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International Committee on the Rights of Prostitutes in Europe

In 2002 a small network of Dutch sex workers and activists gathered in Amsterdam to organise a conference that would give sex workers an opportunity to respond to the proliferation of repressive new legislation and policies being enacted throughout Europe. In 2003 the group, Sex-work Initiative Group Netherlands (SIGN), approached sex workers and allies across Europe and invited them to join an organising committee which would raise funds and host a European conference on sex workers' rights. The response was enthusiastic. The committee registered a foundation in The Netherlands, the International Committee on the Rights of Sex Workers in Europe (ICRSE).

The main goals of the ICRSE are:

  • to bring sex workers and their allies together on an international level
  • to further social acceptance of and respect for sex workers
  • to guarantee sex workers' civil rights
  • to organise the support of sex worker allies

ICRSE works to further these goals by:

  • building international networks of sex workers and their allies to improve or abolish oppressive laws
  • promoting communication and information-sharing over the Internet and on paper
  • organising conferences, study groups and meetings

As well, ICRSE aims to end the sexual stigma faced by women, gays and lesbians and transgendered people, and to promote self-determination for women in general.

International Committee for the Rights of Prostitutes in Europe

You can reach the ICRSE by:

Sex Workers' Rights: Report of the European Conference on Sex Work, Human Rights, Labour and Migration (Brussels 2005)

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