International Sex Workers’ Day

The International Sex Workers’ Day falls on June 2 each year. It seeks to promote rights and welfare of sex workers, who are often discriminated and criminalised. This day commemorates the 1975 protest in France that involved some 100 sex workers assembling in the Lyon’s Saint-Nizier Church to protest against a new law that criminalised their work. This event marks the beginning of rights movement for sex workers in Europe.

Every year, the theme for this day is “Access to Justice”. It seeks to remove barriers faced by sex workers when accessing justice, both as victims as well as defendants.

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