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About Hydra's Peers

Hydra e.V. is Germany's first sex workers’ association. Established in Berlin in 1980, it has run a local, government-funded outreach and counselling centre since 1985. Hydra keeps campaigning for the full recognition of sex work as work and for the end of stigmatising and indirectly criminalising laws within the current model. Since 2012, Hydra provides peer-to-peer workshops by and for sex workers in various work settings and venues carried out by a team of six sex workers from different linguistic and migratory backgrounds. This article is a joint effort of the peer team.

Articles by Hydra's Peers

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Constitutional conventions: best practice

Sex workers want peer knowledge, not state control

A proposed law in Germany pretends to help prostitutes by registering them, but it will only increase sex workers’ precariousness and vulnerability. Respect and peer knowledge would go much farther.

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