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State Regulations and Policies to Control Sex Work Cause Human Rights Violations in Austria

The Sex Workers' Forum of Vienna has submitted a shadow report to the UN Committee Against Torture which is reviewing Austria's compliance with international agreements on preventing torture this April. Sex work in Austria is legal if sex workers are registered with authorities and undergo mandatory medical exams.

Sex Workers' Forum reports that sex workers regularly receive degrading treatment in the course of such medical exams from the Vienna communal health office. They further denounce degrading treatment on the part of police who use under-cover operations to arrest unlicensed sex workers and charge them with misdemeanors. They report that stigmatization of sex workers leads to impunity for crimes against them. Finally, they also denounce the lack of employment options for female asylum seekers, that restrict many women to sex work.

The PDF of the report is available here