The 19th issue of Zi Teng Newsletter
Sorry for this late issue. It is supposed to send it to you by the end of October. However, as we really would like to share with you our international law conference “The Ins and Outs of Sex Work and the Law”, where local and international speakers discuss why decriminalization of sex work should be implemented in Hong Kong, this issue comes out late.

It is an undeniable fact that sex work is not yet widely accepted as a kind of legitimate, conventional work in many countries, despite that there is no real difference between a salesperson, who secures her/his business by pleasing her/his clients with different methods, and a sex worker, who makes use of her/his body to please her/his clients. However, we always believe that sex work should not be seen as a crime, but a kind of work, and sex workers are entitled to basic labor rights. In order to make sex work conventional and acceptable, decriminalization of sex work must be the first step. Sex workers can then enhance their social and legal status through the protection and recognition of legal system.

Decriminalization of sex work, i.e. criminal laws related to sex work are repealed and sex work is regarded in the same way as other business, being regulated by the laws already in place, has been implemented in some countries and areas. In coming issues, we will share with you the different knowledge about decriminalization of sex work. We first bring you the positive outcomes brought by decriminalization of sex work to New South Wales in Australia, which is provided by our conference speaker from Scarlet Alliance (sex workers organization in Australia). Certainly, we will also share with you our activities in the past 3 months.

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