Human rights are rights inherent to all human beings, whatever our nationality, place of residence, sex, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, language, or any other status. We are all equally entitled to our human rights without discrimination. These rights are all interrelated, interdependent and indivisible. (United Nations Human Rights, 2020). Sex workers’ rights encompass a variety of aims being pursued globally by individuals and organizations that specifically involve the human health, and labour of sex workers and their clients. This study draws upon the experience of sex workers in the field of “sex work as a job” and their understanding about Human Rights with reference to Amnesty International Policy. This case study tries to understand multiple and interjecting forms of discrimination and exclusion faced by sex workers, their views about “sex work” as job, their understanding of their rights to leave the job when they choose to, their perception on the need of decriminalizing sex work and the accessibility of sex workers with respect to judicial system and health care. The study was conducted in Trivandrum District, Kerala. The study reveals that sex workers are extremely harassed in the society and policies relating to human rights of sex workers exist but the implementation and knowledge about it is low.
Amnesty International, Human Rights, Sex Work, Discrimination, Decriminalization
Anju Cerin Mathew, Francina P X*
Loyola College of Social Sciences, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala