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The Sex-Industry – Rome 27. & 28.05.2018

It is a great honor for me, to talk on Monday in the Italian parliament about the German sex-industry. Resitenza Femminista and many other Italian women’s organizations have organized a conference on the sex-industry and human trafficking.

European Conference – French Parliament – Paris 24.05.2018

It is a great honor for me, to talk on Thursday in the french parliament. CAP and MdN have organized an European Conference on prostitution and human trafficking in France and Europe. Experts come together to evaluate the situation and compare it from the different perspectives in order to end this form of violence and sexual exploitation.

24th of May 2018, 9 am to 1:30 pm – Salle Colbert, National Assembly.

International Abolitionist Conference – Buenos Aires May 17th, 18th and 19th 2018

International Abolitionist Conference
Towards a true abolitionism
May 17th, 18th and 19th, 2018 – Buenos Aires, Argentina
Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, University of Buenos Aires (UBA)
Centro Cultural General San Martín, rooms C and D, 1551 Sarmiento Street.

Vancouver / Canada, 19.09.-20.09.2016: International approaches to prostitution: Sweden, Germany, Canada.

Prostitution is a controversial issue around the world, including Canada. This panel will discuss the impact of the different approaches to prostitution adopted by Sweden and Germany. Speakers will also examine Canada´s new prostitution law with a focus on Vancouver.

Second World Congress Against Sexual Exploitation of Women & Girls
New Delhi, 29 January – 01 Februar 2017

The programme of this 3-day event includes the following plenary sessions and workshops:

· The last girl first : ending sexual exploitation of the most marginalized women and girls

· Survivors of prostitution mobilize to combat commercial sexual exploitation

· SAARC regional dynamics and challenges (India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan…)

· Youth and students movements for the abolition of prostitution

· Launch of a global coalition of trade unions standing together against sexual exploitation

· Added value of new technologies in the fight against sexual exploitation

World Congress on Women’s Health – Dublin 2017

Title: 15 Years after adoption of the legalization of prostitution in Germany, evaluating the impact on and the consequences for women’s mental health.

Presenter: Dr. Ingeborg Kraus

Where: 07.02.2017 in Dublin

Introduction/Objective: Germany instituted a law in 2002 that legalized prostitution without any regulation in an attempt to normalise it as a job like any other. It was put in place because it was argued that it wasn’t prostitution that was traumatizing but the stigmatization of these women by society. Fifteen years after passing the law, my colleagues in the field of Psychology and I have analysed the impact of the law on prostition itself and on womens health. This symposium will present the key observations based on direct clinical work & analysis of patient studies, of the mental health impacts of prostitution on women involved in the German sex industry over the last 15 years. I will outline positive approaches as medical practitioners to support and assist women who suffer mental ill-health as a consequence of this experience, and finally; to reflect on a number of recommended policy changes with the objective of more broadly improving the situation.

Methods: Patient studies, literature, cooperation with people working on the front line with women in prostitution.

Results: Extremely negative impact of the established legislative regime directly on mental health of women in the German sex industry overall. The evolution of a changed profile of women in the sex industry in Germany with an increase in women from more heavily constrained and coerced situations and the compound negative effect this has on mental health. A more challenging situation for practitioners, violence against women’s services and mental health advocates in Germany to overcome. Gender sensitive approaches yield positive outcomes in some cases.

Conclusions: The need to reflect carefully on preventative measures which lie in overall policy provision to reduce the exploitation and trauma to women in the sex industry. Additionally, development of and access for women to specialized, gender sensitive mental health services to reduce the harm to women’s mental health through prostitution are essential.

Conference on the sex trade. Stockholm 02.10.2017

With Gail Dines and Ingeborg Kraus.

Sweden has chosen to punish the sex buyers 1999, Germany has chosen to legalize prostitution in 2002. What are the results? Which model protects women in prostitution the best? How does it influence the society? Which model helps the best in the fight against trafficking in women? It is time to draw a balance!