Human Cost of Criminalizing Sex Work in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Amnesty International

Amnesty International has published their research entitled "What I'm Doing is not a Crime": The Human Cost of Criminalizing Sex Work in the city of Buenos Aires, Argentina to accompany their Policy on State Obligations to Respect, Protect, and Fulfil the Human Rights of Sex Workers. Although sex work is not a crime in Argentina, sex workers, clients, and third parties are penalised through communication laws and anti-trafficking laws. Their reseach shows that the existence and enforcement of the criminal legal framework around sex work in Buenos Aires has led to human rights abuses and violations against sex workers by police, state officials and medical providers. 

Contents include:

  • Executive Summary;
  • Background;
  • Sex work and human rights violations: the impact of criminalization 
  • International human rights affected by criminalization of sex work in Buenos Aires;
  • 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 Argentina, and the violations of rights occuring there.

You can download this 56 page PDF above. This resource is in English, An excutive summary is available here.