Association of Hungarian Sex Workers SZEXE

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Who do you work with?

We work with female, male and trans sex workers either working in Hungary or of Hungarian origin working abroad.

How are sex workers involved in your organisation?

Sex workers are involved in the Supervisory Board (it consists of 3 sex workers), the Presidential Board, the General Assembly and staff. Sex workers are involved in the strategic planning of the Association’s activities in every phase (planning, implementation, feedback, monitoring, and evaluation) and determining the actual priorities and long-term aims.

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 government allows sex work as long as sex workers comply with the criteria set forth within the law (renewal of health certificate every three months, possession of individual entrepreneur license and respecting protected zones). If not, sex workers can be fined and detained. However, these criteria are often vague, overly broad and arbitrarily enforced by police and judges.

Describe other areas of your work

Legal aid and strategic litigation, media advocacy, trainings with and for sex workers, health prevention services.