Comitato per I Diritti Civili delle Prostitute and Associazione Radicale Certi Diritti  

“In these days we are witnessing the extraordinary health emergency that requires our country – and the entire planet – to adopt extraordinary measures to counter the spread of Coronavirus. The adoption of such emergency measures has had serious economic, as well as social consequences for all parts of the population. In the face of this situation, the Government has considered it essential to intervene with Decree n. 18/2020, so-called “Cura Italia”.

It is our concern to remind through this appeal of some categories excluded from the support contained in the act in question: workers in the underground sectors, with particular regard to workers and sex workers, among whom many are migrants and some potential victims of trafficking. Coronavirus has thrown millions of people into crisis. For sex workers, forced by criminalisation, stigma and discrimination to live in the shadows, the crisis is more hidden and also makes their condition more dramatic. Much of sex work involves personal contact – exactly what we should not do if we want the spread of the virus to be contained.

To this end, our associations join the call of the International Committee for the Rights of Sex Workers in Europe (ICRSE) and TAMPEP, the European Network for the Rights of Migrant Sex Workers, calling on governments across Europe to take concrete measures for those who see their marginalised status in society worsened.”

See the Full Statement Attached for Urgent Calls to Government.