International Whores' Day or International Sex Workers Day is observed annually on June 2 of each year, honours sex workers and recognises their often exploited working conditions. In German, it is known as Hurentag Whore's Day. In the s, French police kept sex workers under increasing pressure. The police reprisals  forced sex workers to work increasingly in secret. As a result, protection of sex workers decreased and led to more violence against them.
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The rights of sex workers are slowly gaining more recognition, but far too many still need to keep their heads down in order to survive. The sex worker rights movement has grown significantly over the past two decades. Sex workers have organised to demand recognition of sexual labour as labour; challenge stigma, discrimination, and all forms of violence, including by law enforcement; improve working conditions; lobby for full human, social, and labour rights; advocate for the decriminalisation of sex work; and provide peer-based support and services. This has taken the form of greater police surveillance of the sex industry; raids on sex work establishments; forced detention in rehabilitation centres; arrests and prosecutions of sex workers as traffickers; and deportations of migrant sex workers. Further, the crucial role of sex worker organisations in promoting the rights, safety, and security of sex workers and addressing working conditions in the industry has largely gone unrecognised by national and international policymakers, donors, and some non-governmental organisations. The ideologies, assumptions, and agendas that fuel the anti-trafficking industry have also resulted in the exclusion and silencing of sex workers when it comes to the development of policies that directly affect their lives and work. Over the last ten years, this trend has certainly been evident in countries where governments have enacted laws that criminalise the purchase of sexual services.
Amnesty International is today publishing its policy on protecting sex workers from human rights violations and abuses, along with four research reports on these issues in Papua New Guinea, Hong Kong, Norway and Argentina. Our research highlights their testimony and the daily issues they face. The policy makes several calls on governments including for them to ensure protection from harm, exploitation and coercion; the participation of sex workers in the development of laws that affect their lives and safety; an end to discrimination and access to education and employment options for all.
The core aim of ICRSE is to ensure that the voices of sex workers in the region are heard, listened to and respected. We strive to raise awareness about the social exclusion of sex workers of all genders in Europe and Central Asia; to promote the human, health and labour rights of all sex workers at the community, national and regional level; and to build alliances with key partners, including sex workers and their organisations on a global level, and with NGOs, other civil society organisations and key stakeholders involved in policy- and decision-making processes in the Europe and Central Asia. ICRSE opposes all forms of criminalisation of sex work and firmly rejects the conflation of sex work with human trafficking.