Recommendation on UN Women's Approach to Sex Work, Sex Trade and Prostitution

17 October 2016

CREA, India along with All India Network of Sex Workers (AINSW), India, Centre for Advocacy and Research (CFAR), India and Lawyers Collective (LC), India and 43 sex worker-led community-based organisations jointly submitted a letter to UN Women as a response to its call on developing a policy on sex work, sex trade and prostitution.

Three regional consultations with sex worker groups were held in the eastern, western and southern regions of India with participants from West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand, Orissa, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Telangana and this response is an outcome of it.

The participants of these consultations and other partner organisations are calling UN Women to ensure that the development of any policy decision by it on issues which directly or incidentally impact sex workers should to be made through meaningful and inclusive consultation with sex workers. The process should be well-planned and participatory with the engagement of sex worker organizations and sex workers as well as women’s rights organizations that support sex worker’s rights in various regions representing various class, race, ethnicity, health status, age, nationality, disabilities, and many other factors.

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