European Sex Workers Rights Alliance - ESWA (formerly ICRSE)

Contact email

We are located at:

Van Diemenstraat 194 * 1013 CP Amsterdam, The Netherlands 

Telephone: +31206931300

Who do you work with?

ICRSE work with sex workers of all genders, migration or HIV status working in every sector of the sex industry.

How are sex workers involved in your organisation?

The majority of ESWA board members are sex workers. Sex workers can be individual members of ESWA and sex worker led organisations can be members too. Sex workers can communicate through the mailing list and interacvtive website.

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

Sex workers in our region face high levels of stigmatisation, discsimination and violence. Several legal frameworks exist in our region: from "legalised" environment, criminalisation of clients or third parties, or criminalisation of sex workers. Sex workers have very diffcult access to justice and in some parts of our region to health services. Migrants and trans sex workers face particularly high levels of violence and discimination.

Describe other areas of your work

ESWA strives to raise awareness about the social exclusion of female, male and transgender sex workers in Europe, to promote the human and civil rights of all sex workers at national, regional and global levels and to create strong alliances between sex workers, allies and other civil society organisations.

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