As such, it is right and fitting that we should look at one of the most disadvantaged groups of people in the world, often forced to live outside the law and denied their most basic human rights: sex workers.We have chosen to advocate for the decriminalization of all aspects of consensual adult sex - sex work that does not involve coercion, exploitation or abuse.
No one would be surprised to learn that they face discrimination, beatings, rape and harassment – sometimes on a daily basis – or that they are often denied access to basic health or housing services.
This is based on evidence and the real-life experience of sex workers themselves that criminalization makes them less safe.
We reached this position by consulting a wide array of individuals and groups, including but not limited to: sex workers, survivor and abolitionist groups, HIV agencies, women’s and LGBTI rights activists, Indigenous women’s groups, anti-trafficking groups and leading academics.
Trafficking is an abhorrent abuse of human rights and must be criminalized as a matter of international law.
Ever-more sensational headlines condemned Amnesty International for advocating for “prostitution as a human right”.As a global human rights organization, Amnesty International has a responsibility to assess how best to prevent human rights violations.