Global News/Campaigns

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SWAI - Sex Workers Alliance Ireland

SWAI are currently campaigning against the continuation of the Sexual Offences Law (2017) which resulted in the sex buyers' law or Swedish model, being adopted by the Republic of Ireland. There is currently a review process by the Government focusing on how the law has achieved and not achieved its aims.

SWAI state it has succeeded in prosecuting young migrant sex workers working together for safety; it has failed to lead to the arrests of traffickers; it has succeeded in increasing violence against sex workers by 92%; it has failed to decrease the number of people in sex work; it has succeeded in distancing sex workers from supports including Gardaí; it has failed to increase sex workers trust in the Gardaí (there was a near 20% decrease in workers who wished their reports of crime or violence to be passed on to Gardaí). It has not made Ireland a safer place for sex workers. It has failed.

SWAI are putting together their submission for the sex work review law, the deadline is the 11th September. Sex workers can complete their survey here to be included in their submission. Has your clients’ behaviour changed since the law changed?

Or take the Department of Justice survey here.

Watch a video here by Open Society Foundations where Kate, the director of SWAI, explains why Decriminalization—the removal of criminal penalties for buying and selling sex—is key to protecting sex workers from abuse and exploitation, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Red Umbrella Fund provides funding to sex worker-led organisations and networks that are:

  • based in any country in the world;

  • registered or unregistered;

  • led by women, men and/or trans

Applications are now open, apply below:

Decrim Now

Decrim Now are calling on the UK government to support the full decriminalisation of sex work.

Campaign statement here.

Amnesty International policy on state obligations to respect, protect and fulfil the human rights of sex workers (2016)

This policy has been developed in recognition of the high rates of human rights abuses experienced globally by individuals who engage in sex work; a term that Amnesty International uses only in regard to consensual exchanges between adults. It identifies the most prominent barriers to the realization of sex workers’ human rights and underlines states’ obligations to address them.

Read the policy here.

The Global Network of Sex Work Projects (NSWP) exists to uphold the voice of sex workers globally and connect regional networks advocating for the rights of female, male, and transgender sex workers.

Website here.

International Committee on the Rights of Sex Workers in Europe

A sex worker-led network representing 103 organisations led by or working with sex workers in 32 countries in Europe and Central Asia, as well as more than 150 individuals including sex workers, academics, trade unionists, human-rights advocates, and women's rights and LGBT+ rights activists. Website here.

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