Sex workers are at risk of a whole host of human rights abuses

Sex workers are at risk of a whole host of human rights abuses

Sex workers are at risk of a whole host of human rights abuses including:

  1. Rape
  2. Violence
  3. Trafficking
  4. Extortion
  5. Arbitrary arrest and detention
  6. Forced eviction from their homes
  7. Harassment
  8. Discrimination
  9. Exclusion from health services
  10. Forced HIV testing
  11. Lack of legal redress

Governments should protect, respect and fulfill the rights of sex workers including:

  • Protecting them from harm, exploitation and coercion
  • Ensuring they can participate in the development of laws and policies that affect their lives and safety
  • Guaranteeing access to health, education and employment options

Nigerian Government calls for the decriminalization of sex work based on evidence that criminalization makes sex workers less safe, by preventing them from securing police protection and by providing impunity to abusers.

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