TAMPEP Joins Sex Workers and our Networks in The European Parliament on 15th October 2019

At the invitation of MEP Sophie in ‘t Veld (D66), there will be an exhibition and a round table discussion about sex work in the European Parliament this week. The exhibition will consist of photo portraits and personal stories of sex workers from all over the world. The exhibition is based on the book “United under a red umbrella – sex work around the world” by former sex worker Mariska Majoor and her daughter Robin Haurissa from Amsterdam.

The exhibition will be opened tonight (14 October) at 6.30 pm in the presence of Mariska Major, Robin Haurissa and Sophie in ‘t Veld and can be seen until the end of this week in the ASP 3rd floor exhibition space (next to the voxbox).

Tomorrow, on Tuesday 15 October at 12.30 pm (ASP 5G1), there will be a round table discussion with sex workers organizations from all over Europe who will share their experiences and policy ideas with the politicians, policy makers and NGOs present. The EU Police Training Agency (CEPOL) will also give a presentation on how police officers can be trained to be more aware of the rights of sex workers. An undoubtedly lively debate will follow on sex work policies in the EU.


“Many of my colleagues, both from the right and from the left, tend to see sex workers only as victims or as an unwanted phenomenon. As a result, sex workers are often not seen as a discussion partner in politics. By bringing them to the EP, we are talking to them, not about them. Politicians sometimes speak tough language about curbing sex work, unfortunately often without considering the consequences of this for the position and safety of sex workers” MEP Sophie in’t Veld


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