Sex Work and Human Rights

Research Project Korea on the Charlie Spice Show

On April 5th, I had the pleasure of being invited onto the Charlie Spice Show to join Douglas Fox and Sarah Walker as well as host Charlie Spice in a discussion about sex work, sex workers and the sex industry. During the discussion about the decriminalisation of sex work, the influence of radical feminists on prostitution laws, or the global sex workers’ rights movement, I was also given ample time to highlight the human rights situation of sex workers in South Korea to a global audience, as well as to talk about the protests organised by Korean sex workers since the passing of the Anti-Sex Trade Law here in 2004.

Please click on the play button to listen to excerpts from the Charlie Spice Show.


Charlie Spice is a talk show host, sex industry consultant, and author. He is also a former professional with over 26 years experience in all sectors of the industry in the USA, UK, Europe and the Caribbean. Since retiring in 2006, he has been using his knowledge and expertise to offer consultancy to NGOs, government organisations, health organisations, HIV/AIDS organisations and universities.


Douglas Fox is a sex worker activist and editor of the sex industry blog Harlot’s Parlour.

Sarah Walker is a spokesperson for the English Collective of Prostitutes which campaigns for womens’ safety and the decriminalisation of prostitution.

Matthias Lehmann is an independent researcher and the creator of Research Project Korea.

Towards the end of the show, we were also joined by Peter W. Wickham, Director at the Caribbean Development Research Services (CADRES), a political research organisation conducting social and political surveys and related research in the Caribbean.

Charlie Spice Show

The Charlie Spice Show is a new weekly talk show on internet radio, which engages guests and the audience in live, interactive and open discussions on controversial issues and news about sex work, sex workers and the sex industry. One of the main objectives of the show is to highlight issues, which tend to be marginalized, ignored and swept under the carpet as a result of moralistic views, political expedience and hypocrisy.

The aim is also to offer an in-depth, unbiased look at the difficult issues as we seek to uncover the truth and take the audience beyond the speculations, misconceptions, lies, myths, stereotypes and hypocrisy about this “taboo” industry, which continues to intrigue the masses on all sides of the fence. The show also gives the audience an inside look at the mechanics and dynamics of the sex/adult entertainment industry.

As a global media platform, forum and social network, the Charlie Spice Show gives sex industry professionals and organisations a powerful voice to promote their views, opinions, events, products and services.

Please click on the play button to listen to the show in its
full length. You can also download it as mp3 file (37mb).

Call-in Show

The eRadio Broadcast Network, which produces and broadcasts the Charlie Spice Show has over 60 thousand listeners worldwide.

The Charlie Spice Show is live and interactive. Therefore, listeners can participate in the discussion to ask questions or to share their views, opinions and comments. Listeners can participate by calling into the studio via telephone on +1 347 855 8239, via skype or instant chat messaging.

More info at Charlie Spice Show.

4 responses

  1. Hey Matthias Lehmann,
    Caught your show today and really appreciate your perspective. Would love to have a conversation with you. Please do be in touch.

    April 6, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    • Thanks, Maxine. I am very glad we got in touch. 🙂

      May 5, 2012 at 2:37 pm

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