Berufsvertretung Sexarbeit Österreich (BSÖ)

Who do you work with?

Anyone who is or was a sex worker can become a member with us. We do not differentiate between male, female or transgender sex workers.

How are sex workers involved in your organisation?

We are an association that only consists of sex workers.

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

Too high prices for renting rooms in brothels, sex work as a still stigmatized profession and therefore the problem of not being able to come out publicly, inhomogeneous legislation and therefore different regulations in the federal states, furthermore, a very high percentage (>80%) of sex workers with a migration background who have additional problems due to their language barriers.

Describe other areas of your work

We plan to do for example puplic relations work, workshops for sexworkers, information campaigns, making sexual assistance for old or disabled people socially acceptable, supporting social network of members of our organsiation.