Statue til ære for sexarbejdere i hele verdenen – 31 marts!!!

29 03 2007


2nd annual Open Day in Amsterdam’s Red Light District and the unveiling of a new statue in honour of sex workers everywhere!

On Saturday March 31st the 2nd annual  open day in the Red Light District of Amsterdam will take place from noon to 6pm (18:00).

The goal of the day is to give people a better image of the diversity of the red light area by offering them a look behind closed doors. Sex businesses, churches, residents, artists and others that have something to do with the neighbourhood are available on this day to talk to the public. Of course many people are interested in the sex industry and just like last year there will no doubt be long line-ups again in front of the live sex theatres Casa Rosso and the Banana Bar.

At 5pm (17:00) on the Oudekerksplein by the Old Church a bronze statue will be unveiled honouring everyone around the world who works in the sex industry. The statue is a message to society, a call for respect but also a message to sex workers, namely this: “you have the right to be proud of yourself, feel strong and independent and fight for your human rights.”

The statue is an initiative of Mariska Majoor founder of the Prostitution Information Centre in Amsterdam. She will unveil the statue together with (former) sex workers.

All sex workers – also international – who want to participate at the unveiling are welcome. 

If you have questions please email the PIC:


Lørdag den 31 marts afholdes den 2 årlige “open day” i Amsterdams Red Light District fra kl 12 – 18.00.

Dagens mål er at give besøgende et bedre billede af nuancerne i Red Light Distriktet ved at tilbyde folk at komme indenfor de lukkede døre.

Kl 17.00 vil Mariska afsløre en bronze statue som skal ære alle i hele verdenen som arbejder i sex industrien.

Statuen er en besked til samfundet, et opråb om respekt men også en besked til sexarbejdere : Du har ret til at være stolt af dig selv, ret til at føle dig stærk og selvstændig og kæmp for dine rettigheder!

Initiativtageren til statuen er Mariska Majoor, som også har grundlagt PIC Prostitution Information Center i Amsterdam. Mariska vil afsløre statuen sammen med andre sexarbejdere.

Alle sexarbejdere – også internationale – der har lyst til at deltage i afsløringen af statuen til ære for sexarbejdere er hjertellig velkomne.

Hvis du har spørgsmål kan du kontakte PIC:

PIC webside:

ICRSE webside:


Remember those lost at Green River + Vancouver BC + South Africa + Brisbane + China + New Zealand + Scotland + Australia

17 12 2006


Dear Friends,


Thank you for standing in solidarity with your brothers and sisters here in the United States and around the world. Today is a very important day, because today we remember all the women and men who have lost their lives because they chose to do sex work as their profession. It is incomprehensible to me why somebody would want to harm another human being because they are a prostitute. I will never understand why prostitutes do not deserve equal protection under the law. It is time to end the criminalization of prostitution and begin the healing process to stop discrimation and violence against sex workers. As long as we remain criminals, we will not be safe. As long as we are criminals, society will continue to abuse and dismiss us. We are human beings and we deserve to be safe. Decriminalize prostitution now and protect us, your brothers, sisters, mother’s, fathers, daughters and sons lives depend on it. 

We have compiled a list of names of women and girls, men and boys that have died while working in the line of prostitution.

Below are the names we could find. Please remember all of those that we could not find.

In Solidarity,

Robyn Few


17 December – Silent candle demonstration in Helsinki

17 12 2006

VIP LOUNGE postkort

Current issues in Salli and in Finland

17th December
International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers

A silent candle demonstration on Sunday 17 December 2006 at 6 pm

The Venue: The corner of Mannerheimintie and Simonkatu (a major street corner in the city centre), Helsinki, Finland
Take with you: a red candle or lantern and a red umbrella

Everyone is wellcome.

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This demonstration is arranged by SALLI.

International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers has been launched by SWOP-USA.

