All these resources address violence that sex workers experience, either as its main topic or as part of a broader focus. Please stop saying sex worker activists ignore violence or exploitation or trafficking – we are the people who experience these things, after all! That’s why we want decriminalisation. That’s why we oppose stigma and discrimination.
Sex workers speak. Who listens?
Book by academic researchers
“This volume addresses the violence, exploitation, abuse, and trafficking present in the sex industries, but it does so from the perspective of sex workers themselves. These are the women, men, and transgender people who are directly touched by the abuse, exploitation, and trafficking under discussion, and they are the people who actively and collectively resist all forms of violence against them. By publishing their voices directly we hope to help readers resist indifference, on the one hand, and to become more critical of states’ interventions, which are widely regarded and legitimated as necessary to combat ‘trafficking’, on the other.”
The situation of national and migrant sex workers in Europe today
Briefing Paper by TAMPEP
“To fight against violations and abuse within the sex industry, EU member states have
Underserved. Overpoliced. Invisibilised. LGBT sex workers do matter
Report by ICRSE
“Sex work is a multi-gendered phenomenon, and sex workers of all genders and sexual orientations offer sexual services and are actively involved in the sex workers’ rights movement. Sex workers and LGBT people have long shared a common history: for instance, trans sex workers of colour have been among the main driving forces in the LGBT movement, as in the case of the Stonewalls riots, celebrated and commemorated all over the globe during Pride events. Since the 19th century, both female sex workers and lesbians have been treated as deviants and asocial women, differing from “normal women”, who engage in heterosexual sex taking place within marriage and for reproduction. The histories of gay and sex worker communities are also intertwined: sex workers and gay men have traditionally been part of the same subcultures, for instance places frequented by gay men were often the same places where sex work occurred.”
FAILURES OF JUSTICE: State and Non-State Violence Against Sex Workers and the Search for Safety and Redress
Research Report by SWAN
“This publication is about sex workers’ experiences of state and non-state violence, and hindered attempts to access justice in Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia. The study was undertaken in sixteen countries of our region, with local research teams comprised of sex workers and allies joining efforts. It provides an insight on how stigma and the criminalization of sex work enables daily violence and repression that sex workers face from police and non-state actors. This entails barriers to accessing legal aid and justice, as well as harm reduction, health or social services.”
The Principles for Model Sex Work Legislation
Resource by Scarlet Alliance
“The Principles for Model Sex Work Legislation comprehensively outline core principles in sex work law reform. They act as an integral source of information and reference for politicians, government bodies, advocates, health providers, community sectors, current and potential sex workers, and sex industry owners and managers. These Principles have been developed by sex workers. They are the outcome of a five-stage consultation process with the Scarlet Alliance membership, including sex workers from a range of organisations and locations and with diverse experiences and backgrounds. The purpose of this process was to ensure the Principles reflect the voices, needs, objectives and consensus of sex workers in Australia. Putting sex workers voices at the centre of policy is a key step in creating law reform that is ethical, effective and sustainable. The Principles reflect contemporary research, literature and personal experiences, and are essential for anyone engaging in law reform or advocacy on sex work issues.”