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Amnesty International

In 2015, Amnesty International, the world’s leading human rights organisation, voted to approve its draft policy calling for decriminalisation of sex work. The policy which was published in 2016 is rooted in “respecting, protecting and fulfilling the human rights of sex workers” and “preventing and redressing human rights violations”.

It is comprehensive, carefully considered and based on concrete evidence from around the world, including from the ECP. It spells out the harm caused by criminalisation, specifically the ways in which it puts sex workers at greater risk of violence, including police violence; denies sex workers access to justice and police protection; and encourages discrimination in the provision of housing, health and immigration status.

Crucially it puts obligations on states to provide resources in the form of “state benefits, education and training and/or alternative employment” to help sex workers leave prostitution if they want