Asia and the Pacific

PrEP Trials Underway In Australia, despite Concern from Sex Workers

Trials of the pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) HIV medication, Truvada, are currently underway in 3 Australian states, despite concerns from sex workers that PrEP may undermine the safer sex culture of the Australian sex industry. PrEP, is a combination of two antiretroviral drugs – those used to treat the HIV virus – which in theory prevents a non-HIV positive person from sero-converting to the virus should they come in contact with it.

Indian Sex Workers Fight for Decriminalisation in Supreme Court Panel Law Reform Investigation

The ongoing campaign being undertaken by Indian sex workers advocating for law reform, including the decriminalisation of sex work, recently received a boost in profile when a consortium of sex work law reform advocates, including Chief of the Indian National Commission for Women, L

International Day to End Violence against Sex Workers SWAN – ICRSE joint statement

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Today, 17th of December 2014, sex workers, their advocates, allies, friends and families, are gathering around the world to denounce all acts of violence against sex workers.

 

Zi Teng Statement on the 12th International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers

Today is the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers. Every year sex workers groups all over the world organises different activities to memorise the victimised sex workers, and to increase the public concern over sex workers.

Indian Judge Rules: It’s not acceptable to assault Sex Workers

Trigger warning: This article includes details pertaining to the sexual assault of sex workers.

A New Delhi court, headed by Judge Kaveri Baweja, has categorically stated that the sexual assault of sex workers is not acceptable and that in considering the sentencing of perpetrators, whether the victim is a sex worker or not, is irrelevant and should not be an issue which influences the punishment metered out to the convicted assailant.

Singapore introduces new Anti-Trafficking Act despite concerns that it focuses too heavily on law enforcement

Singaporean Member of Parliament, Christopher de Souza, late last month introduced a Private Member’s Bill designed to combat human trafficking. The bill, the Prevention of Human Trafficking Act, was debated for almost 3 hours before being passed as legislation on 3 November, 2014.

GAATW’s Annual Publication Explores the Ultimate Costs of the Anti-trafficking Industry

The Global Alliance Against Trafficking in Women (GAATW) recently released its annual peer reviewed publication, the Anti-Trafficking Review, at Bangkok, Thailand’s Foreign Correspondent’s Club. The theme of the 2014 Anti-Trafficking Review is “Following the Money: Spending on Anti-Trafficking”.

Human Rights Abuses Against Transgender People in Malaysia

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This 73-page report documents government abuses against transgender people in Malaysia. In research in four Malaysian states and the federal territory of Kuala Lumpur, Human Rights Watch found that state Religious Department officials and police regularly arrest transgender women and subject them to various abuses, including assault, extortion, and violations of their privacy rights. Religious Department officials have physically and sexually assaulted transgender women during arrest or in custody, and humiliated them by parading them before the media.

Cambodian Government Minister backtracks on Somaly Mam comments

Cambodia’s Council of Ministry Government spokesperson, Phay Siphan, stated on 20 October, 2014, that his comments that condemning internationally recognised anti-trafficker, Somaly Mam, should be reiterated.