, sex worker & trans* activist with SWOU & X:Talk, London, UK
  721. Beth Morgan, sex worker and writer USA
  722. Sharon Byran`- sex worker- jamaica
  723. Linda Porn, sex worker, director and actress X, Barcelona Spain.
  724. Jordi Bordas i Villalba, Conseller de Districte d’ERC Ciutat Vella. Barcelona – Catalonia
  725. Monique Reid Sex Worker Jamaica
  726. Christal Gunter – Sex Worker Jamaica
  727. Linda Williamson – Sex Worker Jamaica
  728. Suzette Forrester – Sex Worker – Jamaica
  729. Arriana Walker – Sex Worker Jamaica
  730. Igor Vuckovic – waiter, Croatia
  731. Sandra Haughton – Sex Worker Jamaica
  732. Ruschell Beckford – Sex Worker Jamaica
  733. Nicolette Baker Sex Worker Jamaica
  734. Tamara Master- Sex Worker Jamaica
  735. Bilinda Johnson – Jamaica
  736. Juan Vera, translator, Cartagena – Spain
  737. Antonio Centeno, social activist and co-director of “Yes, we fuck!”, Barcelona, Spain
  738. Mikael Jansson, Ph. D. Scientist, Centre for Addictions Research of BC, University of Victoria
  739. Hege Grostad, activist and former sexworker, Oslo, Norway
  740. Kaydene Williams Sex worker Jamaica
  741. Stacy-ann Robinson Sex Worker Jamaica
  742. Jenique Coley sex Worker Jamaica
  743. Kadian Roach – Sex Worker Jamaica
  744. Tina Poyser -SexWorker-  Jamaica
  745. Kemar Henry- Male Sex Worker -jamaica
  746. Carol Douglas-Sex Worker Jamaica
  747. Angela Wilson- sex worker jamaica
  748. Ophelia Banton- SW Jamaica
  749. Cavel Lewis Sex Worker Jamaica
  750. Simone Brooks Sex Worker Jamaica
  751. Sandra Williams – Sex Worker Jamaica
  752. Lynette Morris Sex Worker Jamaica
  753. Saskiah Bennett- Sex Worker Jamaica
  754. Annmarie Thorpe Sex Worker Jamaica
  755. Nikeisha Gordon – Sex Worker Jamaica
  756. Sabrina Sanchez – Sex Worker/Journalist/Mechanic, Barcelona
  757. Edward Nelson- Friends 4 Life Jamaica
  758. Kimarley Samuels- Friends 4 Life Jamaica
  759. Michael Atkinson- Friends 4 Life Jamaica
  760. Lisa-Marie Ferla, Blogger and Journalist, Glasgow, Scotland
  761. D.O’brian Russell- Friends 4 life Jamaica
  762. Andrew Ellis- Friends 4 Life jamaica
  763. Jahmar chambers- friends 4 Life Jamaica
  764. Damion Dawkins- Friends 4 Life Jamaica
  765. Dagfinn Hessen Paust, law graduate, Oslo, Norway
  766. Brain Mendes-Sex Worker- Friends 4 Life Jamaica
  767. Brenton Chambers- Friends 4 Life Jamaica
  768. Nelson Winkler Former Friends 4 Life Member Jamaica
  769. Martin Wanvik, Trondheim, Norway
  770. Javon Thompson- Male Sex Worker Jamaica
  771. Juan Enrique Hernández Muñoz, Bartender,Barcelona, Spain
  772. Kristof  Lahousse, Belgium
  773. Kate Zen – Migrant labor organizer at the Street Vendors Project (Urban Justice Center), Migrant Sex Workers Project, sex worker, NYC
  774. Lisa Keogh Finnegan, Biomedical Scientist, Dublin, Ireland.
  775. Marcelo Maia , Photographer & HIV Activist, New York, USA
  776. Juliet Brando, sex worker and writer, UK
  777. Dr. Nicholas de Villiers, Jacksonville, Florida, USA
  778. Syar S. Alia, writer, Selangor, Malaysia
  779. Zandra L Ellis, MA, LCDC, Founder and Lead Masters- Level Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor at Rise Above Counseling Services, Dallas, TX, USA
  780. Christoph Theis, Eisenstadt,Austria
  781. Adele Palazzi, Venice, Italy
  782. Silvana Parodi,Genova, Italy
  783. Luciano Torcinovich, Venice, Italy
  784. Ayesha Sen Choudhury, Human Rights Researcher and Advocate, India
  785. Marina Tupran, PhD candidate, Bucharest, Romania
  786. Michael Dresser, Sexological Bodyworker, UK
  787. Maria Alejandra Ferradas Donnes Lliures deAlicante -españa.
  788. Dr Calogero Giametta, Aix-Marseille University, France
  789. Jet Young, trans sex worker, NZ and UK
  790. Petra Unger, Feminist Researcher and Activist
  791. Franziska Wallner, student, Vienna/Amsterdam
  792. Nathan Schocher, researcher, Zurich, Switzerland
  793. Kieraen Ross, Teacher, Vienna, Austria
  794. Manuela C. Beyer, trans* sex worker, Munich
  795. Kate Sheill, human rights advocate, UK/Thailand
  796. Sara Wondie, Master of social studies of Gender, Denmark
  797. Anders Dahl, anthropologist, consultant on HIV/AIDS, Copenhagen, Denmark
  798. Scott Long, human rights activist, researcher, author, Cairo, Egypt
  799. Matt Schwenteck, Germany, sexual bodyworker and educator, worldwide
  800. Kate D’Adamo, sex worker advocate and community organizer, USA
  801. Lea Emilie Dam, BS in gender studies, Master’s student, Lund University, Sweden
  802. Verena Melgarejo Weinandt, artist and curator, Collectivo TRENZA, Viena, Austria
  803. Daniela Ortiz, artist, Barcelona, Spain.
  804. Dr Katrina Forrester, historian, Queen Mary University of London
  805. Josep Pasqual Requena Pallarés, public worker, retired, València-País Valencià-Spain
  806. Matilde Senís Canet, teacher, retired. València-País Valencià-Spain
  807. Isabel Cercenado, teacher. València-País Valencià-Spain
  808. José Trasancos Fernández, public worker. València-País Valencià-Spain
  809. Edmée Charrière Lausanne Suisse
  810. Mitch Cosgrove, Edinburgh
  811. Amanda Berger, sex worker, Switzerland
  812. Leontine Bijleveld, independent researcher women’s human rights (member of Amnesty International NL), the Netherlands
  813. Lesley Finch, former sex worker support worker, Scotland
  814. Yonatan Zunger, engineer and writer, USA
  815. Assunta Signorelli- Femminist and gender study expert- Psichiatra, Trieste Italy
  816. Francesca Corsini educator and social operator of LE GRAZIOSE Genoa- Italy
  817. Thomas Lundbye, Norway
  818. Dickon Edwards, blogger and academic, London, UK.
  819. Undine de Rivière, sex worker, Hamburg, Germany
  820. Kirstin Innes, author of Fishnet and journalist, Glasgow, Scotland, UK
  821. AB Silvera, trans feminist writer, performer and activist, Glasgow, Scotland
  822. Vaula Tuomaala, Social psychologist, researcher, Helsinki, Finland

