Support for Sex Workers as Occupational Support

Ursula Probst

This research investigates sex workers’ opinions on support services in Berlin, Germany. In Berlin, support services for sex workers range from financial, health and legal support to psychosocial counselling and support with issues of migration, etc. Most are carried out by social workers at NGOs targeted at sex workers. While some of these NGOs advocate for sex worker rights, many aim to ‘rescue’ sex workers and to abolish sex work. The researcher concludes there is a discrepancy between support services demand and supply. This article was published in Research for Sex Work 14: Sex Work is Work.

Contents include:

  • Support within the sex work debate
  • Support services in Berlin
  • Ethnographic research into sex worker views
  • Discrepancies between demand and supply of support services

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