Global Key Policy Making Suggestions

SEXHUM aims at producing policy recommendations, at both local and global level, to improve migrant sex workers’ access to the correct support and identify best policies to prevent and combat trafficking and exploitation. 

Concerns around trafficking and the exploitability of migrant sex workers are at the core of policy making and regulation of the sex industry as a whole. 

By focusing on migrant sex workers, SEXHUM engages in identifying best legislative and policymaking practices for all sex workers, regardless of their migration status.

The research data and findings of the project strongly suggest the following policy recommentations:

  • The repeal of all repressive laws that criminalize both the sale and purchase of sexual services is the most appropriate and least harmful policymaking framework for sex work.
  • Anti trafficking interventions, including law enforcement, should separate themselves from anti migration and anti sex work law enforcement if they want to reduce the vulnerability to exploitation of the people they aim to support.
  • Police forces, as well as other law enforcement agencies’ including immigration authorities should be accountable and externally reviewed on an ongoing basis for their treatment of (migrant BIPOC) sex workers.
  • Any policy and social intervention on sex work and trafficking can only have a chance of succeeding if it also includes prospective and actual migrants’ legal right to access the international labor market.
  • Sexual humanitarian anti-migration and anti-sex work initiatives and interventions are harmful to the lives and rights of migrant sex workers. As such they should be de-funded and the resulting resources diverted to grass root communities supporting migrant sex workers.
  • Sex worker rights organizations and communities must be consulted before any new policies and interventions targeting sex workers are designed and implemented. Their expertise, feedback and reactions should be considered with priority, including when advising not to proceed with such policies and interventions.