Regional updates: Europe

Our members are listed on the left or you can click the red umbrellas on the map.

Regional Board Members

Nataliia Isaieva (Legalife-Ukraine), Ukraine.

Dinah de Riquet-Bons (STRASS), France.

Regional Networks

The International Committee for the Rights of Sex Workers in Europe (ICRSE) is a European network of sex workers and allies across Europe and Central Asia. It was formed in 2004 to organise the 2005 European Conference on Sex Work, Human Rights, Labour and Migration and is based in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

The Sex Workers’ Rights Advocacy Network for Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia (SWAN) is a network of sex workers' groups and civil society. SWAN started in 2006 as a project within Hungarian Civil Liberties Union (HCLU/TASZ) and became an independent organisation in 2012 and is based in Budapest, Hungary.

News articles from Europe region are listed below.

Regional updates

7th April 2015 | Region: Europe

NSWP values diversity and encourages applications from individuals with sex work experience but also welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

Our core values are:

6th April 2015 | Region: Europe

According to a report at Human Rights Watch (HRW), Greek Prime Minister, Alexis Tsipras, on the 2nd of April, repealed the health regulation used to justify roundups and forced HIV testing of people alleged to be sex workers.

31st March 2015 | Region: Europe

As the French Senate prepared to debate a proposal to criminalise the clients of sex workers on Monday, March the 30th and Tuesday March the 31st, a university study showed that the vast majority of sex workers in France are opposed to the proposed new law.

27th March 2015 | Region: Asia and the Pacific, Europe

On May 1st, Thai sex worker Thanta Laovilawanyakul enters the Danish stage in Copenhagen to add a new perspective to the question; why do Westerns travel around the globe to get something as banal as sex.

One by one, people from the audience will be lead onto the stage to play different experiences with sex worker Thanta Laovilawanyakul at Betty Nansens Theatre in Copenhagen in May.

The controversial play ‘Love-Theatre’ has been developed by two Danish instructors: Tue Biering and Jeppe Kristensen.

27th March 2015 | Region: Asia and the Pacific, Europe

On May 1st, Thai sex worker Thanta Laovilawanyakul enters the Danish stage in Copenhagen to add a new perspective to the question; why do Westerns travel around the globe to get something as banal as sex.

One by one, people from the audience will be lead onto the stage to play different experiences with sex worker Thanta Laovilawanyakul at Betty Nansens Theatre in Copenhagen in May.

The controversial play ‘Love-Theatre’ has been developed by two Danish instructors: Tue Biering and Jeppe Kristensen.

16th March 2015 | Region: Europe

On Monday, March the 16th, NSWP member group SCOT-PEP (Scottish Prostitutes Education Project) launched a Know Your Rights information card for indoor sex workers.

13th March 2015 | Region: Europe

The six-week long Leicester Red Project is in its second-to-last week, but there is still time to catch a final screening.

11th March 2015 | Region: Europe

The Independent reports that a civil court in Barcelona has ruled that sex workers in Spain are to be entitled to the same labour rights as workers in any other industry and that they should have the right to claim unemployment benefits when not in work.

26th February 2015 | Region: Global, Europe

Following January’s sold-out run of shows at the Arcola Theatre, London, the Sex Workers’ Opera is returning for a one-off performance to mark International Women’s Day 2015.

26th February 2015 | Region: Global, Europe

Following January’s sold-out run of shows at the Arcola Theatre, London, the Sex Workers’ Opera is returning for a one-off performance to mark International Women’s Day 2015.

24th February 2015 | Region: Europe
On Friday, 19 February, Transgender Europe (TGEU) called attention to the fact that 34 countries in Europe still do not allow trans people to change their legal name and gender without having to undergo humiliating and abusive procedures.
23rd February 2015 | Region: Europe

A bill introduced in the Scottish Parliament calls for new powers to increase penalties for human trafficking. The Human Trafficking and Exploitation (Scotland) Bill was introduced on December 11 2014.

5th February 2015 | Region: Global, Europe

This just in from NSWP's European correspondent:

A new research report from Malmö University, commissioned by the Swedish Association for Sexuality Education (RFSU), criticises the so-called Swedish Modelof social policy on sex work, concluding that claims of the policy’s success have been greatly exaggerated.

5th February 2015 | Region: Global, Europe

This just in from NSWP's European correspondent:

A new research report from Malmö University, commissioned by the Swedish Association for Sexuality Education (RFSU), criticises the so-called Swedish Modelof social policy on sex work, concluding that claims of the policy’s success have been greatly exaggerated.

5th February 2015 | Region: Europe

Proposed new law is dangerously misguided, say sex workers.

On Wednesday 4th February, sex workers and supporters launched ‘Realising Sex Workers’ Rights in Ireland,’ a ground-breaking paper addressing the reality of sex work in Ireland. Featuring the views of sex workers, legal practitioners and academics, the paper draws on international research and sets out a human rights and social justice response to sex work in Ireland.