Sex Rights Movements : Sex Work : Use And Social Rights

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Sex workers rights activists, although the methods they use and the way in which they frame their ideas vary place to place, they all follow the same rough set of rights that all sex workers should have. They should have the right to be free from the risk of violence that results from the stigma surrounding the industry. They should be free of discrimination based on their sexuality. They should not be penalized because of their practice of sex work. They have the right to safe working environment, with access to health care, support and protection to ensure they are working safely.
The term sex work came into being in the 1980s and has been used ever since to describe prostitution type work in a better way. At a women’s liberation movement conference there was panel, “Towards the Elimination of Prostitution” which was discussed amongst everyone except for prostitutes. As a result, prostitutes focused their rage against the other women who wanted to put an end their means of living, spurring a movement. Throughout the 1970s there were several groups that existed to protect sex work. There was Prostitutes United for Social and Sexual Integration, which later became Prostitution Laws are Nonsense. In 1975 the English Collective of Prostitutes (ECP) came to being. Originally the ECP was all about abolition. They then became part of working class movement, where women deserved to be paid for all work, including sex. At the same time in 1975, the prostitutes’ movement spread
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