Czech Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence

Who do you work with?

We work with sex workers of all genders. We fight for decriminalisation of sex work, human rights and safety of the sex workers. We try to beat the stigmatisation of sex work, we publish articles or comment articles that are stereotyping sex work in the media. We also offer counselling in a non-judgemental environment.

How are sex workers involved in your organisation?

Since we don’t have any sex worker only collective in the Czech Republic, they started to gather in our organisation. We have sex workers on the board of our organisation and sex workers volunteering in community work and consulting.

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

1. Stigmatisation: going from fear to confess how they earn their life to oppression from public administration, non recognition of sex work as work
2. legal oppression: since sex work in the Czech Republic is in a grey zone, sex workers can’t work together and are often isolated.

Describe other areas of your work

Public health - Prevention of HIV and STIs
Destigmatisation of people living with HIV
Prevention in users of ChemSex