Despite other contact professions opening already in the Netherlands, discrimination and arbitrary interventions have delayed reopening of the sex industry. To advocate for fair treatment of sex work, SekswerkExpertise, a platform that stands for improving the position of sex workers, have released a hygiene protocol with which they believe they can limit the spread of the coronavirus enough that sex workers can start working again. Sex worker led organisation PROUD have noted that sex workers have been excluded from coronavirus aid. A number of sex workers in Amsterdam were facing eviction because they have not been able to pay their rent for three months.
Sex workers and our allies are showing that as history tells us, sex workers are experts at health and safety, and must be recognised as able to work in the safest way possible. Full news story here