Sex Work and Corona
At a glance
Due to the Corona pandemic, political measures to contain it
have been adopted in the canton of Zurich (Switzerland) (period
March 2020-current), which have a great influence on the living
situation, the living environment and the coping with life of sex
workers (e.g. occupational ban). Sex workers are socially and
politically identified as a special risk group. In addition to the
health risks, the pandemic leads to financial problems. If income
is lost, no assets are available and access to state income
replacement claims (social welfare or claims from various social
insurances) is restricted or impossible, e.g. due to residence
status, there is a quick threat of destitution and loss of housing.
Media and political stigmatisation as well as social isolation
further increase the burden.
The research project "Sex Work and Corona" examines the effects of political measures to contain the Corona virus on the living situation of sex workers in the city of Zurich, the coping strategies they have developed during the pandemic, and what this means for the effectiveness of the measures to combat the pandemic.
Qualitative interviews with professionals and sex workers will create a database from which a "vulnerability model" for sex workers will be developed.
ZHAW Zürcher Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften.
Available from: https://doi.org/10.21256/zhaw-3129