STRASS (Syndicat du TRAvail Sexuel)

Who do you work with?

STRASS is a trade union for male, female and transgender sex workers. We do not accept within our membership employers and managers of the sex industry.

How are sex workers involved in your organisation?

Sex workers are involved at all levels of the trade union. Only sex workers can vote and be elected within our board and take decisions.

Which of NSWP priority areas does your organisation work on?
Oppose the criminalisation and other legal oppression of sex work and support its recognition as work
Critique the trafficking paradigm that conflates representations of sex work, migration, and mobility
Advocate for universal access to health services, including primary health care, HIV and sexual and reproductive health services
Speak out about violence against sex workers, including violence from police, institutions, clients, and intimate partners, while challenging the myth that sex work is inherently gender-based violence
Oppose human rights abuses, including coercive programming, mandatory testing, raids and forced rehabilitation
Challenge stigma and discrimination against sex workers, their families and partners, and others involved in sex work
Advocate for the economic empowerment and social inclusion of sex workers as sex workers
What are the two main challenges that the sex workers you work with face

The main challenges are the criminalisation of the sex industry and its stigma. We fear a future plan of government customer criminalisation.

Describe other areas of your work

STRASS promotes sex workers' self organisation. For example, STRASS will support Trans people's rights, migrants' rights, harm reduction and decriminalisation drugs, LGBTQ rights, women rights, etc..