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Round table “The lives of sex workers around the world” in the European Parliament. Impressions and Conclusions

17 Oct 2019 22:10:35

On October 15, 2019, Nataliia Isaieva, representative of the Council of the European Sex Worker Advocacy Network (SWAN) and Director of CO “Legalife-Ukraine”, spoke at the European Parliament at a roundtable discussion on the problems of protecting the rights of sex workers and regulating legislation in this area.

Nataliia Isaieva shared her experience in countering the violation of human rights by the police, and argued why only decriminalizing the entire spectrum of sex work will change the situation.

Nataliia Isaieva and Mariska Majoor

Nataliia Isaieva, SWAN, CO “Legalife-Ukraine”: “Sex workers should have the right to say yes or no to any initiative and they must be heard during any negotiations about changes in their status, especially when defending the right to work in the informal economy”.

After this talks, sex workers answered questions, separating the “myths” of sex work from reality. As a result, those present concluded that sex workers are the best experts and partners of the state in the sphere of regulation of their work.

The main outcome of the meeting: the European Parliament, together with sex workers, is initiating the development of an “Ethical Code of Conduct for Police Officers”, and all the laws governing sex work need to be examined and evaluated.

Nataliia Isaieva, Luca Stevenson and Ruth Morgan Thomas