 

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Trabajo sexual: entre las difamaciones de las abolicionistas y talleres para profesionales del sexo

trabajadoras sexuales en los derechos

No hay nada más deshonesto que definen que lucha por ser reconocido como trabajador / citas, el sexo y, al mismo tiempo de poner fin a la explotación de la trata , «organizaciones en connivencia con los proxenetas» . E ‘, por decir lo menos, paradójico que pasó en estos días. Voy a hacer corta: como ya había mencionado aquí , el Parlamento Europeo está debatiendo el informe del parlamentario euro Honeyball que tiene como objetivo la criminalización de los clientes / trabajadores lle / sexo trici. En esta tesis se basa en las posiciones abolicionistas ya conocidos, a saber, que ninguna mujer podría elegir no volver a prostitursi voluntaria. De ello se desprende que el trabajo sexual es siempre la violencia, incluso cuando fue usted quien decide intraprendertelo. La justificación de esta sobredeterminación es la lucha contra el tráfico que se utiliza para imponer su propia visión, personal de lo que sería decente o no vender.

Para obtener más información recomiendo leer este post de la que copiar y pegar las letras que  las organizaciones / los trabajadores sexuales han escrito en respuesta a este informe ( AQUÍ  encontrarás el pdf en Inglés):

Respuesta sobre lo que escribió cerca de 560 organizaciones Honeyball que se oponen a la criminalización de los clientes «se componen de los proxenetas».

Estimado miembro del Parlamento Europeo,
esta mañana se recibió una comunicación del Sra. Honeyball.
Esta dirección de correo electrónico, la señora Honeyball sugiere que las 560 organizaciones que se oponen a su informe, y la criminalización de clientes «, son en realidad organizaciones que agrupan a los proxenetas, etc ..»
Creemos que es grave descalifica las voces de aquellos que no comparten su ideología al definirlas como «protectores» (proxenetas). Si su informe se basa en la evidencia y la experiencia de todos aquellos que trabajan directamente con las trabajadoras sexuales y las víctimas de la trata, más que en su ideología personal, ella no habría tenido necesidad de recurrir a esta vergonzosa acusación contra cientos de organizaciones, académicos y otros profesionales – por la única razón de que no están de acuerdo con sus puntos de vista. Hacemos hincapié en el centro de nuestro mensaje: » La ideología: no. La prueba: usted. »

También estamos impactados. Nunca esperamos que – a falta de argumentos – un representante del Parlamento Europeo podría rebajarse a atacar la integridad, la profesionalidad y el buen nombre de una amplia representación de la sociedad civil en Europa.

