The struggle for sex workers’ rights intersects with the fight of other social groups who have been historically marginalised and oppressed. Contrary to the abolitionist feminist discourse, which portrays all sex workers as ‘prostituted women’ without agency in need of rescue, our communities are diverse and resilient. Sex workers are male, female and non-binary, mothers, LGBTQ, migrants and workers. Supporting sex workers’ rights means understanding the diversity and complexity of our lives and involving sex workers from diverse communities in discussions, decision and policy-making.
This toolkit, based on ICRSE’s five Intersection Briefing Papers published between 2015 and 2017, aims to help sex workers explore the intersections of sex workers’ rights with other rights such as those connected with LGBTQ people, women, workers, migrants and health and raise awareness of our common struggles.
We hope that this resource will serve as a tool to increase solidarity within sex workers and other marginalised communities and contribute to equipping sex workers and activists in other social justice and human rights movements with knowledge on the powerful ways of advocating for sex workers’ rights across various contexts.