Asia and the Pacific

The Closing of Sex Worker Detention Centres in Vietnam

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A big step for the health and well-being of all Vietnamese women, men & children

New Zealand Court Rules in Favour of Sex Worker in Work Place Harassment Case

The New Zealand Human Rights Review Tribunal made a landmark ruling in January 2014 on the violation of a woman’s human rights in a Wellington brothel known as The Kensington Inn. The woman filed a complaint against both the manager of the brothel and the brothel’s owner, M &T Enterprises, after the manager allegedly harassed her.

Right to Information (RTI) Centre setup in Kolkata marking International Sex Workers Day

The Durbar Mahila Samanway Committee (DMSC), a sex workers' collective has set up a Right to Information (RTI) centre on Monday at a red-light area in Kolkata marking International Sex Workers Day. The RTI centre will be providing information to sex workers. The sex workers' collective also held a rally in the city. More than 1,500 sex workers participated in the rally seeking recognition by the government and demanding they be brought under a government pension scheme.

Migrant sex workers and trafficking - insider research for and by migrant sex workers

Year: 
2013

This paper uses an example from Scarlet Alliance, Australian Sex Workers' Association and argues for more insider research on migrant sex work and trafficking. The paper is detailed and takes the reader through all the ethical considerations, processes and outcomes of a large scale multilingual migrant sex worker research project

Multipurpose National Development Program (MNDP)

Location

Naogaon
Bangladesh
Contact email: 
mustafiz@mndpbd.org
How are sex workers involved in your organisation?: 
Our staff do outreach work with sex workers and tell them about the support program that we run. We arrange monthly meetings with sex workers and we try and involve sex workers in the meeting. We would like to include sex workers in the development program to make them economically self sufficient.

"Custody and Education": Arbitrary Detention for Female Sex Workers in China

Year: 
2013

The Chinese government is arbitrarily detaining sex workers through a flawed government policy purportedly aimed at education and rehabilitation, Asia Catalyst said in a new report released in December 2013.

The report documents excessive use of force by police in the detention of female sex workers, as well as the women's subsequent incarceration in the little-known "Custody and Education (C&E)" system.

"Custody and Education": Arbitrary Detention for Female Sex Workers in China

Year: 
2013

The Chinese government is arbitrarily detaining sex workers through a flawed government policy purportedly aimed at education and rehabilitation, Asia Catalyst said in a new report released in December 2013.

The report documents excessive use of force by police in the detention of female sex workers, as well as the women's subsequent incarceration in the little-known "Custody and Education (C&E)" system.

Amitiel Welfare Society

Location

Bahawalpur
Pakistan
Contact email: 
amitielwelfare@gmail.com
How are sex workers involved in your organisation?: 
Sex workers visits us and share with us their problem, they are wanting to come in front of the world openly, due to unfriendly atmosphere for them in Pakistan they are living in behind bars. FSWs comes with new art artists to train them about HIV/AIDS, safe sex and substance harms.

SWING (Service Workers in Group)

Location

Bangkok
Thailand
Contact email: 
tee_swing@yahoo.com
How are sex workers involved in your organisation?: 
Over 80% of SWING' staff self identify as current or former sex workers. Membership to SWING (which is currently made up of many thousands of sex workers across SWING's 3 centers) is only available to former or current sex workers.

Midnight Blue

Location

Hong Kong
China
Contact email: 
info@mnbhk.org
How are sex workers involved in your organisation?: 
Some of our colleagues are current or former sex workers. We also invite sex workers as spokespersons, such as attending conference and sharing their experience in school and university.