Entre los firmantes, de hecho, se encuentran:

– La Strada International, una red europea importante de organizaciones de lucha contra la trata de Global Alianza contra la Trata de Mujeres (GAATW), una alianza de más de 100 organizaciones no gubernamentales de África, Asia, Europa, América del Norte y América Latina. De la declaración de La Strada Internacional, firmado por GAATW:

» Los socios de la ONG Plataforma LSI han argumentado en el pasado, durante casi dos décadas, muchos hombres y mujeres que fueron víctimas de la trata para la industria del sexo. (..) La criminalización estigmatiza y margina a los trabajadores sexuales y los migrantes tanto nacionales como les priva de los medios para protegerse contra la violencia y ser capaz de reclamar una indemnización. Así se fuerza la industria del sexo bajo tierra, para permanecer más oculto, y esto se traduce en un menor acceso a la salud, social y asistencia jurídica a los trabajadores del sexo, con un número significativamente menor probabilidad de identificación de personas que han sido víctimas de es  «.

Muchas organizaciones de derechos de las mujeres, como la Federación de Planificación Familiar de Europa y el Consejo Alemán de Mujeres, que representa a 50 organizaciones en Alemania –

– Las organizaciones que tienen que ver con el VIH, como ‘AIDS Action Europe y el Grupo Europeo de Tratamiento del SIDA.

– Las redes que se ocupan de la exclusión social, tales correlaciones, y cientos de proveedores de servicios (trabajadores sociales) que trabajan todos los días con algunos de los miembros más vulnerables de nuestras comunidades y estigmatizados: los, profesionales del sexo sin hogar que trabajan en la calle, drogadictos, personas que que viven con el VIH, los migrantes indocumentados ….

Por último, la carta fue firmada por las organizaciones de trabajadoras sexuales que representan las voces y experiencias de las mismas trabajadoras del sexo. La gente como la Sra. Honeyball fingen que sentimos beneficiamos de sus sugerencias y los que han escuchado y apoya su informe.

La lista de 560 organizaciones no gubernamentales y organizaciones de la sociedad civil, que quede claro que muchos profesionales que conocen las realidades sobre el terreno son contrarias a ese informe. La criminalización, tanto de quien vende servicios sexuales o comprador, sólo sirve para aumentar la vulnerabilidad de las trabajadoras sexuales y los expone a abusos.

Como representante electo del pueblo, la Sra. Honeyball debe dar la bienvenida a la participación de un gran número de organizaciones de la sociedad civil en el debate. Este es un principio fundamental de nuestras sociedades democráticas.

La falta de credibilidad, pues, ahora que respecta a la Sra. Honeyball.Notable es el hecho de que usted se olvida de decir que 70 profesores universitarios han firmado un contra-informe que demuestra la falta total de evidencia detrás del informe. Ella habla de la participación de una red global de investigadores, pero en realidad su documento no proporciona evidencia sobre el impacto real y positivo del modelo sueco. Simplemente se repite una posición ideológica que establece que «la prostitución debe ser abolida», sin tener en cuenta las consecuencias negativas de la criminalización de los clientes, sin mirar y remediar la pérdida de ingresos, sin prestar atención a la mayor vulnerabilidad al VIH y el estigma trabajadores daño / sexo.

Por consiguiente, instamos a los Miembros a apoyar la resolución alternativa de adelantar la Sra. Yannakoudakis (leer su carta abierta a la Sra. Honeyball  aquí  )

Atentamente,

Lucas Stevenson (dell’ICRSE Coordinador)

El Comité Internacional sobre los Derechos de las Trabajadoras del Sexo (www.sexworkeurope.org ) en Europa – la red de 59 organizaciones en 28 países de Europa y Asia Central – y más de 560 organizaciones no gubernamentales que figuran  en la carta .

Mientras i / @ explotar el bigott Combatir la Trata sovradeterminare para aquellos que conscientemente eligen el trabajo sexual, mientras que este país sigue persiguiendo a los trabajadores / sexo golpeándolos vez y una vez clientes el 22 de febrero en Barcelona ‘asociación Aprosex  ha iniciado un taller / curso de 4 horas de «nociones básicas para la profesionalización» de los trabajadores / toros coito.

La noticia me ha informado hace unas semanas, un amigo / compañero, Mina, he traducido también su presentación, se le informará en unas pocas líneas, por lo que puede tener más información / lle organizadores / trici de esta iniciativa, en nuestra opinión, fantástico. El curso está abierto a todas las personas, no sólo, que ya trabajan en el mundo del sexo pagado, pero que están considerando la posibilidad de empezar a hacerlo.

Como con cualquier negocio, es importante investigar y en este caso también entiendo que a los que nos encontramos, porque, por desgracia, esta profesión no es reconocida como tal en todo el país, y es a menudo objeto de represión y un estigma muy pesada para los que ejercicios. De hecho, los temas de la agenda fueron:

Porque quiero dedicarme a la prostitución?

Insistiendo … Tengo muchas ganas de ser una prostituta?

¿Ha considerado las desventajas?

‘Me siento preparado para asumir esta profesión?

