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This Wednesday is International Sex Workers’ Day. Each year, on 2 June, NSWP focuses on the theme of Access to Justice when commemorating this day.
On 2 June 1975, approximately 100 sex workers occupied Saint-Nizier Church in Lyon, France, to express their anger about their criminalised and exploitative living conditions. They hung a banner from the steeple which read ‘Our children do not want their mothers to go to jail’, and launched a media campaign to broadcast their grievances to the world. Their action made national and international news headlines, started a strike that involved sex workers from all over France, and created a legacy of activism that is celebrated each year on International Sex Workers’ Day.
Read more about the day’s history on the NSWP website: