Sex workers are one of the most vulnerable members of society, When confronted with violence and abuse in their line of work, there are few avenues for them to seek support, guidance or justice without being prosecuted or discriminated against.
We get an average of 100 cases a year, in which we provide practical advice and emotional support. Our cases deal with issues such as sexual assault, harassment or robbery from clients, police impersonation, exploitation by agents and more.
Customers remain the top abusers of sex workers. They are considered ‘easy targets’, because it is risky for the workers to take legal action as they are likely to be charged with solicitation or deported to their home country.
More often then not, the worker decides not to take legal action because they are afraid of being arrested and/or deported. Even so, the case management process can be useful in providing emotional support, advising them how to protect themselves from abusers (such as strategies to spot police impersonators) and informing us the types of issues they face so that we can better render support and services.
Sex workers do not deserve to be abused or exploited. We condemn all forms of violence – physical, emotional, sexual, psychological, and financial violence against sex workers. While we work to alleviate the trauma faced by many sex workers, we envision a day where our services are no longer required.
For more information on what kind of cases we deal with, you can check out our annual reports here. If you wish to assist with case management and want to find out more, get in contact with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.