The Impact of Online Censorship and Digital Discrimination on Sex Workers

The Impact of Online Censorship and Digital Discrimination on Sex Workers

The European Sex Workers’ Rights Alliance is proud to launch its first briefing paper on Digital Rights, the first of four that we intend to publish this year.

This has been made possible thanks to a grant by the European Artificial Intelligence Fund. ESWA is one of 16 organisations that they have selected to develop advocacy and capacity-building activities to ensure the voices of civil society – including marginalised communities such as sex workers – are included in debates and policy-making on artificial intelligence and digital rights. 

The digitalisation of the public and private spheres in Europe, exacerbated by global market competition and the COVID-19 pandemic, is making information and communication technologies ever more widespread amongst general populations as well as sex workers. While this digitalisation brings many benefits to sex workers’ lives and changes their working habits, new threats are emerging due to harmful laws governing digital spaces and the weaponisation of these technologies.

We aim to explore and highlight these issues and present recommendations for sex worker-led organisations, digital services and platforms, and policymakers and governments.

Our briefing paper was launched at an online event on the 28th of February 2022, which you can watch here.

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