Tips «Tan pequeña» pequeña y no para el sexo

  • Introducción al estigma y consecuencias psicológicas
  • La profesionalización de los trabajadores sexuales
  • Disposiciones y Planes de Ahorro
  • Hacienda y Seguridad Social
  • Marketing de Trabajadoras Sexuales

Frente a los que dicen que lo harían «explotadores / trici» . Con la difusión de la carta de invitación se ha dicho, les dejo la presentación de este sitio web en idioma español, y aquí traducido por Mina, le doy las gracias de nuevo, dell’associzione Aprosex. Buena lectura!

«Asociación Aprosex Born de Professionist * Sexo con vocación de servicio y trabaja en defensa de los derechos de timón / lle * Sexo y la regulación del trabajo sexual Lo hacemos basándonos en el conocimiento directo del fenómeno, ya que el / * del componente Aprosex que * todos * professionist pagó sexo. Desde diferentes perspectivas, diferentes puntos de vista, con el trabajo horizontal, la solidaridad y la firme convicción de que el trabajo en equipo es la única forma posible con el fin de trabajar en solidaridad, comenzamos este proyecto con vigor y entusiasmo. Por qué no vamos sólo a las mujeres, o los hombres, o trans, o .. no! Nuestra vocación es la más completa y queremos que sea la Asociación de donde se puede sentir la gente sienta cómodo trabajando en la calle, los que lo hacen en el club o apartamentos, los que dividen los espacios hechos por otros, así como los que trabajan para las agencias o son independientes. Sin distinción de género, forma de trabajo, las creencias … Del mismo modo que no tenemos ninguna intención de discriminar en contra de cualquier * de su sexo, ni por su sexualidad. Todo * nos dedicamos al mismo trabajo y esto es lo único importante: la cantidad de esfuerzo y votos particulares. Las diferencias no importan ni poco ni mucho. El conocimiento y la experiencia de cada uno de los archivos * / * lle professionist pagaron el sexo es lo único que buscamos crecer como organización y ser capaz de conocer y compartir experiencias de primera mano entre collegh * de profesión. Luchando y trabajando la unidad * por la misma causa. Uno para que discriminan en contra de nosotros y nos culpa. Eso por eso que estigmatizan y nos hacen invisibles.Nuestra libertad de elegir el trabajo sexual. Trabajo, como ya lo hacemos desde hace años, lo que consideramos nuestros derechos, y esta vez queremos hacerlo desde el lado profesional, uniéndose, el tejer, puntos de vista, posiciones y unificar esfuerzos para la fruta que puede surgir es saludable y sabrosa. Hay mucho que hacer. Pero estamos en la muda @ de trabajo en el mismo sector, el del sexo. Un trabajo que nos da dignidad como personas, sí y sí que trae un montón de sabiduría todos los días.Aquello por lo que nos enseñaron de qué avergonzarse, si lo hacemos, es lo que, después de todo, nos sentimos orgoglios * «.

Lavoro sessuale: tra diffamzione dei/lle abolizionist@ e laboratori per sex workers

 

Lavoro sessuale: tra diffamzione dei/lle abolizionist@ e laboratori per sex workers

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Non c’è nulla di più disonesto che definire chi lotta per farsi riconoscere come lavoratore/trice del sesso e allo stesso tempo per metter fine allo sfruttamento della tratta,“organizzazioni colluse con i papponi”. E’, a dir poco, paradossale quello che è successo in questi giorni. Ve la farò breve: come mi avevo già accennato qui, il Parlamento Europeo sta discutendo il Rapporto della euro-parlamentare Honeyball che ha come obiettivo la criminalizzazione dei clienti dei/lle lavoratori/trici del sesso. Tale tesi si basa sulle già note posizioni abolizionistiche, ovvero che nessuna donna sceglierebbe mai di prostitursi volontariamente. Da ciò deriva che il lavoro sessuale è sempre violenza, anche quando sei stata tu a decidere di intraprendertelo. La giustificazione di questa sovradeterminazione è la lotta alla tratta che viene usata per imporre una propria, personale, visione di ciò che sarebbe dignitoso o meno vendere.

Per saperne di più vi consiglio la lettura di questo post da cui copio-incollo la lettere che le organizzazioni dei/delle sex workers hanno scritto in risposta a tale rapporto (QUI trovate il pdf in inglese):

Risposta a proposito di quanto ha scritto Honeyball sulle 560 organizzazioni che si oppongono alla criminalizzazione dei clienti : “sono composti da papponi”.

