Amnesty International to determine a policy position on decriminalization of sex work

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Human rights organization Amnesty International is holding global talks to develop a policy position on sex work.

The consultations are focused around supporting full decriminalization.

However Amnesty International Australia’s Gabe Kavanagh says discussions will take all different viewpoints into account.

“Each Amnesty officer around the world has gone out and consulted broadly on that (decriminalisation) proposal,” Ms Kavanagh said.

“We have heard a huge array of views. The fact that the proposed policy takes up a position in no way stifles the ability of any of our members or supporters who perhaps are more towards the abolition end of the spectrum from coming in and telling us what they think.”

PHOTO: Scarlet Alliance, an industry advocacy group, says full decriminalization is the only way to protect the human rights of sex workers. (Mark Smith: ABC News)

The Scarlet Alliance, a sex industry advocacy group, disagrees and says full decriminalization is the only way to protect the human rights of sex workers.

The group’s chief executive, Janelle Fawkes, says since the Australian state of NSW decriminalized sex work in 1995 things have improved for sex workers.

“Pre-decriminalization was often referred to as the paper-bag times, where as a sex industry business, you had to hand over a paper bag …read more    

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