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Sex work: a joint interview with Morgane Merteuil and Thierry Schaffauser

In this joint interview, Morgane Merteuil and Thierry Schaffauser, sex worker activists, elucidate the stakes of this fight to call prostitution « sex work ». Based on their activist and professional experience, they offer a definition of sex work from the workers’ ways of saying and ways of doing.

Source: Tracés, revue de sciences humaines

Justice denied for Kemal Ördek in Turkey

On 24 May 2017, the divisional court in Ankara overturned a conviction for sexual assault of human rights defender, Kemal Ördek. Instead the three perpetrators were sentenced to seven years and six months imprisonment for the charge of ‘aggravated burglary.’ The man previously convicted and sentenced for the sexual assault was acquitted.

Source: AWID

Justice denied for Kemal Ördek in Turkey

On 24 May 2017, the divisional court in Ankara overturned a conviction for sexual assault of human rights defender, Kemal Ördek. Instead the three perpetrators were sentenced to seven years and six months imprisonment for the charge of ‘aggravated burglary.’ The man previously convicted and sentenced for the sexual assault was acquitted.

Source: AWID

Justice denied for Kemal Ördek in Turkey

On 24 May 2017, the divisional court in Ankara overturned a conviction for sexual assault of human rights defender, Kemal Ördek. Instead the three perpetrators were sentenced to seven years and six months imprisonment for the charge of ‘aggravated burglary.’ The man previously convicted and sentenced for the sexual assault was acquitted.

Source: AWID

Fact sheets about sex work

Sex Workers Education and Advocacy Taskforce (SWEAT) publishes a series of fact sheets clarifying the messages around sex workers' rights.

Sex work: The release of report is too little, too late

Sex workers and sex worker organisations have been waiting for almost a decade for the release of the SALRC report on project 107 dealing with Adult Prostitution, “not because we trusted the results of the process, but because we thought it would at least push forward law reform on sex work” Said Ishtar Lakhani, SWEAT Advocacy Manager.

Source: Sex Workers Education and Advocacy Taskforce (SWEAT)

Sex workers: Not victims

"Based on my personal ideas and feelings, I assumed that sex work was not a job that anyone would ever choose to do. I imagined that most people working in the sex industry must have been forced somehow. I have learned that my assumptions are not always right."

Source: The Red Umbrella Fund

Working with Refugees Engaged in Sex Work: A Guidance Note for Humanitarians

The Guidance Note lays out 14 steps for taking a rights-based approach to working with refugees engaged in sex work. The main audience is humanitarian actors operating at the global and field levels.

Call for UN Women to Meaningfully Consult Sex Workers

Call on UN Women to engage in a meaningful consultation with sex workers in developing their policy on sex work and ensure their sex work policy respects, protects and fulfils the human rights of sex workers and recognises the agency and self-determination of sex workers.

Source: Manifesta Read more

Feminism Needs Sex Workers. Sex Workers Need Feminism. For a Sex Worker Inclusive Women's Rights Movement.

This ICRSE briefing paper is intended to serve as a tool for sex workers, activists from the women's rights movement and policy makers to understand the diversity and complexity of sex workers' lives and social struggles.