See also

17 December – International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers

17 12 2006

ICRSE postkort

SWOP began the annual “International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers” on December 17, 2003, the day before the conviction of Seattle’s, Green River Killer. “We wanted everyone in the world to know that because of the criminalization of prostitution it took 23 years to convict a man of killing at least 48 women,” said Stacey Swimme, SWOP-AZ.  “Police ignored vital information given by prostitutes and pimps because of stigma and discrimination.” Such deadly violence against sex workers is thought to be a recurring social pattern. Serial killers know that the criminalization of prostitution prohibits sex workers from seeking protection from police and that stigma causes the public to believe that violence is part of sex workers’ job description.

Police in our communities should prioritize addressing violence against sex workers, yet the stigma and criminalization increases vulnerability and undermines recourse. Often society views sex workers as separate and inconsequential. “When dangerous killers are on the loose, all women are at risk because the endemic sexual justification for violence does not only apply to prostitutes. It is part of a deeply ingrained misogyny in our society that condones the punishment of ‘sexual’ women. A violent crime against one woman is a crime against all women, regardless of their occupation, race, or class, and is never justified.” says Dr. Avaren Ipsen, SWOP Campaign Coordinator  and co-chair of Berkeley Commission on the Status of Women.

Green River Killer at WIKIPEDIA


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Norma Jean Almodovar, founder of ISWFACE ( ) and Jenna Jasmine ( ), founder of SWOP-LA are creating a display on Ocean Front Walk in Venice Beach on Sunday, December 17th from 12pm-4pm.  They are calling attention to International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers.  Under their tent you will be able to donate $5 for 10 minutes of “Real Talk with a Real LIVE HAPPY SEX WORKER.”  Topics ranging from sex advice to holiday plans will all be fair game.   Donations will go towards the two local sex worker rights organizations that the two women run in Los Angeles.  Aside from educating yourself with information and advice, participants are invited to add a “whore story” to their “whore memorial” wall, a temporal installation of anonymous stories about how the word whore has negatively affected or traumatized them.   “The death of punitive stigma around words like whore and prostitute is the first step that sex workers and non sex workers alike can take in critically examine how institutionalized misogyny really operates on a daily basis.” says Jenna Jasmine who identifies as a proud whore activist. (SWOP-LA).

In 2003, the Sex Workers Outreach Project USA in California called for vigils around the country and the world to bring attention to the sentencing of Gary Ridgeway, aka the Green River Killer, who confessed to murdering 48 women. Ridgeway said during his court case why he targeted young women working on the streets – “I picked prostitutes because I thought I could kill as many of them as I wanted without getting caught.” His belief that police didn’t prioritize investigating the murders of sex workers was reflected in the fact that he wasn’t caught until 21 years after his  first killing.  2006 is marked with the killings of six female bodied street prostitutes in Atlantic City, as recent as November of this year; the high profile Duke Rape Case, and this week’s new victims murdered in the UK.

The political became very personal for Jenna Jasmine when she was recently robbed by a bad client in a motel in Bell Gardens – the same week that the four women’s bodies were found in a marsh in Atlantic City.  “I now know the frustration of not being able to use the police as a source of protection from violence.  The people that prey on prostitutes are clearly aware of our inability to use the police for protection from violence as well.  The man who robbed me was taunting me about this very fact.  There are people that HATE us.  There are police codes for the deaths of prostitutes classified as NHI (No Humans Involved).  It made NO difference that I was a supposedly privileged college educated call girl.  That morning, to that twenty something year old punk, if he had decided to do anything worse than take my money, my cell phone and my palm pilot I am very aware that I would have been the latest  “prostitute found dead in a motel” headline.  Most sex workers prioritize police retaliation over standing up for their rights as human beings.


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International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers Sunday, December 17th 

Where: UNLV, 5:30pm, Student Union, room 205 
What: Informational session on violence against sex workers- causes, issues, and policy exploration 

Afterwards, join us for a Vigil (location to be announced) where we remember women and transgender people who have been killed because they were sex workers. Bring a red umbrella and dress in black to show your support of eliminating violence against sex workers!  

Annie Sprinkle offers specific ways you can participate Dec. 17th. 

