International Sex Workers’ Day has Observed on June 2nd

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International Sex Workers’ Day has observed annually on June 2nd of each year to honor sex workers and recognizes their often-exploited working conditions. The day remembers the discrimination of prostitutes and their often-exploitative living and conditions of working.

It is also known as International Whores’ Day.

The day was celebrated for the first time in 1976. On the same day in 1975, more than 100 prostitutes occupied the Church Saint-Nizier in Lyon to get attention to their situation. And this event is regarded as the starting point of a movement for prostitutes' and sex workers' rights.

Similar dates regard with sex workers across the world are;

  • International Sex Workers' Rights Day is being observed on 3rd March and International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers is being observed on 17th December every year.

Currently, there are 3 million sex workers in India between the age of 15-35 years. In the mid of May, the Indian Supreme Court recognized prostitution as a profession and the sex workers were recognized as professionals and they are entitled to dignity and constitutional rights. Prostitution is not illegal in India but several activities under prostitution are punishable by law.

 

   Important points for the exam:

  • International Sex Workers’ Day has observed annually on June 2nd of each year to honor sex workers and recognizes their often-exploited working conditions.
  • It is also known as International Whores’ Day.
  • The day was celebrated for the first time in 1976. 
  • In the mid of May, the Indian Supreme Court recognized prostitution as a profession and the sex workers were recognized as professionals and they are entitled to dignity and constitutional rights.

   Facts to know:

  • International Sex Workers' Rights Day: 3rd March.
  • International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers: 17th December.
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