Amnesty International Policy on Sex Work

Amnesty International

Amnesty International has published their Policy on State Obligations to Respect, Protect, and Fulfil the Human Rights of Sex Workers. Amnesty International calls for the decriminalisation of all aspects of adult consensual sex work including all laws which criminalise sex workers, clients, and third parties. Amnesty International also calls for the end of the discriminatory enforcement of other laws against sex workers, such as vagrancy, loitering, and immigration requirements.

Contents include:

  • Amnesty International policy in brief;
  • Related Amnesty International positions;
  • Terminology;
  • Intersectional Discrimination structural inequalities;
  • Law and policy development by governments;
  • Entry into sex work;
  • Participation in sex work;
  • Leaving sex work;
  • Human trafficking.

This resource is useful for all sex workers, sex workers' rights advocates and allies advocating for the decriminalisation of sex work. Amnesty International joins Amnesty International joins The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS)UNFPA, WHOUNDPHuman Rights Watch, the Global Commission on HIV and the Lawthe World BankOpen Society Foundations, the Global Network of People Living with HIV, the Global Forum on MSM and HIV, the International Women’s Health Coalition, the Association for Women in Development, the American Jewish World Service, the Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women (GAATW)The Lancet, The Global Fund for Women, the Elton John Foundation and the International Community of Women Living with HIV in the call for the decriminalisation of sex work.

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