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News | LSI Statement: International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers

Today is International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers. The day calls attention to hate crimes committed against sex workers worldwide and highlights the need to remove the social stigma and discrimination contributing to violence against sex workers and indifference from the communities they are part of.

Since 1995, LSI has been based on a human rights approach - we call for the protection of rights of all human beings including the rights of (irregular) migrant workers, domestic workers and sex workers.

Although we have been often criticized for it, LSI respects the peoples' rights to make their own individual decisions, including the decision to undertake sex work. LSI does not advocate for the abolition of prostitution nor does LSI promote specific legislation on prostitution. However, LSI strongly opposes the criminalisation of sex workers or clients of sex workers.

Trafficking occurs both in countries where sex work is legal and in countries where aspects of commercial sex are criminalised. La Strada is convinced that focusing the debate on the abolishment of sex work will not lead to the protection of the human rights of the women or men concerned. This approach is in line with the United Nations Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Human Beings, which makes a clear distinction between trafficking and sex work.

Today on International Day to end violence against sex workers, La Strada International joins the global sex workers' rights movement in calling for the inclusion of sex workers and end to stigma, discrimination, violence and criminalisation. Only through meaningful partnerships with sex workers can we address structural issues faced by sex workers communities including gender-based violence, social and economic exclusion, housing, unequal access to health and justice.

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