NSWP/EMPOWER Thailand: ‘Mida Tapestry’, created by migrant sex workers to compliment the ‘Hit and Run’ sex worker research project. The tapestry was first publically displayed at the 12 February, 2012, launch of the ‘Hit and Run’ research initiative in Bangkok, Thailand. Image attributed to EMPOWER Foundation.
Wendelijn Vollbehr is a sociology graduate of the VU University of Amsterdam. For her masterthesis she conducted qualitative research on sex worker-led organizations in collaboration with the Red Umbrella Fund. Her research interests are human rights, especially minority rights, marginalization and empowerment.
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Is there an alternative? Yes, there is! Full decriminalization of all aspects of consensual sex work has been successfully implemented in the Australian state of New South Wales (1999) and New Zealand (2003), leading to significant improvement in the health and safety of sex workers, as well as their interactions with police. This is the model supported by sex workers themselves and by CoSWAC, along with a growing number of organizations around the world.
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