Caro membro del Parlamento europeo ,
Questa mattina avete ricevuto una comunicazione dalla sig.ra Honeyball.
In questa e-mail, la sig.ra Honeyball suggerisce che le 560 organizzazioni che si oppongono alla sua relazione e alla criminalizzazione dei clienti, “sono in realtà le organizzazioni composte da magnaccia , ecc ..“
Riteniamo sia grave squalificare le voci di coloro che non condividono la sua ideologia definendoli come “protettori” (sfruttatori). Se la sua relazione si fosse basata su prove e sull’esperienza di tutti coloro che lavorano direttamente con i lavoratori del sesso e le vittime della tratta invece che sulla sua ideologia personale, lei non avrebbe avuto bisogno di ricorrere a questa accusa indegna contro centinaia di organizzazioni , accademici e altri professionisti – per il solo fatto che non sono d’accordo con le sue opinioni. Sottolineiamo il nucleo del nostro messaggio : “L’ideologia : no. Le prove: si.“

Siamo anche scioccati . Non ci saremmo mai aspettati che – per mancanza di argomenti – un rappresentante del Parlamento europeo avrebbe potuto abbassarsi ad attaccare l’integrità, la professionalità e il buon nome di una vasta rappresentanza della società civile in Europa.

Tra i firmatari , troverete infatti:

– La Strada International, una grande rete europea di organizzazioni anti-tratta el’Alleanza globale contro la tratta di donne (GAATW), un’alleanza di oltre 100 organizzazioni non governative provenienti da Africa, Asia, Europa , LAC e Nord America. Dalla dichiarazione di La Strada International, firmato da GAATW:

“I partner della LSI ONG Platform hanno sostenuto, in passato, per quasi due decenni, molte donne e uomini che erano vittime di tratta per l’industria del sesso. ( .. ) La criminalizzazione stigmatizza ed emargina i lavoratori di sesso sia nazionali e migranti e li priva degli strumenti per proteggersi dalla violenza e poter chiedere un risarcimento. Così si obbliga l’industria del sesso alla clandestinità, a restare più nascosta, e questo si traduce in meno accesso alla salute, assistenza sociale e legale per i lavoratori del sesso, con probabilità significativamente più basse di identificare le persone che sono state vittime di tratta “.

– Molte organizzazioni per i diritti delle donne, come Planned Parenthood Federation Europe e il German Women’s Council, che rappresenta 50 organizzazioni in Germania

– Organizzazioni che si occupano di HIV, come l’ Aids Action Europe e il Gruppo europeo di Aids Treatment.

– Reti che si occupano di esclusione sociale, come Correlations, e centinaia di fornitori di servizi (sociali) che lavorano ogni giorno con alcuni dei membri più vulnerabili e stigmatizzati delle nostre comunità: senzatetto, sex workers che lavorano in strada, tossicodipendenti , persone che vivono con l’HIV, migranti privi di documenti ….

Infine, la lettera è firmata dalle organizzazioni di sex workers che rappresentano la voci e le esperienze degli stessi sex workers. Le persone come Ms. Honeyball pretendono noi ci sentiamo beneficiati dalle sue proposte e da chi ha ascoltato e supporta il suo report.

L’elenco delle 560 ONG e organizzazioni della società civile chiariscono che molti professionisti che conoscono la realtà sul terreno sono invece contrari a quella relazione. La criminalizzazione, sia di chi vende i servizi sessuali o dell’acquirente, serve solo ad aumentare la vulnerabilità dei lavoratori del sesso e li espone ad abusi.

In qualità di rappresentante eletto del popolo, la sig.ra Honeyball dovrebbe accogliere con favore il coinvolgimento di un numero così elevato di organizzazioni della società civile nel dibattito. Questo è un principio fondamentale delle nostre società democratiche .

La mancanza di credibilità attualmente dunque riguarda la sig.ra Honeyball. Notevole poi il fatto che si dimentichi di dire che 70 docenti universitari hanno firmato una contro-relazione che dimostra la completa mancanza di prove dietro la sua relazione. Lei parla del coinvolgimento di una rete globale di ricercatori, ma in realtà il suo documento non fornisce elementi di prova circa l’impatto effettivo e positivo del modello svedese. Viene semplicemente reiterata una posizione ideologica che afferma che “la prostituzione dovrebbe essere abolita “, senza guardare alle conseguenze negative della criminalizzazione dei clienti, senza guardare e porre riparo alla perdita del reddito, senza fare attenzione alla maggiore vulnerabilità al virus HIV e alla stigmatizzazione ai danni dei/delle sex workers.

Esortiamo perciò i deputati a sostenere la risoluzione alternativa portata avanti dalla sig.ra Yannakoudakis (leggere la sua lettera aperta alla sig.ra Honeyball qui )

Cordiali saluti,

Luca Stevenson (Coordinatore dell’ICRSE)

The International Committee on the Rights of Sex Workers (www.sexworkeurope.org) in Europe – network of 59 organisations in 28 countries in Europe and Central Asia – and more than 560 NGOs listed in the letter.

Mentre i/le bigott@ strumentalizzano la lotta alla tratta per sovradeterminare chi, consapevolmente, sceglie il lavoro sessuale, mentre questo paese continua a perseguitare i/le sex worker colpendo una volta loro e una volta i clienti, il 22 febbraio a Barcellona, l’associazione Aprosex ha dato inizio ad un laboratorio/corso di 4 ore di ”Nozioni basiche per la professionalizzazione” per lavoratrici/tori sessuali.

