Amnesty International votes in support of decriminalizing sex trade

Sex workers take part in a June demonstration in Paris.

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  • Amnesty International's move comes despite opposition from anti-trafficking groups, stars
  • The vote passes at the human rights organization's decision-making forum

(CNN)Amnesty International voted Tuesday in support of decriminalizing the sex trade.

The move comes despite strong opposition from anti-trafficking organizations and Hollywood stars.
    The human rights organization passed the measure at its decision-making forum, the International Council Meeting, in Dublin, Ireland, involving delegates from around the world.
    "Sex workers are one of the most marginalized groups in the world who in most instances face constant risk of discrimination, violence and abuse," Salil Shetty, Amnesty International's secretary-general, said in a statement.