May Day: ICRSE launches Community Report on Exploitation in the sex industry
This Community Report aims to engage in the discussion over exploitation in the sex industry, while simultaneously challenging the neo-abolitionist definition of sex work (or ‘prostitution’) as ‘sexual exploitation’. It argues that this approach obscures the complex realities of sex workers’ lives and work arrangements, and in consequence fails to address the diversity of exploitative working practices that do occur in the sex industry. Both sex work, as form of work and income-generating activity, and exploitation in the sex industry, so labour arrangements that enable one person to take unfair advantage of the work of another person, belong to the realm of work and should be viewed and analysed through the lens of labour. This is to say that only by focusing on sex workers’ working conditions, employment practices and arrangements under which sexual services are sold and exchanged can we come to a better understanding of and challenge exploitation in sex industry.
The Community Report also includes recommendations for sex workers' collectives and allies, including trade unionists to combat exploitation in the sex industry as well as examples of exploitative practices as experienced by sex workers in different settings, countries and legal frameworks.
To access and read the Report, click here or on the cover below.
To access and read the Summary Report, click here.
Confronting myths and realities of exploitation in sex work
‘Sexual exploitation’ and the law
Identifying exploitation in the sex industry
Absent benefits and protections
Hazardous working conditions
Disentangling links between exploitation and criminalisation