La notizia me l’ha segnalata, poche settimane fa, un’amica/compagna, Mina, che mi ha anche tradotto la loro presentazione, che vi riporterò tra poche righe, così da poter avere più informazioni sui/lle organizzatori/trici di questa iniziativa, a nostro dire, fantastica. Il corso è aperto a tutte le persone che, non solo, già lavorano nel mondo del sesso a pagamento ma che stanno prendendo in considerazione la possibilità di iniziare a farlo.

Come per qualunque lavoro è importante informarsi e in questo caso capire anche ciò a cui si va incontro, perché, sfortunatamente, questa professione non è riconosciuta come tale in tutti i paese e spesso è soggetta ad una repressione e una stigmatizzazione molto pesanti per chi la esercita. Infatti i punti all’ordine del giorno sono stati:

Perché voglio dedicarmi alla prostituzione?

Insistendo … Voglio davvero essere prostituta?

Avete considerato gli svantaggi?

‘Mi sento pronto ad intraprendere questa professione?

Piccole e non “così piccoli” Consigli per sesso

  • Introduzione alla Stigma e le conseguenze psichiche
  • La professionalizzazione delle Sex Workers
  • Fondi e Piani di Risparmio
  • Finance e della Previdenza Sociale
  • Marketing per Sex Workers

Alla faccia di chi dice che sarebbero “sfruttatori/trici”. Con l’invito di diffondere la lettera su riportata, vi lascio alla presentazione, presente in lingua spagnola sul sito, e qui tradotta da Mina, che ringrazio ancora, dell’associzione Aprosex. Buona lettura!

“Nasce Aprosex, Associazione di Professionist* del Sesso, con vocazione a servizi e lavori in difesa dei diritti dei/lle lavorator* del sesso e la regolamentazione del lavoro sessuale Lo facciamo partendo dalla conoscenza diretta del fenomeno, giacchè le/i component* di Aprosex siamo tutt* professionist* del sesso a pagamento. Da diverse prospettive, diversi punti di vista, con lavoro orizzontale, solidarietà e la ferma credenza che il lavoro di squadra sia l’unica forma possibile per svolgere un lavoro solidale, cominciamo questo progetto con forza ed entusiasmo. Non ci dirigiamo solo a donne, o a uomini, o a trans, o a.. no! La nostra vocazione è più globale e vogliamo che sia l’ Associazione dove si possano sentire comode le persone che lavorano in strada, quelle che lo fanno in club o appartamenti, quelle che dividono gli spazi con altr*, così come quelle che lavorano per agenzie o sono indipendenti. Indistintamente dal sesso, dal modo di lavorare, dalle credenze… Così come non abbiamo nessuna intenzione di discriminare nessun* per il suo sesso, né per la sua sessualità. Tutt* ci dedichiamo allo stesso lavoro e questa è l’unica cosa importante: la somma degli sforzi e delle distinte opinioni. Le differenze non ci importano né poco né molto. La conoscenza e l’esperienza di ciascun* dei/lle professionist* del sesso a pagamento è l’unica cosa che perseguiamo per crescere come organizzazione e poter conoscere e condividere, di prima mano, le esperienze tra collegh* di professione. Lottando e lavorando unit* per la stessa causa. Quella per cui ci discriminano e ci biasimano. Quella per cui ci rendono invisibili e ci stigmatizzano. La nostra libertà di scegliere il lavoro sessuale. Lavoriamo, come già facciamo da anni, per quelli che consideriamo i nostri diritti, e questa volta vogliamo farlo dal lato professionale, unendo, tessendo, unificando opinioni, posizioni e sforzi affinchè il frutto che ne derivi sia sano e saporito. C’è molto da fare. Ma siamo in molt@ a lavorare nello stesso settore, quello del sesso a pagamento. Un lavoro che sì ci dà dignità come individui e sì ci apporta molta saggezza giorno dopo giorno. Quello per cui ci hanno insegnato a vergognarci, se lo facciamo, è quello di cui, nonostante tutto, ci sentiamo orgoglios*.”

http://sopravviverenonmibasta.wordpress.com/2014/02/24/lavoro-sessuale-tra-diffamzione-deille-abolizionist-e-laboratori-per-sex-workers/

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Spanish ‘prostitution for beginners’ workshop angers prominent feminists

€45 course spurred by increase in number of women becoming sex workers during Spain’s economic crisis, claim organisers

Sex workers protest in Barcelona

Sex workers wearing masks protest in Barcelona against the introduction of fines for those working on the street and for their clients. Photograph: Pau Barrena/Demotix/Corbis

An enterprising association of sex workers in Barcelona has angered some of Spain‘s most prominent feminists by offering an «intro toprostitution» course in response to what its members say is a growing number of women turning to sex work in the wake of Spain’s financial crisis.

At a cost of €45 (£37) a person, the four-hour intensive course for aspiring sex workers was held last month by the Asociación de Profesionales del Sexo, a group of eight sex workers who lobby for better rights for those in the industry.

