News Archive: June 2011

Louisiana's era of forcing certain convicted sex workers to register as sex offenders appears to be over. Governor Jindell's office signed a bill into law that moves ‘prostitution’ back to a level of misdemeanour. 

Posted 29 June 2011 by Neil McCulloch

The African Sex Worker Alliance (ASWA), Bar Hostess, Sisonke and SWEAT in conjunction with the Ford Foundation, OXFAM NOVIB, UNDP and OXFAM GB have launched new research on human rights violations against sex workers .

Over the past year the African Sex Worker Alliance (ASWA) has conducted two major pieces of research: "'I expect to be abused and I have fear': Sex workers’ experiences of human rights violations and barriers to accessing healthcare in four African countries" and "An Exploratory Study of the Social Contexts, Practices and Risks of Men Who Sell Sex in Southern and Eastern Africa."

African Sex Worker Alliance (ASWA), Bar Hostess, Sisonke and SWEAT
Posted 28 June 2011 by NSWP

This story was originally featured in the Times of India on the 16 June 2011.

    PUNE: Sex workers want to be included in the planning and development of health programmes and initiatives that address their risks and vulnerabilities.

    Forty women from Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Goa and Maharashtra participated in the two-day western regional meet held in the city to discuss and plan the fourth phase of the National AIDS Control Programme (NACP IV). The meet concluded on Tuesday.

    "We no longer want to be seen as recipients, but as designers and managers of health programmes," Sunita from Gujarat said.

    Times of India
    Posted 27 June 2011 by NSWP

    This news story appeared in the San Francisco Bay Times on the 26 May 2011.

    “Love for $ale: a Sweet Talkin’, Street Walkin’ Burlesque Cabaret” featured San Francisco’s sluttiest in live performances at the intimate Little Roxie Cinema on May 20. It was the kickoff to the SF Sex Workers Film and Arts Festival Week and a benefit for St. James Infirmary. St. James Infirmary is the ONLY free health and social service clinic in the United States for current and former sex workers and their partners.

    Slatternly Sister Dana Van Iquity
    Posted 27 June 2011 by NSWP

    This story featured on the Freedom in Speech website on the 18 June 2011.

    The Kenya Sex Worker’s Alliance (KESWA) launched an elaborate report documenting human rights violations experienced by male and female sex workers and barriers they face in accessing health services in Kenya.

    Freedom in Speech
    Posted 27 June 2011 by NSWP

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    This story appeared on the Turn Off the Blue Light website on the 27 May 2011.

    Turn Off the Blue Light (TOBL) is a small sex worker led association campaigning for the health, safety, human, civil and labour rights of Irish sex workers.

    Unlike the main organisation in Ireland calling for further criminalisation of the sex industry, we don’t enjoy generous government funding that enables us to advertise widely, so we looked to Google AdWords as a form of advertising we could use.

    Our Google AdWords advert read ‘Turn Off The Blue Light, Sex workers in Ireland need human rights, not legal wrongs’ and linked to our website, turnoffthebluelight.ie. It ran for several weeks, but was abruptly stopped by Google on May 24th.

    Turn Off the Blue Light
    Posted 27 June 2011 by NSWP

    This is an edited version of a talk given by Elena Jeffreys, national president of Scarlet Alliance, at the Feminist Futures conference in Melbourne, Australia 28-29 May 2011 on the panel Why Feminism Matters.

    Posted 14 June 2011 by NSWP

    This news story by Jessica Smith appeared in the Metro Ottawa on June 13 2011 under the headline 'Group Defends Prostitutes' Call for Decriminalization'.

     

    A group that represents prostitutes in the capital region is bringing the views of those sex workers to the Ontario Court of Appeal this week. Today, the federal and provincial governments will begin their appeal of a judge’s ruling that struck down laws criminalizing operating or working in a brothel, communicating for the purpose of prostitution and living off the avails of prostitution.

    Last year Superior Court Judge Susan Himel ruled the criminal code provisions unconstitutional because they endanger sex workers.

    Jessica Smith
    Posted 14 June 2011 by NSWP

    Marchers in New York called on donors at the UN High Level Meeting on AIDS to keep their promises and finance the HIV response.

    "29-year-old John Mathenge, a Kenyan sex worker and country coordinator of the Kenyan Sex Workers Alliance, said he came to the UN so that the voice of the male, female, and transgender sex workers could be heard. As a sex worker, as with the many sex workers who are barred from entry into the US, he detailed the difficulties he had to obtain an entry visa into the US.

    Antoine Craigwell
    Posted 13 June 2011 by NSWP

    A new sex workers initiative in Botswana has included a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Questioning (LGBTIQ) component in their programme. Read more...

    Skipper Mogapi
    Posted 13 June 2011 by NSWP

    PRONUNCIAMIENTO

    A LA OPINION PÚBLICA  Y AUTORIDADES

    El Movimiento de Trabajadoras Sexuales del Perú, eleva su voz y hace publica su denuncia sobre acciones de violencia sistemática, delictuosa y cavernaria practicada por las llamadas Rondas campesinas, con la indiferente complicidad de las autoridades en la ciudad de Cajamarca.

    El día  11  del presente se han permitido que estas Rondas  cavernarias atenten una vez más contra los Derechos Humanos de las Trabajadoras Sexuales de Cajamarca,  atacándolas y obligándolas a exhibirse desnudas por la

    Posted 6 June 2011 by NSWP

    By Samantha Rina, Monday, June 06, 2011, Fiji Times online 

    CRIMINALISING sex work is a waste of time and money, says an advocate for sex workers rights. 

    Survival Advocacy Network project co-ordinator Rani Ravudi made the comment at a dialogue with stakeholders to mark International Sex Workers Day last Friday. She said sex work was the oldest profession globally and was not going to stop or disappear regardless of laws passed to make it illegal.

    "Therefore it is a waste of police and court time and money making it a crime. By making sex work illegal, the State is creating an environment where sex workers are beaten, verbally abused, and sexually abused with no support or help," she said. 

    Samantha Rina
    Posted 6 June 2011 by NSWP

    Wagadu, an open access online feminist journal, has released a special issue 'Demystifying sex work and sex workers.' With articles from activist scholars the special issue focuses on the everyday lives of sex workers.  Read more on the PLRI website.

    Posted 1 June 2011 by NSWP