Harmfully Isolated: Criminalizing Sex Work in Hong Kong

Amnesty International

Amnesty International has published their research entitled Harmfully Isolated: Criminalizing Sex Work in Hong Kong to accompany their Policy on State Obligations to Respect, Protect, and Fulfil the Human Rights of Sex Workers. Sex work itself is not illegal in Hong Kong, but many activities surrounding sex work are included solicitation, owning or being found in a brothel, and living off the earnings of a sex worker. Amnesty International found that police violate the human rights of sex workers by abusing them, and using their power against them.

Since sex workers in Hong Kong do not have access to police protection, they are also more vulnerable to abuse from perpetrators.

Contents include:

  • Executive summary;
  • Methodology;
  • Sex work in Hong Kong;
  • Policing of sex work;
  • Immigration as a means of prohibiting sex work;
  • Crimes and other abuses by clients;
  • Hong Kong laws;
  • International laws and standards;
  • Conclusions and recommendations

This resource is useful for all sex workers, sex workers' rights advocates, and allies interested in learning about the regulation of sex work in Hong Kong, and the violations of rights occuring there.

You can download this 70 page PDF above. This resource is in English. An excutive summary is available here.