All professionals need some training, explained course organiser Conxa Borrell, and sex work is no different. «This isn’t an easy profession. There is no other line of work in which you share such intimacy with someone,» she said.

The group’s efforts to normalise the profession have raised eyebrows before, such as last year’s sold-out «sex for women as taught by prostitutes» workshop.

Seven years as a sex worker have convinced Borrell that such courses can play a vital role in setting standards that could help professionalise the industry. «Media often portrays us as a piece of meat with eyes and three holes. It’s absolutely false.»

The course attracted 15 women from 22 to 50, said Borrell. Attendees included those who were considering the idea and others who had recently started in the industry and wanted more information.

Four hours was too little time, she said, to cover a list of topics such as dealing with the stigma of prostitution, sex tricks, filing tax returns and marketing. A second day will be held this month because of high demand. «Nobody else can teach these things,» said Borrell. «Not psychologists, anthropologists or political scientists – only prostitutes.»

While no statistics exist to back the group’s claim, Borrell said the course was spurred by the rising number of women becoming sex workers during Spain’s economic crisis.

«We’re at an impasse where people are unemployed, and they still have to pay their mortgages and feed their children,» she said. «This is a line of work that many women feel they can do.»

In 2007, after her husband’s business went under, Borrell found herself in the same situation. One night as she was washing dishes, she heard a news story mention some sex workers in Spain were making €200 a day, and decided to try it out. «I knew absolutely nothing about it,» she said. «I didn’t know where to take my clients, I had no idea where to meet them. I didn’t know how much to charge them.»

Some of Spain’s most prominent feminists are to meet politicians this week to discuss their concerns, said Lidia Falcón, founder of the Partido Feminista de España. «We want to know if the association holding the course is receiving any public funds. And we want to know if our politicians agree that prostitution should be promoted as an alternative to unemployment.»

As in many countries, the issue of prostitution has polarised Spain’s feminist community, with groups torn as to whether it should be legal or not, said Falcón. Prostitution in Spain exists in a sort of legal limbo; while not illegal, it is not regulated in any way. Authorities in Barcelona have introduced fines for clients and sex workers working on the street, and Madrid is planning to do the same.

A 2007 parliamentary report on prostitution – the latest figures available for the sector – estimated that there were about 400,000 sex workers in Spain in an industry that generated €50m a day.

Falcón has spent years fighting to have prostitution made illegal in Spain. «Now the last straw is that a group is giving courses to women to become prostitutes,» she said.

The problem with the course lies in its underlying suggestion that some women are working in the profession out of their own free will, Falcón said. «It’s a false, repugnant discussion about liberty, as if being a prostitute is something you can choose to do because you like it. They say they’re helping women, but they’re just helping them to be exploited and humiliated.»

That feminist groups would be their toughest opposition has surprised Cristina Garaizábal, a psychologist with 30 years of experience who helped Borrell teach last month’s course. «They complain that women are being victimised, but then they’re against any effort by prostitutes to increase their autonomy and decision-making power,» said Garaizábal.

She rejected the attempt by feminists to compare course attendees and women who were being forced into prostitution. «You can’t put them all in the same bag. Women who are being trafficked absolutely didn’t not come to this course,» Garaizábal said. «The only thing that this course is doing is empowering women who are already interested in working in the sector.»

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/03/spanish-prostitution-workship-angers-feminists-spain-economic-crisis

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Lara: I’m a sex worker – don’t take away my livelihood

The ‘Big Brothel’ report paints women in my industry as victims. Some may be – but to generalise is patronising and offensive

«Sex for £15» and other such findings, including on the availability of unprotected sex, have made the headlines after the release of the Big Brothel report, the culmination of the Poppy Project’s research into off-street prostitution. Due to the fact that such «findings» have been reported out of context – for example, only in 2% of cases was unprotected sex on offer, as highlighted in Diane Taylor’s brilliant article Really lifting the lid? – all this report has served to do is to paint a very bleak picture of the off-street sex scene which any socially-conscious individual would quite rightfully abhor.

There are many problems with the report, not least the fact that the research was conducted by male researchers posing as prospective clients. Given this, such findings as the average age of the women being 21 have to be taken with a large pinch of salt. It is not unheard of for women in their 30s to be «advertised» as being 21. At the very least, knocking five years off a woman’s age is accepted as an industry standard; thus, adding five years to the woman’s advertised age will give a more accurate picture. Furthermore, the report found that 75 different ethnicities were «on offer». I don’t doubt this is true, but parlours have been known to try to pass off Thai women as Japanese, to give but one example. I would suggest that, knowing the industry as I do, the actual number of women of different ethnicities on offer is somewhat smaller.

Somewhat predictably, the Big Brothel report also slams the likes of the ITV2 series Secret Diary of a Call Girl as depicting an unrealistic, glamorous off-street sex industry quite removed from the reality. But can a group of male researchers posing as clients, conducting telephone research and not even visiting the brothels in question, really claim to have uncovered the truth about «what is going on» in the industry?

