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VICE News Films Documentary on Jamaica’s Gully Queens

Recently, VICE News posted a short documentary called “Young and Gay: Jamaica’s Gully Queens.” The film introduces viewers to the lives of LGBT youth who, having been forced from their homes or rejected by their families, live in an underground Kingston Town storm shelter, known locally as a “gully.”

Swedish Appeals Court Approves Discrimination Against ‘Asian-Looking Women’ on the Grounds of ‘Preventing Prostitution’

A pub called Harry’s Bar in Vaxjo in south central Sweden had a policy where they refused entry to “Asian-looking women”.  This policy was put in place on the grounds that the pub were trying to prevent prostitution from taking place on their premises as the pub owner had been informed by the police that prostitution was taking place in the area and that Asian women were involved.

Russian Sex Workers Continue the Fight to Register their Organisation

Serebryanaya Roza (Silver Rose) has been fighting for the rights of sex workers in Russia since 2006.  Today, the group has a presence in 10 regions across Russia, representing the interests of a large part of the estimated 3 million sex workers in the country.  They operate a hotline for sex workers and provide legal aid to sex workers in cases of violence and harassment.

Sex Workers Targeted in Tajikistan

Amnesty International has drawn attention to violent police harassment of sex workers in Tajikistan.  In a press release issued on 13th June 2014 Amnesty describes the arrest, abuse and harassment of sex workers in Tajikistan as part of the government’s “morality” campaign.  According to the press release 500 sex workers have been arrested in the count

Civil Society are concerned about the nature of sensationalist and offensive Daily Voice article in SA

Sex Workers Education and Advocacy taskforce (SWEAT), Sisonke Sex Workers Movement and TB/HIV Care Association are concerned by the tone and ramifications of the Daily Voice article published on 17 June 2014 titled: “Land of hookers and Aids – Blikkiesdorp’s prossies reveal shocking lives.

The article stated that “Blikkiesdorp, created by Western Cape Premier Helen Zille, is nothing more than a gang-infested slum of nearly 15000 people rife with crime and prostitution.”

UNDP Summary of E-Discussion: The Global Commision on HIV and the Law

Year: 
2014

The summary discussion looks at highlights and activities that have advanced The Commission’s recommendations. The report has been widely disseminated at the national level to key policy makers with a view to persuade decision makers to promote a favourable legal framework to respond to HIV. Concrete changes in legal framework changes (in relation to sex workers and other key populations) as recommended by The Commission are however, not reported.

Progress so far: The Global Commission on HIV and the Law

The Commision on HIV and the Law have released a summary of an E-Discussion held in June 2013 organised by UNDP’s HIV, Health and Development Group in collaboration with the Democratic Governance Group and the Gender Team.

NSWP Statement: Decision by FEMM to Support Criminalising the Clients of Sex Workers

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Year: 
2014

NSWP statement in response to the decision by The European Parliament Women's Rights and Gender Equality Committee's to support proposals to criminalise the clients of sex workers.

Human Rights Groups Call For an End to Botswana Anti-Sex Work Campaign

Following reports that the Botswana Government is planning to target, arrest and possibly deport sex workers in the country, several human rights organisations have come out to strongly condemn this move.

The AIDS and Rights Alliance for Southern Africa (ARASA) and the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, in a statement, strongly denounced this campaign and called for an end of the campaign.

Evicted sex workers in Dhaka refused healthcare

The late-August attack on the Madaripur red light district in Dhaka, Bangladesh, made up to five hundred sex workers homeless and destroyed their workplaces. It has now emerged that sex workers were refused vital hospital treatment in the aftermath of the attacks.