Ten Things You Can Do to Participate in the Fourth Annual International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers 

On December 17th, people around the world will be calling attention to hate crimes against sex workers, namely prostitutes. Here are some suggestions and options for ways to participate. Or by all means, make up your own.  

#1. Do something of personal meaning alone at home; take a ritual bath, or simply think about those who have died, light a candle, make a wish, have a cry, call a friend and discuss the topic, etc. 

#2. Write a short personal quote or a statement about violence against sex workers and send to the SWOP web site ( for them to post. 

#3. Send a donation to a nonprofit group that helps sex workers stay safer. 

#4. Organize a public memorial event in your town. If not, choose a place, and time, where you can gather. Make an email letter and/or flyer and get it around with news of the event. Invite people to bring writings, stories, readings, thoughts, related news items, poems, performances, etc. Make a circle at the event. Take turns sharing. This will make for a wonderful memorial and be great for consciousness raising and outreach as well. 

#5. Organize a panel discussion about violence towards sex workers. You can ask a church or other community space if you can do it there. 

#6. Send news of this event to any and all press you know, so the word gets out that there are people who care about murdered sex workers, and who are concerned with the safety of sex workers out there today. 

#7. Attend one of the events which is listed on the SWOP web site. 

#8. If you know any sex workers, send them some information about self-defense. 

#9. Send a personal email letter to people telling them how you feel about violence against sex workers and the women who were murdered by serial killer Gary Ridgeway. Or email this letter around. 

#10. Read Daisy Anarchy’s poem to yourself or to friends, or at one of the public events. Or email it around. 

Visit  for more information on the cause.

IUSW press release regarding Ipswich murders

14 12 2006


International Union Of Sex Workers calls for decriminalisation of sex work to increase worker safety

The confirmed murders of three prostitutes in the Ipswich area and concerns for a missing fourth highlight the desperate need for decriminalisation of sex work, states the International Union of Sex Workers (IUSW).

“Sex workers are currently forced into dangerous working situations by the illegality surrounding their profession, and do not feel able to report offences or concerns to police for fear of arrest,” says Ana Lopes, President of the IUSW. “ASBOs and proposed laws to criminalise clients are forcing them into increasingly vulnerable situations.
Decriminalisation would allow them to work safely and be protected by European labour laws. It is also an essential starting point to reducing stigma against sex workers which leads to their being even
more vulnerable to attack.”

Prostitutes need safe areas in which to work, be that safety zones on the streets or brothels where they can work together indoors. “Sex workers are part of the community and should be treated as such, not as a public disorder problem,” Lopes states. “We believe ways can be found to manage street sex work through cooperation with workers so that any inconvenience to the community is minimised. Police forces need to develop strategies to decrease violence in cooperation with workers, groups and unions such as ourselves, and the local community.”

The IUSW supports the English Collective of Prostitutes’ calls for a police amnesty to allow prostitutes to come forward with possible information about the murders without fear of arrest, but urges that this be extended into a new framework through decriminalization whereby sex workers are always free to report concerns to police. Financial support and cooperation is also needed from government and police forces to support sex work projects running Ugly Mug schemes (early warning systems about violent clients for sex workers).

International human rights and workers rights laws, already in place, must be applied to sex workers as much as to other members of society, the IUSW states. The Declaration of the Rights of Sex Workers in Europe, endorsed in the European Parliament in Brussels in October 2005, identifies human and labour rights that sex workers are entitled to under international law. These include: the right to life; the right to liberty and security of person; the right to be protected
against violence, physical injury, threats and intimidation; the right to equal protection of the law; and the right to work, to free choice of employment and just and favourable conditions of work.

The Sex Workers in Europe Manifesto, endorsed at the same time, represents the voices of sex workers from across Europe. It states:
“We condemn the hypocrisy within our societies where our services are used but our activities are criminalised and legislation results in our exploitation and lack of control over our work and lives.” The Manifesto calls for the establishment of designated areas for street prostitution to enable those who work in public places to do so safely.

Lopes comments, “December 17th is the fourth International Day To End Violence Against Sex Workers, the marking of which will be particularly poignant in the light of recent events. These murders highlight how urgent the need is to reassess the law and society’s view of sex workers to ensure they enjoy the same rights as the rest
of their communities.”

