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ICRSE launches new resource: ‘Policing and detention of sex workers in Europe and Central Asia’

To mark the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers (IDEVASW) observed by the global sex worker movement on 17 December every year, ICRSE is launching an infographic to highlight the trends of policing and detention of sex workers in Europe and Central Asia. The brief document highlights the detrimental effects of sex work criminalisation and accompanying repressive policing.

According to new research led by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), sex workers who had been exposed to repressive policing (such as recent arrest, prison, displacement from a workplace, extortion or violence by officers) had a three times higher chance of experiencing sexual or physical violence by anyone, for example, a client, a partner, or someone posing as a client. They were also twice as likely to have HIV and/or other sexually transmitted infections (STIs), compared with sex workers who had avoided repressive policing practices.The research is groundbreaking as it is the first systematic review to examine the impacts of criminalisation on sex workers’ safety, health, and access to services. Data included in the review came from 33 countries, including the UK.

Please share the infographic below and join ICRSE in demanding that governments and abolitionist groups stop ignoring the evidence in favour of sex work decriminalisation.


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