Despite decades of advocacy by sex workers & allies, ongoing criminalization of sex work and occupational stigma hinder sex workers’ ability to collectivize & access support services. “Community participation” has been shown to enhance sex workers’ occupational health, safety & wellbeing around the globe.
Sex workers globally have faced disproportionate health and social inequities primarily caused by high levels of criminalization, policing, stigma and limited investment in community-based sex work support services.
End-demand sex work laws are informed by myths, misinformation and the conflation of sex work with sex trafficking.
Most service industries include third party systems. In sex work, third parties can be receptionists, managers/venue owners, advertisers, website providers, drivers, housekeepers, spotters and security guards, etc. However, unlike in other industries, sex work third parties are criminalized and stigmatized. End-demand sex work laws are informed by myths, misinformation and the conflation of sex work with sex trafficking. This cycle of criminalization and stigmatization amplifies dangers for sex workers and hinder sex workers’ access to occupational health and safety.
Sex workers who use drugs face significant barriers to harm reduction resources as both sex work and drug use are criminalized. This AESHA Project Infographic summarizes the harms of policing and criminalization for sex workers who use drugs.
CGSHE's Bronwyn McBride and Drs. Shira Goldenberg, Andrea Krüsi and Kate Shannon on behalf of the AESHA Project provided evidence-based recommendations to the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) on the Draft General Recommendation on trafficking of women and girls in the context of global migration (TWGCGM).