For further comment please contact:

Rose Conroy, GMB Press & Media for London Region, on , tel. 07974 251823

IUSW President Ana Lopez on , tel. 00351917162817

The Declaration of the Rights of Sex Workers in Europe and Sex Workers
in Europe Manifesto
can be found at

Regeringens handlingsplan til bekæmpelse af kvindehandel

3 12 2006

Regeringens handlingsplan til bekæmpelse af kvindehandel

Læs også Regeringens handlingsplan til bekæmpelse af kvindehandel:  på

Ligestillingsafdelingens hjemmeside:



Kompendium om indsatser mod kvindehandel i andre lande

I handlingsplanen er der listet en række konkrete initiativer. Læs resumé. Kompendium om indsatser mod kvindehandel 17-08-2006 Videns- og Formidlingscenter for Socialt Udsatte har for Minister for Ligestilling udarbejdet et kompendium over en række landes indsatser mod kvindehandel.

Læs kompendium her :  


European Report – Sex and the Welfare State

1 12 2006


European Report:

Sex and the Welfare State

Jurgen Van Acker is 27 years old and severely handicapped. He cannot walk, talk, sit or eat, but mentally there is nothing wrong with him. With the help of his computer he can communicate. Recently he became a television celebrity in Belgium when he asked that the welfare office pay his prostitutes.

When Jurgen turned 18, his mother Frie Van Acker told him all about sex and asked whether he would like to have sex. Jurgen indicated “No.” One evening three years later, however, he wrote on his computer: “I want sex.” That same evening, Frie contacted a prostitute. Every month for the past six years prostitutes have come to the house for Jurgen. They charge 100 euros for half an hour. Jurgen finds one session a month inadequate. He wants sex at least once a week, but his mother cannot pay that much. Jurgen and his Mum are now demanding that the government subsidize the sex sessions, but the Fund for the Social Integration of the Handicapped only finances masturbation equipment, including vibrators and pumps, for the handicapped in Belgium, but not prostitutes.

The Fund cannot pay prostitutes, its chairman Gui Abrahams explains, because prostitution is illegal in Belgium. The authorities turn a blind eye to prostitution but feel that financing it would take matters too far. Moreover, in order to reimburse a service the fund needs official invoices, which prostitutes cannot provide. “Do not say that we are not trying to help,” the spokesman of the Fund stresses: “We reimburse masturbation equipment but we are not in a legal position to subsidise the use of prostitutes.”

“My son cannot masturbate, but he is entitled to have sex at least once week,” Frie Van Acker says. “Giving him a free masturbation set does not help. He cannot use it. As I am his mother I cannot assist him there. That would almost be incest.” Jurgen and his mother have gained the support of Dr. Bo Coolsaet, a well-known Belgian sexuologist. “The healthcare system provides for inflatable penis prostheses for men with erection problems. These cost up to 10,000 euros.” According to Dr. Coolsaet handicapped people are being discriminated if their sexual needs are not adressed. “In homes for the handicapped either nothing is done at all or, sometimes, nurses help patients. The Fund should call the prostitutes ‘sexual aides’ and finance them as such.”

Last month European prostitutes demonstrated in Brussels. The prostitutes, who prefer to call themselves “sex workers,” want European Union governments to legalize prostitution, end all restrictions on their profession and apply labour laws to their profession. According to the International Committee on the Rights of Sex Workers in Europe (ICRSE) “Sex work is work and a profession, sex workers are workers and must be recognized as such.” If prostitution is legalized, the government can start subsidizing it, which opens new opportunities for the welfare states in its care for all our needs, from the cradle to the grave.

Paul Belien is the editor of the Flemish quarterly Secessie and the editor-in-chief of The Brussels Journal. He is a columnist at the Flemish weekly Pallieterke and at the Flemish monthly Doorbraak and a regular contributor to the Flemish conservative monthly Nucleus, which he co-founded in 1990.


