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for Prostitutes' Rights:
World Charter For Prostitutes' Rights
Amsterdam 1985, Published in Pheterson, G (ed.), A Vindication
of the Rights of Whores. Seattle: Seal Press, 1989. (p.40)
Decriminalize all aspects of adult prostitution resulting from individual
Decriminalize prostitution and regulate third parties according to standard
business codes. It must be noted that existing standard business codes
allow abuse of prostitutes. Therefore special clauses must be included
to prevent the abuse and stigmatization of prostitutes (self-employed
Enforce criminal laws against fraud, coercion, violence, child sexual
abuse, child labor, rape, racism everywhere and across national boundaries,
whether or not in the context of prostitution.
Eradicate laws that can be interpreted to deny freedom of association,
or freedom to travel, to prostitutes within and between countries. Prostitutes
have rights to a private life.
Guarantee prostitutes all human rights and civil liberties, including
the freedom of speech, travel, immigration, work, marriage, and motherhood
and the right to unemployment insurance, health insurance and housing.
Grant asylum to anyone denied human rights on the basis of a "crime
of status," be it prostitution or homosexuality.
There should be no law which implies systematic zoning of prostitution.
Prostitutes should have the freedom to choose their place of work and
residence. It is essential that prostitutes can provide their services
under the conditions that are absolutely determined by themselves and
no one else.
There should be a committee to insure the protection of the rights of
the prostitutes and to whom prostitutes can address their complaints.
This committee must be comprised of prostitutes and other professionals
like lawyers and supporters.
There should be no law discriminating against prostitutes associating
and working collectively in order to acquire a high degree of personal
All women and men should be educated to periodical health screening
for sexually transmitted diseases. Since health checks have historically
been used to control and stigmatize prostitutes, and since adult prostitutes
are generally even more aware of sexual health than others, mandatory
checks for prostitutes are unacceptable unless they are mandatory for
all sexually active people.
Employment, counseling, legal, and housing services for runaway children
should be funded in order to prevent child prostitution and to promote
child well-being and opportunity.
Prostitutes must have the same social benefits as all other citizens
according to the different regulations in different countries.
Shelters and services for working prostitutes and re-training programs
for prostitutes wishing to leave the life should be funded.
No special taxes should be levied on prostitutes or prostitute businesses.
Prostitutes should pay regular taxes on the same basis as other independent
contractors and employees, and should receive the same benefits.
Support educational programs to change social attitudes which stigmatize
and discriminate against prostitutes and ex-prostitutes of any race,
gender or nationality.
Develop educational programs which help the public to understand that
the customer plays a crucial role in the prostitution phenomenon, this
role being generally ignored. The customer, like the prostitute, should
not, however, be criminalized or condemned on a moral basis.
We are in solidarity with workers in the sex industry.
Organizations of prostitutes and ex-prostitutes should be supported
to further implementation of the above charter.