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"We demand our voices are heard, listened to and respected. Our experiences are diverse, but all are valid, and we condemn those who steal our voice and say that we do no have the capacity to make decisions or articulate our needs",Â Declaration of the Rights ... more.
International Committee on the Rights of Sex Workers
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"We are just asking the governments to apply these rights to sex workers, who deserve them as much as anyone else," said Petra Timmerman, a spokesperson for the ICRSE.
he group's declaration lists examples of rights violation that sex workers suffer throughout Europe because of their profession. Timmerman said that in most countries, while prostitution is legal or tolerated, sex work is made illegal through the activities tied to it."For example, communication for the purpose of prostitution is illegal, and it is these kinds of laws that make it illegal to do your work without being a criminal in some way," she said. The declaration was created and endorsed by a group of some 200 sex workers from 30 countries gathered in Brussels on October 16 and 17 for the European Conference on Sex Work, Human Rights, Labor and Migration. "The more people are aware that they have rights to make decisions about their lives, the less vulnerable they are to exploitation," said Timmerman. "If someone has the right to consider doing sex work in another country, it is likely they will not need to rely on illegal means to get there." The group argues that sex workers should have the same protected rights that have been granted to other groups such as migrant laborers and agricultural workers."If people are going to work, they should be working under the best possible conditions, with as many rights as possible, so they're not at the mercy of people who want to exploit them," said Timmerman. Along with being able to enjoy full rights, sex workers would also become part of their society by paying taxes that would grant them the same rights to health care, schools and pensions as other citizens."It's going to be a bit of a learning curve for sex workers,! " said Timmerman.
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One of the guests at the SWAN Network Meeting in Budapest was Petra Timmermans, Coordinator of the International Committee on the Rights of Sex Workers in Europe (ICRSE, www.sexworkeurope.org).
The main goal of the Committee is to bring sex workers and their allies together on an international level so to further the social acceptance and respect for sex workers, to guarantee their civil rights, and to facilitate communication and advocacy against oppressive laws. Petra presented the Declaration of the Rights of Sex Workers in Europe, one of the cornerstone documents on human rights for sex workers, adopted by more then 200 delegates participating at the European Conference on Sex Work, Human Rights, Labour and Migration held 15 to 17 October in the building of the European Parliament in Brussels.
ICRSE Coordinator Petra Timmermans uploaded a new avatar Jan 08 Petra Timmermans It is a new year in the ongoing struggle to achieve sex worker rights, are you with me? Jan 07 ICRSE Coordinator Wishing all our fabulous members a successful 2011! Jan 07 Petra Timmermans uploaded a new avatar