Law, Policy, & Human Rights

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.

Sex Work Digest - Issue 9

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Year: 
2014

This is the 9th issue of NSWP's quarterly newsletter ‘Sex Work Digest’. 

This special issue includes coverage of the International AIDS Conference 2014 in Melbourne.

This resource is in English.  You can download this 14 page PDF above.

Apologies that we ommitted to feature the recipients of the Robert Carr Research Award, presented at IAC 2014, in this issue.  A full article about the award recipients will appear in the next issue.  The research project Sex Work and Violence: Understanding Factors for Safety and Protection was selected as the first recipient of the award. The project is overseen by a regional steering committee that included the Centre for Advocacy on Stigma and Marginalisation , the Asia Pacific Network of Sex Workers, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), UN Population Fund (UNFPA), the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), and Partners for Prevention, which is a joint UN initiative working on gender-based violence.

The research report itself is due to be launched in December 2014.

The Swedish Law to Criminalise Clients: A failed experiment in social engineering

Year: 
2012

In 1999, the Swedish government embarked on an experiment in social engineering1 to end men’s practice of purchasing commercial sexual services. The government enacted a new law criminalizing the purchase (but not the sale) of sex (Swedish Penal Code). It hoped that the fear of arrest and increased public stigma would convince men to change their sexual behaviour. The government also hoped that the law would force the estimated 1,850 to 3,000 women who sold sex in Sweden at that time to find another line of work.

Managing the risk of human rights violations in Global Fund-supported programs. Meeting Report - Geneva, 22-23 May 2014

Year: 
2014

A workshop was recently held in Geneva that brought together leading experts in health and human rights, technical partners, representatives of networks of key populations and people living with HIV, donors, grant recipients, civil society organizations, scholars and Global Fund board members and staff.

Sex Work and Women’s Movements

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2011

This paper places the development of sex workers’ movements over the past two decades within the historical context of feminist discourses on violence against women. The paper discusses the importance of the discourse on violence against women in framing contemporary abolitionist campaigns that seek to criminalize sex work. It goes on to discuss the contemporary context, including the status of alliances and dialogue between women’s, LGBTQ, and sex workers’ movements, focusing on India.

The Needs and Rights of Trans Sex Workers: a summary

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2013

This summary of The Needs and Rights of Trans Sex Workers briefing paper focuses on the issues and needs identified by trans sex workers as disclosed in NSWP forums, including an online questionnaire and face-to-face focus groups.

Briefing Paper: The Needs and Rights of Trans Sex Workers

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2013

This briefing paper focuses on the issues and needs identified by trans sex workers (TSW) as disclosed in NSWP forums including an online questionnaire and face-to-face focus groups. Attention is first given to the issue of intersectionality, aiming to give context to the community of TSW before examining the needs and rights of this group. Legal situations are then discussed, noting how legislative systems can have an impact on the lives and work of TSW worldwide.

The Needs and Rights of Male Sex Workers: a summary

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2013

Male sex workers (MSW) constitute a large component of NSWP’s membership and this summary of The Needs and Rights of Male Sex Workers briefing paper aims to go some way in highlighting the needs and rights of this community.

Briefing Paper: The Needs and Rights of Male Sex Workers

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Year: 
2013

This briefing paper has been developed in line with the NSWP priority to focus on and highlight the needs and rights of male sex workers. This paper presents an overview of some of the main issues faced by male sex workers (MSW) globally and highlights some of the advocacy and activism efforts by male sex worker communities that have challenged these issues. This paper is intended for those who make policy, design and implement programmes, and work directly with MSW in the hope of increasing awareness and understanding of the multiple realities and needs of this community.

NSWP Statement in Response to Norwegian Evaluation of the Ban on the Purchase of Sex

Year: 
2014

NSWP statement strongly condemning the recent report released by the Norwegian Ministry of Justice and Public Security for failing to recognise the grave violations to Norwegian sex workers’ human rights that are taking place with state impunity under the current model that bans the purchase of sex. NSWP urges the Norwegian Government to listen to the experiences of sex workers and acknowledge that the criminalisation of the purchase of sex in Norway is resulting in health and human rights violations of sex workers.