World Charter for Prostitutes' Rights (from the First World Whores' Congress, Amsterdam, 1985)

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World Charter for Prostitutes' Rights (from the First World Whores' Congress, Amsterdam, 1985)


LAWS

Decriminalize all aspects of adult prostitution resulting from individual decision.

Decriminalize prostitution and regulate third parties according to standard business codes. It must be noted that existing standard business codes allow abuse of prostitutes. Therefore, special clauses must be included to prevent the abuse and stigmatization of prostitutes (self - employed and others).

Enforce existing criminal laws against fraud, coercion, violence, child sexual abuse, child labor, rape and racism everywhere and across national boundaries, whether or not in the context of prostitution.

Eradicate laws that can be interpreted to deny freedom of association or freedom to travel to prostitutes within and between countries. Prostitutes have the right to a private life.

HUMAN RIGHTS

Guarantee prostitutes all human rights and civil liberties, including the freedom of speech, travel, immigration, work, marriage and motherhood and the right to unemployment insurance, health insurance and housing.

Grant asylum to anyone denied human rights on the basis of a 'crime of status', be it prostitution or homosexuality.

WORKING CONDITIONS

There should be no law which implies systematic zoning of prostitution. Prostitutes should have the freedom to choose their place of work and residence. It is essential that prostitutes can provide their services under the conditions that are absolutely determined by themselves and no - one else. There should be a committee to insure the protection of the rights of prostitutes and to whom prostitutes can address their complaints. This committee must be comprised of prostitutes and other professionals, like lawyers and supporters. There should be no law discriminating against prostitutes associating and working collectively in order to acquire a high degree of personal security. …

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