Press Release from RedTraSex (Argentina)

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Solidarity with sex workers in Europe!

Adherence to protests challenging
the deaths of Jasmine and Dora

 July 18, 2013. – From Sex Workers´s Network of Latin America and the Caribbean (Redtrasex), we extend our solidarity to all sex workers in Sweden and throughout Europe and adhere to the protests that will take place tomorrow, Friday 19 in different countries  because of   Jasmine and Dora´s death , sex workers .

The sad news Jasmine´s murder, a sex worker from Sweden, committed the July 11 puts us on alert. This crime tells us about the vulnerability of female sex workers when states do not advocate our protection and the guarantee of our rights. Instead, we push further underground with penalty laws for customers. Moreover, this crime highlights the stigma, discrimination and violence that they constantly live as sex workers.

In Sweden, the persecution of sex work is done through the penalization of customers and non-recognition of our bussines, such as that. On this side of the world, the discourse of those who say they are fighting against the IS people, exalts this model. Thus, it feeds the extent grade of violence against us leaving exposed and socially vulnerable.

For over 15 years, Redtrasex strives to support and strengthen the Sex Workers Women’s Organizations in the defense and promotion of their human rights. Our Network consists of organizations from 16 countries and we  hope to add many more like: Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Dominican Republic and Uruguay.

We support from Latin America, all claims related to the promotion of sex workers rights  and repudiate any act of physical and symbolic violence that is imposed on us anywhere in the world.

Being leaders of our own lives will decrease symbolic and physical violence that we suffered by states and groups that seems to claim against trafficking.

Elena Reynaga
Executive Secretary Redtrasex

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