Conflation of trafficking with sex work

“No more TIPs please” Empower reflections on TIP report 2014

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2014

This report summarises the analysis and reflections from the Empower Foundation in Thailand on the Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report, the diplomatic tool from the US government that gives every year a grade for each country according to how US policy is followed.

Sex Worker Protest Action Dominates Agenda at Sydney’s Festival of Dangerous Ideas

Sydney sex workers are extremely pleased at the reception they received from the wider community following their protest action at the Festival of Dangerous Ideas (FODI) over the weekend. The annual FODI was held at Sydney’s iconic Opera House over 30-31 August, and featured a number of speakers with firmly established abolitionist perspectives of sex work.

Academic Study on Sex Work and Large Sporting Events

How many times have we been told that there is going to be an increase in the number of sex workers operating (and a related increase in human trafficking) whenever a major sporting event is organised?  Panic over an increase in sex work and trafficking surrounded all three of the recent World Cups in Germany, South Africa and now Brazil as well as the London 2012 Olympics.  Next month Glasgow, Scotland plays host to the 20th Commonwealth Games and the same stories are surfacing as can be seen from this recent

Dangerous New Trafficking Bill Introduced in the U.S.

Dangerous new legislation that conflates trafficking with sex work, and has the potential to impact diplomatic relati

Same Old Story: Sex Workers Targeted through 'Hygienist Policies' Before the World Cup in Brazil

As the World Cup 2014 in Brazil gets closer, several human rights violations against sex workers can be observed across the country. Current public policies related to sex work is being framed under anti-trafficking efforts and combatting sexual exploitation of children and adolescents, as part of the agreement between the Brazilian government and FIFA.

Somaly Mam Steps Down as President of Somaly Mam Foundation

Somaly Mam, president of the Somaly Mam Foundation (SMF) has resigned amid intense scrutiny following a recent article in Newsweek magazine.

New Resource Critiquing Trafficking Narratives During the London Olympics 2012

The Central America Women's Network (CAWN) commisioned a report entited: "Exploitation and Trafficking of Women: Critiquing narratives during the London Olympics 2012" to inform its work around the role of civil society and the media in shaping public understanding of different forms of exploitation experienced by women, in particular migrant women, in the context of major sporting events.