I Danmark har vi også haft en lignende sag hvor Torben Vegener Hansen tog kampen op mod staten vedr. “merbetalingen” og søgte dermed for muligheden for at få differencen dækket, mellem et besøg på klinik og escortbesøg i hjemmet.

Socialministeren truede med at ændre loven hvis Torben fik medhold.

Torben tabte sagen og straks derefter fik Københavns Borgerrepræsentation indført Københavner kodekset d 9 marts 2006.



Torben the Dane demands a very social serviceAlex Duval Smith in Aarhus
Sunday January 1, 2006
The Observer

Many people would agree with Torben Vegener Hansen’s views on sex. ‘It makes me feel good. It makes me more dynamic. Having sex is as important as food.’ But it is his insistence that sex is ‘a human right’ that has led him into a legal battle with his government.Vegener Hansen, 59, who has cerebral palsy, is fighting to force the Danish state to subsidise visits to his home by prostitutes in the same way they would pay for a meals-on-wheels service.

‘Denmark’s social law provides for me to be compensated for the expenses I incur because of my handicap,’ he said. ‘It should therefore cover my right to a sex life.’

Vegener Hansen, a former social worker, lives alone in an adapted one-bedroom flat. He travels about Aarhus city centre using an electric wheelchair. The local council pays for him to receive 37 hours’ practical help every week. His speech is impaired but he uses the phone and internet.

‘I need to have sex to feel like a normal human being,’ he says over coffee and biscuits. ‘I have a girlfriend at the moment so I do not need to see prostitutes. But if I didn’t have Vivia I would want sex at least twice a month.’

Prostitution is legal in Denmark, so Vegener Hansen argues his local authority unfairly made a moral judgment when it rejected his application for financial support to bring prostitutes to his flat. If a social appeal board finds in his favour later this month, all Danish councils will have to obey the ruling.

Since 2001, Denmark’s social service guidelines on disability have stipulated that care staff in institutions must be prepared to help disabled people obtain sex. That includes accompanying them to a prostitute.

Arranging sex is part of the job for staff at the Hulegaarden residential home for mental disability near Copenhagen. Its director, Lars Nielsen, said: ‘We have many hours of discussion, in groups, before actually doing so. It is clear that there is no human being who is not also a sexual being. If we do not allow disabled people to have the experience of sex, we cannot expect them to build up their lives.

‘The social workers who accompany people to prostitutes receive their salary from Hulegaarden. In that respect, you can argue that Danish society is already paying for the practice.’

But Nielsen is uncomfortable about Vegener Hansen’s campaign because it affects two marginalised groups, prostitutes and disabled people. ‘Prostitution has been decriminalised since 1999. This has made life a lot safer for prostitutes and has taken most of them off the streets. But that could change. Decriminalisation remains controversial. Left-wing feminists are united with the religious right in their opposition to it. I think Vegener Hansen’s campaign is dangerous.’

Vegener Hansen’s 46-year-old girlfriend Vivia, who does not want to reveal her surname, opposes him. ‘I think it is important that the sex lives of disabled people be discussed, she said. ‘But I am against all forms of prostitution and think that, sometimes, you have to accept your destiny.’

Vegener Hansen has heard a wide range of arguments since he began his campaign. ‘One man wrote to the local newspaper and said I was just a horny guy. After that, a prostitute phoned me and said she would support me if I took my case to the European court.

‘The thing is, according to surveys, only about 15 per cent of men go to prostitutes. So it is not as though society will face financial ruin if I win. As disabled people, we are constantly told not to be passive and to fight for our needs. That is what I am doing.’



Torben V Hansen

Spastiker fra Århus midtpunkt i medieorkan

blkfade.gifSpastiker får nej til sex-hjælp 

Afslag: Samfundet vil ikke deltage ved prostitution


Københavns Borgerrepræsentation skriver således :

Københavns Kommune går foran i indsatsen mod prostitution

24. februar 2006

Prostitution skal begrænses og indsatsen over for prostitution skal styrkes. Det vedtog et flertal i Borgerrepræsentationen i går, da de bakkede op om Socialdemokraternes forslag. Med forslaget stoppes hjælpen til handicappede med at gå til prostituerede – formentligt som den første kommune i landet.


