About ESWA

The European Sex Workers' Rights Alliance – previously the International Committee on the Rights of Sex Workers in Europe (ICRSE), is a sex worker-led network representing more than 100 organisations in 35 countries across Europe and Central Asia. Our aim is to ensure that all sex worker voices are heard and that their human, health and labour rights are recognised and protected. With our actions and approach inspired by our membership community, we work to build a strong, vibrant and sustainable network that mobilises national, regional and international advocacy activity that moves us towards long-term, systemic change.

Our Vision:

ESWA’s vision is of a world where all sex workers are respected and their rights are upheld and where gender, racial, social and economic equality and freedom of movement are a reality; enabling individuals to start, continue or leave sex work safely, free from violence, coercion and exploitation.

Our Mission:

ESWA is a network of sex worker organisations and their allies that work together to support the development of national and international law, policy and practice, which respects and upholds the human and labour rights of sex workers throughout Europe and Central Asia.

Our Core Values:

  • Recognising sex work as work

We advocate for a labour rights-based approach to sex work that ensures that the labour, health and human rights of all sex workers are recognised, protected and fulfilled by national, regional and international policy and law.

  • Supporting sex worker self-determination and self-organisation

ESWA supports sex workers’ right to self-determination and self-organisation. Sex workers can and do effect change. Solidarity among ESWA members will ensure that the needs and voices of all sex workers in Europe are heard and addressed equally.

  • Opposing all forms of criminalisation and other legal oppression of sex work

We oppose all forms of criminalisation of sex work and reject the conflation of sex work with trafficking and gender-based violence as a narrative that undermines the human, health and labour rights of sex workers and creates new risks and vulnerabilities for those that work within the industry.