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Matthias Lehmann

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Researcher and Activist

Location

City / Town: 
Belfast
Country: 
United Kingdom (UK)

Basic Information

Member type: 
Individual
(ex)Sex Worker: 
No
About: 
Starting from 2008, through the research for my graduate thesis, I became aware of the collateral damages caused by anti-trafficking and anti-prostitution legislation, in particular where sex workers and migrants are concerned. After a period of field work in Thailand in 2010 and 2011, I launched an independent research project in the fall of 2011 to add to the knowledge about the experiences of sex workers in South Korea, where I had previously lived and studied for several years. After concluding a 12-months research period in South Korea, I returned to my home town, Berlin, where I continued my research and organised and participated in events related to sex workers’ rights. I document most of my research and other activities online via a blog and social media sites, which helped me establish an active exchange with sex workers all over the world. I strongly support the principle “Nothing about us without us”, i.e. that no sex work-related policies should be decided without the full and direct participation of sex workers. I hold a B.A. in Korean Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS, University of London) and an M.A. in International Relations from the Graduate Institute of Peace Studies (GIP, Kyung Hee University).
Sex Worker Rights Connections: 
I am the initiator of Research Project Korea, an independent research project into the impact of South Korea’s Anti-Sex Trade Laws on sex workers’ human rights. [1] In 2012, I participated as a delegate at the Sex Workers' Freedom Festival in Kolkata. [2] In July 2013, I organised the Berlin Protest to End Violence against Sex Workers in collaboration with ICRSE and then newly founded German sex worker organisation BesD. The event was also supported by Hydra e.V., a meeting place and counselling centre for sex workers. In the run-up to the global protests, I joined ICRSE Coordinator Luca Stevenson, Violet X Rose, and Eithne Crowe (all members of Sex Worker Open University's Glasgow branch) to create and update the official blog for the International Day of Protest against the violent Abuse and Murders of Sex Workers. [3] In November 2013, I co-organised a protest against anti-prostitution activist Alice Schwarzer in collaboration with the BseD and Hydra e.V. [4] From its creation up until October 2013, I was a member of Sex Work Research, a repository of writing on sex work, including academic research, organizational reports, media reports, and independent research. [5] In December 2013, I co-organised a symposium about the German Prostitution Act in Berlin. A subtitled video with highlights is available online. [6] In February 2014, I wrote a counter-report to the Honeyball Report with valuable input from Dr Jay Levy, Dr Nicola Mai and Dr Jane Pitcher, which was signed by over 94 academics. [7] In October 2014, I joined sex worker activists in Belfast for the first-ever sex worker protest in Northern Ireland. [8] Since 2014, I publish articles about sex work regulations in Germany on the Research Project Germany blog, incl. interviews with sex workers. [9] [1] [2] https://vimeo.com/album/2022542 [3] http://jasmineanddora.wordpress.com [4] https://youtu.be/9nTi2We59QQ [5] http://sexworkresearch.wordpress.com [6] http://vimeo.com/86953769 [7] http://www.sexworkeurope.org/campaigns/tell-european-parliament-vote-against-criminalisation-clients/critique-report-prostitution [8] http://wp.me/p294H2-197 [9] http://researchprojectgermany.wordpress.com

Public Activism

Media contact: 
Yes
Sex Worker Rights Connections: 
I am the initiator of Research Project Korea, an independent research project into the impact of South Korea’s Anti-Sex Trade Laws on sex workers’ human rights. [1] In 2012, I participated as a delegate at the Sex Workers' Freedom Festival in Kolkata. [2] In July 2013, I organised the Berlin Protest to End Violence against Sex Workers in collaboration with ICRSE and then newly founded German sex worker organisation BesD. The event was also supported by Hydra e.V., a meeting place and counselling centre for sex workers. In the run-up to the global protests, I joined ICRSE Coordinator Luca Stevenson, Violet X Rose, and Eithne Crowe (all members of Sex Worker Open University's Glasgow branch) to create and update the official blog for the International Day of Protest against the violent Abuse and Murders of Sex Workers. [3] In November 2013, I co-organised a protest against anti-prostitution activist Alice Schwarzer in collaboration with the BseD and Hydra e.V. [4] From its creation up until October 2013, I was a member of Sex Work Research, a repository of writing on sex work, including academic research, organizational reports, media reports, and independent research. [5] In December 2013, I co-organised a symposium about the German Prostitution Act in Berlin. A subtitled video with highlights is available online. [6] In February 2014, I wrote a counter-report to the Honeyball Report with valuable input from Dr Jay Levy, Dr Nicola Mai and Dr Jane Pitcher, which was signed by over 94 academics. [7] In October 2014, I joined sex worker activists in Belfast for the first-ever sex worker protest in Northern Ireland. [8] Since 2014, I publish articles about sex work regulations in Germany on the Research Project Germany blog, incl. interviews with sex workers. [9] [1] [2] https://vimeo.com/album/2022542 [3] http://jasmineanddora.wordpress.com [4] https://youtu.be/9nTi2We59QQ [5] http://sexworkresearch.wordpress.com [6] http://vimeo.com/86953769 [7] http://www.sexworkeurope.org/campaigns/tell-european-parliament-vote-against-criminalisation-clients/critique-report-prostitution [8] http://wp.me/p294H2-197 [9] http://researchprojectgermany.wordpress.com
Languages: 
English, German
Areas of Interest: 
Academic/Research
Anti-Trafficking
Human Rights
Labour
Law and Policy global
Law and Policy national
Migration
National situation
Violence Issues
Who can view your profile?: 
Anybody (public)

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