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This briefing paper presents the findings of a mapping exercise undertaken by the Sex Workers’ Advocacy Network (SWAN) in early 2021. It explores the situation and needs of migrant sex workers in the Central, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia region (CEECA).

Despite the significant scale of migration of sex workers throughout the region, there is a lack of available research on the specific experiences of migrant sex workers and what support is available to them. As the regional network of sex worker-led organisations in CEECA, SWAN undertook this exercise as a first step to better understand the movements of migrant sex workers; their experiences in accessing services and support; the human rights violations they face and what our membership believe would make a difference in their lives.

This briefing paper outlines the key trends identified by our members and makes initial recommendations to address gaps in services and advocacy. It will help steer our approach to advancing the rights and health of migrant sex workers in our region in the coming years through our programming, fundraising and advocacy work.

The resource is available in English and Russian.

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