Københavns Kommune har taget et vigtigt skridt inden for indsatsen mod prostitution. Borgerrepræsentationen vedtog i går, at indsatsen mod prostitution skal styrkes ved:

  • At det forebyggende arbejde og den sociale indsats inden for prostitution skal undersøges.
  • At kommunens medarbejdere ikke længere skal hjælpe handicappede med at kontakte prostituerede.
  • At Socialministeriet opfordres til at ændre i ”Vejledning om seksualitet – uanset handicap”, så det ikke længere fremgår, at det er muligt for hjælpepersoner at tage kontakt til prostituerede på vegne at den person, de er hjælpeperson for.


Thor Grønlykke, socialordfører for Socialdemokraterne, udtaler, ”Jeg er glad for, at Borgerrepræsentationen bakkede op om vores forslag. Det er en meget vigtig sag. Vi må holde op med kun at bekæmpe prostitution halvhjertet”.


Socialdemokraterne mener ikke, at det er nok at hjælpe de prostituerede, mens de er i prostitution. Der bør fokuseres på at begrænse prostitution. Derved begrænses antallet af kvinder, der får ødelagt deres seksualitet, helbred og sociale situation.


Thor Grønlykke udtaler, ”København kommer til at gå foran i indsatsen mod prostitution. Vi håber, at vi kan starte en ny debat i Danmark. En debat, der bl.a. skal handle om, at man ikke skal gå til prostituerede. Derfor er det heller ikke i orden, at kommunens medarbejdere bruger ressourcer på at kontakte prostituerede på vegne af andre”.


Flertallet i Borgerrepræsentationen har lagt an til at styrke indsatsen mod prostitution ved at markere, at det ikke skal accepteres, at man benytter prostituerede – uanset hvilken situation, man er i.


Det vil Socialdemokraterne arbejde videre med.


Yderligere information kan fås hos:

Socialdemokraterne, socialpolitisk ordfører Thor Buch Grønlykke, tlf. nr. 27601430.







26.gif Stop for reklamer for prostitution – (er også en del af københavner kodeks “pakken“)

Det er nu lykkedes at få fjernet sexannoncerne fra ”Copenhagen This Week”, som distribueres af Wonderful Copenhagen. Fra april vil annoncerne være væk, og indtil da er bladet fjernet fra Københavns Turistinformation. Det sker efter, at Socialdemokraterne kontaktede Wonderful Copenhagen for at få stoppet prostitutionsreklamerne.



26.gif Ingen reklame for prostitution i turistbrochurer


Det er nu lykkedes at få fjernet sexannoncerne fra ”Copenhagen This Week”, som distribueres af Wonderful Copenhagen. Fra april vil annoncerne være væk, og indtil da er bladet fjernet fra Københavns Turistinformation. Det sker efter, at Socialdemokraterne kontaktede Wonderful Copenhagen for at få stoppet prostitutionsreklamerne.



Ligeledes anbefaler Københavner kodekset kommunens 42.000 ansatte at holde sig fra prostituerede..

læs hvad HK siger:


26.gif HKere: Hold nallerne fra vores sexliv

HKs medlemmer vil have deres sexliv i fred. Arbejdsgiverne skal overhovedet ikke blande sig i, om de går til prostituerede i fritiden.





Københavns Borgerrepræsentations kampagne mod prostituerede og kunder hedder :


København mod prostitution

København mod prostitution - kampagne


Borgerrepræsentationen har vedtaget et københavnerkodeks, der opfordrer alle ansatte og politikere i kommunen til at afholde sig fra at købe sex hos prostituerede.
Kodekset opfordrer samtidig til, at ansatte og politikere undlader at benytte hoteller, der formidler kontakt til prostituerede, samt at turistorganisationer undlader at reklamere for escort, stripklubber og bordeller.

Se pressemeddelelsen for:

København mod prostitution

kampagne plakatten som er ophængt rundt omkring i kbh ser således ud:

København mod prostitution - plakat