Practising social inclusion through regulation: occupational health and safety for commercial sex workers
Before outlining a range of health and safety issues that need to be recognised in respect of this group, and suggesting some reasons why their needs have been ignored, let us first consider why occupational health and safety is an issue which should be firmly on the social inclusion agenda. Social exclusion has been described as a denial of civil rights that citizens might reasonably expect (Room 1999), which arguably include adequate health and safety regimens in the workplace. Furthermore, typically policies and programmes to promote social inclusion do so by promoting social cohesion and/or by enhancing the resources of the poorest and most disenfranchised groups in a society, most commonly through employment and welfare programmes (Bhalla and Lapeyre 1997). Hence it is has been proposed that:
. . . to achieve social inclusion would require policies and programmes that
. . . provided pathways into employment for the unemployed and secured basic rights and conditions from the employers, including a minimum wage, trade union representation, to promote economic integration . . .