Problematic paragraphs in the FEMM Committee report

Dear all,

On behalf of the International Committee on the Rights of Sex Workers in Europe (ICRSE), Tampep International Foundation: European Network for HIV/STI Prevention and Health Promotion among Migrant Sex Workers, Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women – International Secretariat and La Strada International, we would like to raise our concern on several problematic paragraphs in the FEMM Committee report on implementation of the Directive 2011/36/EU of 5 April 2011 on preventing and combating trafficking in human beings and protecting its victims from a gender perspective (2015/2118(INI))2015/2118(INI)). The plenary debate and vote on the report is scheduled to take place tomorrow, 12 May.

 Our organisations have been closely following the drafting of the report. We observed that several amendments were added to the initial report which conflate trafficking and sex work and propose the Swedish model (client criminalisation) and therefore would threaten the human rights of sex workers if states followed and implemented the report’s recommendations. We highlight these paragraphs and why we believe they are harmful for sex workers and kindly ask you to vote against these amendments.

Please let us know if you need more information.

All the best,

Boglarka Fedorko
Advocacy Officer, International Committee on the Rights of Sex Workers in Europe – ICRSE