I am an off-street sex worker. I don’t live a Belle de Jour-type existence, but nor am I the trafficked/drug-addled/pimped victim the Big Brothel report would have you believe. The reality of my working life lies somewhere between the two.

I feel obliged to state at this point that I have a good degree from a good university, as so many people assume we do this job because we are poor, uneducated souls. I say «we» because I am not alone – I know many, many women who work the length and breadth of the UK in the same way as I do. I cannot speak for all these women, of course, and I do not intend to try to do so, but suffice it to say that my situation is not an unusual one.

So, what is my situation? I am a single mother with two young children aged 4 and 6. Prior to doing this job – and it is a job – I was employed as a PA in a large, city-based firm. My job was a typical 9-to-5 – which, as everyone who has ever worked in such a job will know, means 7:30am to 6:30pm by the time you take into consideration travelling and (unpaid) overtime. I was dropping my children off at breakfast club at 8am and collecting them at 6pm, by which time we would all be completely knackered. The children go to bed at 7:30pm, meaning we were left with precisely 90 minutes to prepare and eat our evening meal, have baths, get ready for bed and read bedtime stories. It was like we were living in a whirlwind. I felt I never saw my kids – let’s face it, I didn’t (much) – there was certainly never much time for playing or talking or simply just sitting cuddling on the sofa. The guilt was getting to me. I was unhappy. I hoped they weren’t, but I was never sure. Yet, despite the long hours I spent away from home, I was earning just enough to make ends meet. Sure I could pay the mortgage, but we’d never had a family holiday. By the time my monthly pay packet came around, I would have literally just a few pounds in the bank.

It was by no means a desperate existence – we always had enough food, and the house was always heated – but it was quite empty from my point of view. My children are fantastic human beings and I wanted to spend more time in their company without us suffering financially, it was as simple as that. I wanted a job which would allow me to work flexible hours to fit around the children’s schooling, fewer hours, but without taking the drop in wages which a part-time office job would have lead to. Escorting seemed like the natural solution. I say «natural» because it felt natural to me. I am well aware that this is not a job everybody could do. But as a sexually-aware and sexually-experienced woman in her mid-30s, the thought of having sex with strangers did not terrify me. I remember thinking that I might even enjoy it (and that has proved to be the case).

I work from a flat on which I pay the mortgage – I do not have any landlord to worry about. I charge £150 per hour and I get enough enquiries to enable me to choose my own working hours. In a typical day I drop my children off at school at 9am, return home, shower and get changed into my alter-ego, Lara (we never use our own names). I then might have an hour’s appointment at 11am and another at 1pm, leaving me with a break of an hour in between to shower and refresh myself. I then fetch myself a late lunch and am at the school again to collect my children at 3:30pm. It works. I never see more than two clients a day; most days I see only one; on other days none at all. Yet in just three hours’ work I can earn the same as I used to earn in a week working at the office.

Such is the taboo of sex work, that it is difficult to tell anybody what I do for a living. These taboos are created and exacerbated by reports in the media of all prostitutes being drug addicts and «dirty». Promiscuity amongst women is still deemed to be something to be frowned upon. In order to make excuses for our behaviour (because excuses have to be made, of course – no «normal» woman would choose prostitution for a living) reports such as Big Brothel promote the victim status of prostitutes, making such sweeping generalisations such as «if the women do not have pimps as such, their money will likely go to fund their coping strategies, such as drugs and alcohol». I find such a statement both patronising and offensive. I do not have a pimp, and nor do I feel the need for «coping strategies». I am not au fait with drugs and drink only on social occasions. Contrary to what Big Brothel would have you believe, my money pays the mortgage and bills; it pays my income tax and national insurance; it buys food and clothing for my family and, this summer, it paid for the first holiday my children have ever known.

My clients are on the whole middle-aged businessmen. I have never been treated with anything less than respect by any one of them. I have not been physically or sexually abused by any of them. Of course I have my security systems in place should anything go wrong, but so far nothing has. My children have their mother now, and not just on a part-time basis. I have time with them to enjoy their childhoods, without any of us suffering financially. I am not making big bucks – but I am earning a little more money to boot.

Big Brothel calls for the purchase of sex acts to be criminalised, in order to stem what it calls the «rise in demand for prostitution» which, it asserts, «fuels trafficking». The report does not seem to take into consideration that the type of people who benefit from trafficking, be it for prostitution or otherwise, are likely to pay scant regard to the law; as, indeed, are the men who wish to purchase sex from trafficked women. Criminalisation would only serve to drive the industry further underground, leaving the women who are victims of trafficking even more vulnerable.

Conversely, making criminals of all men who pay for sex would result in myself and thousands of other women who choose to work in this industry becoming unemployed, and thus instead of contributing to the state (through our taxes) we would be taking from the state in the form of income support, housing benefit and so on. This is how we make a living; it’s an industry that prevents many, many women and their children from living on the breadline. If you are going to take our livelihoods from us, the consequences will be devastating.

Fuente: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2008/sep/17/women.gender

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