Empower Thailand CEDAW Shadow Report

Empower Thailand

Empower Foundation Thailand submitted this shadow report to the 67th CEDAW session, which took place in July 2017. The report focuses on raids against entertainment industry establishments, which are perpetuated by the conflation of sex work and trafficking. The report details entrapment and police violence during raids, as well as lack of access to a fair trial, labour protections, and health for Thai sex workers. A detailed report on their experiences engaging with the CEDAW committee is also available here.

The report generated a notably strong recommendation from the CEDAW committee, urging the Thai government to “decriminalize women in prostitution,” “immediately end the practice of violent raids of entertainment venues, entrapment operations and extortion, and hold individual police officers accountable for their involvement in such activities” and “[e]nsure the full application of labour laws and social benefits in all enterprises in the entertainment sector…”

Contents Include:

  • Executive summary
  • Recommendations in brief
  • Legal context
  • Impacts of the Prostitution Act
  • Neglect of labour/employment protection
  • Appendices

Their submission is useful for sex workers who are interested in submitting their own report to CEDAW once their own country is reviewed. It is also useful for those interested in learning more about raids against and the human rights situation of Thai sex workers.

You can download this 18 page PDF above. This resource is available in English.