The research on voluntary sex work in Skopje, Macedonia

STAR-STAR published the research on voluntary sex work in Skopje

The research encompassed 73 sex workers operating on the territory of the City of Skopje. The interviewees were women, men and transgender individuals from the open scene, closed scene and the scene of Shuto Orizari (the district with the majority of roma people).

STAR-STAR, as a civil association that actively involves persons from the sex industry since its inception, has an objective to promote sex work which is most commonly a free choice and has absolutely no connections whatsoever with issues regarding human trafficking.

Based on the continuous assessment of the realistic situation in the Republic of Macedonia in terms of general population’s perception of sex work and sex workers in general, STAR-STAR have come to a conclusion that it is necessary to conduct a research in the city of Skopje, where most sex workers actually operate, in order to collect data and analyze sex workers’ attitudes towards voluntary sex work and the legalization of sex work.

Among reasons that triggered this research include the continual “dedication” of government institutions to human right of human trafficking victims, but on the other hand ignoring and violating sex workers’ rights on a daily basis by the police, institutions and the media.

Read the research here (in macedonian and english).

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