Amnesty International Draft Policy on the Protection of the Human Rights of Sex Workers

Please follow this link to see a draft of the policy for the protection of the human rights of sex workers to be debated by Amnesty International’s global movement at its International Council Meeting being held in Dublin from 7-11 August.

This draft proposed policy has been produced in the course of two years of extensive consultation and in-depth research. It draws from a wide evidence base and sources including UN agencies, such as the World Health Organisation, UN AIDS, UN Women and the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health. It also reflects the findings of four research missions to Argentina, Hong Kong, Norway and Papua New Guinea.

Amnesty International’s national offices around the world have also helped shape the policy through extensive and open consultation with many different stakeholders. These have included sex worker groups, groups representing survivors of prostitution, abolitionist organisations, feminist and other women's rights representatives, anti- trafficking agencies and HIV/AIDS activists.


This draft policy for discussion was prepared for internal circulation to Amnesty International members, as part of the consultation process. As many commentators are referring to an out-of-date and early version of the draft, Amnesty International is sharing this link in order to ensure that an accurate and current version of the document is available for review.


The consultation process is still on-going and this policy has not been adopted by Amnesty International.

The final wording of any proposed policy will ultimately be decided by the International Board of Amnesty International, following the International Council Meeting. 

**Update** 26 May 2016

Amnesty International publishes policy and research on protection of sex workers’ rights

Policy on State Obligations to Respect, Protect and Fulfil the Human Rights of Sex Workers