sex work

German Congress challenges proposed mandatory registration of sex workers and other proposals

A coalition of sex workers from various German groups (including two NSWP member projects: Hydra e.V. and Bufas) organised a large and well-attended conference in Berlin last month.

Cambodian Government Bans Somaly Mam from Running Future Anti-Trafficking NGO

Somaly Mam, former executive director of the Somaly Mam Foundation (SMF), who was forced to resign from her position within the organisation in May 2014, due to allegations that she had deliberately fabricated key aspects of both her personal history, and those of the children being cared for by her organisation for explicit financial gain; has been officially banned by the Khmer Government from running another anti-trafficking NGO.

Gender, Violence and Health – Contexts of vulnerability, resiliencies and care among people in the sex industry

 A “working paper” prepared as background to Building on the Evidence: An International Symposium on the Sex Industry in Canada

 

This paper is a result of a research programme in Canada’s sex industry: workers and their intimate partners, managers and clients.

California Passes Non-Comprehensive Condoms as Evidence Bill

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.

China systemically deports North Korean migrant sex workers

North Korean women suspected of, and/or engaging in, sex work in Chinese towns along the North Korean border are being systemically deported to North Korea, according to a source in the Chinese province of Liaoning.

In a recent case, a group of six North Korean women who had special concession from the Chinese government to work legitimately in the Chinese border town, Donggang City, Liaoning Province, were deported after authorities became aware that the women were working as sex workers.

“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.

Integrated Biological Behavioural Surveillance Survey and Size Estimation of Sex Workers in Fiji: HIV Prevention Project

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2012

This research is the first large scale quantitative research on sex workers in Fiji. It has enabled an understanding of the nature and extent of sex work in Fiji, rates of HIV and STI infection among sex workers and their knowledge and behaviour around safer sex practices. This research will compliment valuable insights gained from previous qualitative research. The findings from this research will assist in the appropriate targeting and provision of education, resources and health care services to a group previously defined by UNAIDS as a most-at-risk population.

Sydney’s Festival of Dangerous Ideas slammed by activists for promoting anti-sex work themes

Sydney’s Festival of Dangerous Ideas slammed by activists for promoting anti-sex work themes and excluding a sex worker perspective

Sex Workers Left Out of Canadian Government’s C-36 Discussions

In the months since the Canadian government introduced its proposal for new legislation around sex work, Justice Minister Peter MacKay has been touring the country, holding closed-door meetings with what his department calls “criminal justice system stakeholders.” While the exact identity of those consulted remains unclear, one thing is likely: none of them were sex workers, the very people the government’s