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Launched in September 2013, New York’s Human Trafficking Courts (HTICs) are the first statewide human trafficking intervention within a justice system in the United States. The courts function as a “diversion” programme by connecting those arrested for prostitution to mandated social services rather than incarceration. Defendants who complete a mandated programme can have their case dismissed and sealed, provided that they are not rearrested within six months.

Posted 2 October 2014 by NSWP

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Photo: Kırmızı Şemsiye at May Day protest.

The Red Umbrella Sexual Health and Human Rights Association “Kırmızı Şemsiye” is a sex worker led organisation founded in April 2013 in Turkey and a member of the regional networks ICRSE, the International Commitee on the Rights of Sex Workers in Europe and SWAN, the Sex Worker’s Rights Advocacy Network in Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

Posted 1 October 2014 by NSWP

In Canada, Bill C-36, which has been roundly criticised by sex workers, looks likely to pass, in its original form.

Posted 29 September 2014 by NSWP

Last week, California’s Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Assembly Bill 336,legislation requiring district attorneys to get a court’s permission to use possession of more than one condom as potential evidence of prostitution. It will go into effect on January 1st, 2015.

Posted 25 September 2014 by NSWP

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Indian sex workers in Bangalore, Karnataka State, have challenged National Crime Records Bureau statistics which suggest that the city has the second highest number of trafficked people in the country. The Bureau based this assertion on the number of people charged under the Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act (ITPA), 1956; however, sex worker activists say that the data is flawed as it includes the arrest of sex workers, not just people engaged in trafficking activities.

Posted 22 September 2014 by NSWP