Study from: UK Economic and Social Research Council Migrant Workers in the UK Sex Industry: First Findings July 2009 Key points.

August 17, 2009 at 4:25 pm (Uncategorized)

 The majority of the migrant workers in the UK sex industry we interviewedwere not forced or trafficked . Immigration status is by far the single mostimportant factor restricting their ability to exercise their rights in theirprofessional and private lives . Working in the sex industry is often a wayfor those interviewed to avoid the unrewarding and sometimes exploitativeconditions they meet in non-sexual jobs . By working in the sex industry,many interviewees are able to maintain dignified living standards in the UKwhile dramatically improving the living conditions of their families in thecountry of origin.. The stigmatisation of sex work is the main problem intervieweesexperienced while working in the sex industry and this impacted negativelyon both their private and professional lives . The combination of thestigmatisation of sex work and lack of leStudy from: UK Economic and Social Research Council Migrant Workers in the UK Sex Industry: First Findings July 2009 Key points. The majority of the migrant workers in the UK sex industry we interviewedwere not forced or trafficked . Immigration status is by far the single mostimportant factor restricting their ability to exercise their rights in theirprofessional and private lives . Working in the sex industry is often a wayfor those interviewed to avoid the unrewarding and sometimes exploitativeconditions they meet in non-sexual jobs . By working in the sex industry,many interviewees are able to maintain dignified living standards in the UKwhile dramatically improving the living conditions of their families in thecountry of origin.. The stigmatisation of sex work is the main problem intervieweesexperienced while working in the sex industry and this impacted negativelyon both their private and professional lives . The combination of thestigmatisation of sex work and lack of legal immigration documentation makesinterviewees more vulnerable to violence and abuse . Relations between sexworkers and clients are described as generally characterised by mutualconsent and respect, although some reported problematic clients who weredisrespectful, aggressive or abusive. The impossibility of guaranteeingindefinite leave to remain to victims of trafficking undermines the effortsof the Police and other authorities against criminal organizations . Mostinterviewees feel that the criminalisation of clients will not stop the sexindustry and that it would be pushed underground, making it more difficultfor migrants working in the UK sex industry to assert their rights inrelation to both clients and employers . All interviewees thought thatlegalising sex work and the people involved and making it easier for allmigrants to become and remain documented would improve their living andworking conditions and enable them to exercise their rights more fully.gal immigration documentation makesinterviewees more vulnerable to violence and abuse . Relations between sexworkers and clients are described as generally characterised by mutualconsent and respect, although some reported problematic clients who weredisrespectful, aggressive or abusive . The impossibility of guaranteeingindefinite leave to remain to victims of trafficking undermines the effortsof the Police and other authorities against criminal organizations . Mostinterviewees feel that the criminalisation of clients will not stop the sexindustry and that it would be pushed underground, making it more difficultfor migrants working in the UK sex industry to assert their rights inrelation to both clients and employers . All interviewees thought thatlegalising sex work and the people involved and making it easier for allmigrants to become and remain documented would improve their living andworking conditions and enable them to exercise their rights more fully.

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