Sex Work and Human Rights

“Why are you interested in sex workers’ rights?”

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JusticeToday, news reached me that yet another sex worker died as a result of laws criminalising sex work. A 24-year old woman in South Korea jumped out of a hotel room on the 6th floor to escape arrest by an undercover police officer who had posed as a client. She suffered severe injuries and died in the early morning hours at a nearby hospital. Although I suppose I am somewhat hardened by the many deaths of sex workers I have read or been told about over the last years, this one hit closer to home, maybe because I’ve lived in South Korea and can therefore imagine the environment in which this tragedy happened better than in most other parts of the world.

As I was thinking about this, I remembered the countless times people have asked me why I am interested in the cause of sex workers’ rights, and on…

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