SPACE is an international organisation, formed to give voice to women who have survived the abusive reality of prostitution. SPACE includes members from France, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Canada, Australia, South Africa, the US and the UK. SPACE stands for ‘Survivors of Prostitution Abuse Calling for Enlightenment’. Members call for enlightenment because before we can expect social change, prostitution must be recognised for the abuse that it is.
SPACE was first formed in Ireland, in 2012, for the purpose of changing social attitudes towards prostitution and pressing for its recognition as a sexually exploitative human rights violation. In 2013 SPACE expanded internationally, taking on representatives from all corners of the globe. All representatives have lived experiences of the sex trade, and many of them have extensive experience of frontline work in combating prostitution and offering exit services to prostituted women and girls. All of its members are outspoken public abolitionist activists, pressing for the Abolitionist (Nordic or Equality) Model of prostitution legislation in their own regions of the world. Ruhama is proud to support and work with SPACE International in elevating the voices of survivors to achieve their abolitionist goals.
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