The ‘Sex Workers’ Rights’ Movement

  • Julie Bindel


The contemporary ‘sex worker’s rights’ movement is made up of a number of perspectives and positions, but the various strands have one core view in common: a passionate dislike of any legal or State intervention. This is a shift from the 1980s and 1990s, when the movement was united in supporting legalisation, such as the Dutch and German models. Today, most Sex Workers’ Rights Activists (SWRAs) oppose legalisation, with the exception of a number of activists in Germany, the Netherlands, and Nevada in the USA. But even in those areas, where the off-street sex trade is fully legalised, the system is staunchly criticised by those who wish to see an end to any regulation at all.

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  • Julie Bindel
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  1. 1.LondonUK

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