This Briefing Note outlines the key areas within social protection systems that must be addressed in order to meet the needs of sex workers.
Globally, sex workers are excluded from financial systems, housing, and public services that would support economic security and independence, and labour protections that are the rights of other workers. This is driven by criminalisation, discrimination and stigma, and creates social exclusion and economic marginalisation. This Briefing Note also outlines the roles of sex worker-led groups in fostering appropriate social protection for sex workers, and highlights the need for policies and programmes to uphold the human rights of sex workers and promote their autonomy and agency.
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