X-post # 15 [end-violence] Re: Strategies against trafficking

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Subject: X-post # 15 [end-violence] Re: Strategies against trafficking
From: Jyothi Kanics (jkanics@igc.apc.org)
Date: Fri Mar 12 1999 - 09:54:15 EST

From: Jo Doezema <idp41@ids.ac.uk>
To: end-violence@edc-cit.org
Subject: [end-violence] Re: Strategies against trafficking
Date: Thu, 11 Mar 1999 10:39:35 -0000

Dear Working Group,

I am Jo Doezema, resource person on issues of migration for the Network of
Sex Work Projects. The Network of Sex Work Projects (NSWP) was formed in
1991. It consists of sex workers and organizations which provide services
to sex workers in over 40 countries.
The NSWP recommends the following for all states:

1. The exclusion of sex workers from human rights protections is a major
cause of those abuses in the migration process known as 'trafficking in
women'. States should recognise sex work as legitimate labour, as
recommended in the 1998 ILO report The Sex Sector: The economic and social
bases of prostitution in Southeast Asia. This includes changing
legislation and practices that criminalise or discriminate against sex
workers, their families, and their associates. Sex workers should be
included in existing national and international labour standards and

2. Restrictive state immigration policies, especially those that target
sex workers, increase the likelihood that those seeking to migrate will be
open to coercive practices such as debt bondage. States should increase
the possibilities for legal migration for work, including legal migration
for work in the sex industry.

3. While sex workers as a group are particularly affected by state
policies on trafficking, their voice is rarely heard in policy arenas.
States should ensure consultation with sex worker organisations in all
areas of policy affecting sex workers, including that of migration.

The NSWP sees an important role for international organisations in:

1. Actively encouraging the participation of sex worker organisations in
appropriate international fora, and providing funding for sex worker

2. Recognising that the protection of sex workers human rights is an
integral part of states' obligations under international human rights
agreements, and monitoring state efforts to protect the rights of sex
workers and migrants.

3. Developing international labour standards for the sex industry.

Jo Doezema for the NSWP

     http://www.walnet.org/nswp/ mailto:hartpetz@iafrica.com
       3 Morley Rd. Observatory 7925 Cape Town, South Africa
                      Tel/Fax: +27 21-447 6152

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