Governments, donors, NGOs and international agencies have lots of ideas and policies about and for sex workers. They variously aim to maintain public order and morals, protect health and prevent exploitationand abuse. Sex workers across the globe have characterised many of them as patronizing, unhelpful or outright dangerous and complain that they entrench poverty, create unsafe working conditions and enable violence. Strong cases have been made for decriminalisation of sex work, policies that support economic emancipation and health and welfare programmes grounded in human rights. But are the solutions that easy?
- Cheryl Overs, Institute of Development Studies –‘What I learned by compiling a global map of sex work law’
- Dr Pauline Oosterhoff, Institute of Development Studies – ‘Digital stories: Sex workers access to HIV services in Kenya’
- Dr Nicola Mai, Kingston University – ‘Sex work and trafficking, complex human rights issues’
- Hannah Watts, Global Studies Sussex University – ‘What Indian sex workers say about sex work poverty and the law’
This event is free.