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Sex Worker's Outreach Project Behind Bars, in collaboration with and guided by impacted communities, offers advocacy to survivors of human trafficking and people who engage in sex work, regardless of whether they do so by choice, circumstance, or coercion. We engage in advocacy, education, and organizing to build a movement to protect the human rights of sex workers. We aim to create a world that is safe for all workers and where human trafficking does not exist. We support the full decriminalization of prostitution, solicitation and purchase of prostitution. We support consensual sex work between adults. Compelling someone to engage in sex work non consensually will still be illegal. The goal of decriminalization will include decriminalizing prostitution, solicitation, and promotion of prostitution. Decriminalization of sex work adults' rights to engage in consensual sex work between adults over the age of 18. Compelling someone to engage in sex work will - and should - still be illegal.
Please follow these guidelines for submitting material for the commission.
Prioritize your safety and Privacy!
You do NOT have to submit your LEGAL name and we do NOT recommend that you do so if you are a criminalized worker. You may submit a 2-3 minute VIDEO or a WRITTEN statement that will be edited only for brevity and clarity. Please DO give us an email that we can reach you at to confirm if our edits meet your expectations
YOU CAN WITHDRAW YOUR TESTIMONY AT A LATER DATE
If - for WHATEVER reason - you want to remove or change your testimony submission - please email us at info@ humanrightsswc.org and we will remove or change your submission within 10 days of receipt. If it is URGENT that you need to have it removed - you may contact us at 877-776-2004.
Please tell us where you are in the world!
This effort is small but we hope for it to grow internationally. It is very helpful to have information about where you are in the world so we can see how criminalization changes as the years progress. Listing your country for general location purposes is helpful but knowing what state (if you live in the USA) or province is also helpful and the zip code you live in is specifically helpful for us to know where "hot spots" of extreme forms of violence and discrimination are taking place.
Do you identify as one or more of the following? Please check all that apply.
Survivor of Exploitation
Adult Content Creator
Sex Worker Advocate
Erotic Services Provider
Sex Worker Advocate
Sex Worker Ally
Parent or Family Member of a Sex Worker
Impacted Client of Sex Workers
Friend of a Current or Former Sex Worker
Allied Social Justice Movement
Attorney - Private or State
Intimate Partner of a Current or Former Sex Worker
Faith Based Organization
Anti Trafficking Task Force Organization or Member
Victims Services Provider (Domestic, HT, Sexual Assault)
Please keep my name and information confidential.
Yes - I am only submitting testimony anonymously
No - You may use my preferred name with my testimony submission
I haven't decided on how best to submit my testimony and would like to have a conversation with an HRC team member before submitting.
Preferred Email address (this will NOT be made public and will only be used to contact you by the HRC team for clarity or edit approval)
2. Are you with an organization?
Yes, but I am signing on to testify as an individual
Yes, but my organization doesn't support full decriminalization
What is the name or your organization?
What COUNTRY do you live in?
Antigua and Barbuda
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Central African Republic
Congo, Democratic Republic of the
Congo, Republic of the
East Timor (see Timor-Leste)
Papua New Guinea
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Sao Tome and Principe
Trinidad and Tobago
United Arab Emirates
What State do you CURRENTLY live in?
What is your ZIP Code?
Upload Word Doc, PDF or Video Testimony here or write your direct testimony into the form below. If you are linking a Word or Google doc - you can also link that here. Written and Video testimony will be edited for public Human Rights Commission Events but available in its entirety in the archives. You can withdraw or change your testimony at any time.
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