Regional updates: Europe

The Europe region is made up of three different regional networks.

  • The International Committee for the Rights of Sex Workers in Europe (ICRSE) is an European network of sex workers and allies and was formed in 2004 to organise the 2005 European Conference on Sex Work, Human Rights, Labour and Migration in Brussels, Belgium.
  • Sex Workers’ Rights Advocacy Network (SWAN) is a network of sex workers' groups and civil society organisations engaged in advocating the Human Rights of the sex workers formed in 2006 in Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia.
  • TAMPEP (European Network for HIV/STI Prevention and Health Promotion among Migrant Sex Workers) is an international networking and intervention project operating in 25 countries, including 10 countries in Central and Eastern Europe.

Board members

Pye Jakobsson, (Rose Alliance), Sweden. Pye is currently President of NSWP.

Borce Bozinov, (STAR-STAR), Macedonia.

Morgane Merteuil, (STRASS), France.
 

This just in from NSWP's European correspondent:

A new research report from Malmö University, commissioned by the Swedish Association for Sexuality Education (RFSU), criticises the so-called Swedish Modelof social policy on sex work, concluding that claims of the policy’s success have been greatly exaggerated.

5th February 2015 by NSWP

Proposed new law is dangerously misguided, say sex workers.

On Wednesday 4th February, sex workers and supporters launched ‘Realising Sex Workers’ Rights in Ireland,’ a ground-breaking paper addressing the reality of sex work in Ireland. Featuring the views of sex workers, legal practitioners and academics, the paper draws on international research and sets out a human rights and social justice response to sex work in Ireland.

5th February 2015 by NSWP

Last year the Swedish Association for Sexuality Education, RFSU, commissioned a research report to investigate the effects of the Swedish ban against sex purchase, introduced in 1999. RFSU wanted an independent overview of earlier studies to be used as a foundation for a congressional decision in June 2015.

5th February 2015 by NSWP

The Moroccan Patent Office (Office of Industrial and Commercial Property - OMPIC) recently formalised an agreement with the European Patent Office (EPO) for validating European patents in Morocco starting on the 1st of March 2015. This mean that patent applications and patents granted in Europe will have the legal effects of Moroccan patent applications and will be subject to Moroccan law. A world premiere, Morocco becomes the first country outside of the European Patent Organisation to validate European patents in its territory.

26th January 2015 by NSWP

Many of the images circulating last week from the December 17th rallies commemorating the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers included photos of mask-wearing Chinese sex workers in Paris’ Belleville district. Many of the group were from a new organisation named Steel Roses – the rose symbolisesfemininity, and steel, strength -- set up to advocate for the rights of sex workers from the northern Chinese region of Dongbei who work in Belleville.

22nd December 2014 by NSWP

Earlier this month, Hull City Council ​won a landmark ruling to create Britain's first "prostitution-free zone." The new orders mean that any sex workers or kerb crawlers caught around the Hessle Road area can be arrested and forced to appear in court. Hull City Council was granted the injunction order under Section 222 of the Local Government Act 1972.

22nd December 2014 by NSWP

12 December 2014, Amsterdam, Netherlands – The Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+) is delighted with the decision of the International AIDS Society (IAS), who announced today that the city of Amsterdam, Netherlands would host the 22nd International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2018) from 22-28 July 2018.

18th December 2014 by NSWP
Tue, 16 December 2014 ICRSE Coordinator
 

Joint Press release by STRASS, French Union of Sex Workers, Acceptess-T, Act Up Paris, Aids, Cabiria, Collective Ma

17th December 2014 by NSWP

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Today, 17th of December 2014, sex workers, their advocates, allies, friends and families, are gathering around the world to denounce all acts of violence against sex workers.

 

17th December 2014 by NSWP

The National Executive Council (NUS NEC), the interim policy-making body of the United Kingdom’s National Union of Students, last week passed a motion to officially support the decriminalisation of sex work.

10th December 2014 by NSWP