Smart Guide: Rights-Affirming International Policies Relating to Sex Work


In recent years a growing number of international organisations have released policies, guidance and recommendations that promote the rights of sex workers and advocate for the full decriminalisation of sex work. It can be difficult for sex workers and sex workers’ rights activists to maintain an awareness of the many policies and recommendations that now exist. The purpose of this Smart Guide is to provide an accessible introduction to these rights-affirming international policies and recommendations on sex work, as well as to explore how international human rights law can be used in sex workers’ rights activism.

  • International NGOs
    • Amnesty International
    • Human Rights Watch
    • Women’s Rights Organisations​
    • LGBT Rights Organisations
    • Anti-trafficking organisations
    • Medical organisations
  • UN Organisations, Treaties and Bodies
    • UN agencies and their support for the decriminalisation of sex work
    • SWIT
    • International Labour Organization
    • UN Human Rights Bodies
  • Human Rights Law
    • Regional human rights treaties
  • Conclusion

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