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SWAN (Sex Workers’ Rights Advocacy Network in Central and Eastern Europe) in an attempt to raise awareness of the terrible human rights abuses faced by sex workers in Tajikistan, organised a photo flash mob at the AIDS 2014 conference in Melbourne, Australia.  The conference learned of the situation in Tajikistan and participants were given details about the recent police crackdown and forced HIV testing of sex workers in the country.  To show their solidarity with se

Posted 13 August 2014 by NSWP

SZEXE is an organisation that works to protect the interests of sex workers in Hungary.  As well as offering direct services to sex workers SZEXE also conducts campaigning and advocacy work to advance sex worker rights.  On July 1st in Budapest the organisation hosted a conference called ‘Nothing about Us without Us!’.  This conference brought together many different people including journalists, politicians, civil society organisations and academics.  But most importantly this conference was about amplif

Posted 13 August 2014 by NSWP

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Monica Jones, who, in April, was found guilty of manifesting prostitution, asked the Arizona Supreme Court to overturn her conviction on Tuesday, August 5th.

Posted 13 August 2014 by NSWP

The Norwegian Ministry of Justice and Public Security has released a report following an evaluation of the ban of the purchase of sex which came into force in 2009 in Norway. The report claims that the ban on the purchase of sex has been successful in meeting its ‘objectives’.

Posted 13 August 2014 by NSWP

On July 27th, in Georgetown, Guyanese sex workers clashed with police as they gathered for a wake for two transgender sex workers who had been murdered the week before.

Posted 12 August 2014 by NSWP

On 22 July 2014, at the International AIDS Conference, the Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+), the International HIV/AIDS Alliance and STOP AIDS NOW! launched a new Community Guide, Driving the HIV response, developed in response to the World Health Organization (WHO) 2013 Guidelines on the use of antiretroviral (ARV) drugs for treating and preventing HIV.

Posted 24 July 2014 by NSWP

Guyana-based NSWP member organisation, SASOD (The Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination) was honoured with the 2014 Red Ribbon Award for Advocacy and Human Rights earlier this week, during a special session at the 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne.

Posted 24 July 2014 by NSWP

Across the globe, HIV rates are climbing among sex workers and people who use drugs. One of the main reasons is that they are criminalised. Too often sex workers and drug users are forced to choose between protecting their health and staying safe from police harassment or arrest.

Posted 23 July 2014 by NSWP

Medical journal, The Lancet has joined an ever growing number of international health and human rights organisations calling for the full decriminalisation of sex work in order to address the HIV epidemic more effectively in a new series of papers on sex workers and HIV. The men, women, and transgender people who sell sex the world over are subjected to repressive and discriminatory laws and practices which in turn fuel stigma, discrimination, and in a large number of instances violence being perpetrated against sex workers.

Posted 23 July 2014 by NSWP

In the lead up to the official opening of the 20th International AIDS Conference, currently being held in Melbourne, Australia, sex workers from 30 countries met on the 18th and 19th of July, 2014, to discuss issues of significance affecting our communities and to strategise the promotion and advocacy of these issues within various conference forums.

Posted 23 July 2014 by NSWP

New guidelines aimed at improving HIV programming for key populations were launched this weekend in Melbourne at the 20th International AIDS Conference.

Posted 22 July 2014 by NSWP

NSWP launched the Global Consultation on PrEP and Early Treatment as Prevention Strategies at the 20th International AIDS Conference currently underway in Melbourne, Australia.

HIV and AIDS have affected different population groups in different magnitudes since their emergence.  Sex workers, in particular female sex workers, have one of the highest HIV prevalence rates globally.

Posted 22 July 2014 by NSWP

Leader of the Russian Sex workers' Movement "Silver Rose" has been elected the Chair of the Coordinating Committee on HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control in Russian Federation

Posted 21 July 2014 by NSWP

NSWP member Desiree Alliance have boycotted the 2014 International AIDS Conference in Melbourne Australia. 

Posted 21 July 2014 by NSWP

It was with great sadness that we learnt of Malaysian Airlines flight 17 brought down en route to Kuala Lumpur from Amsterdam. The realisation that a number of our friends, colleagues, fellow HIV activists and advocates were on board has been a tremendous shock to all of us here at NSWP.

Posted 21 July 2014 by NSWP

NSWP stands in solidarity with sex workers the world over and mourn the deaths of 31 people in Baghdad, Iraq on 12 July 2014. Religious militia are suspected to behind the massacre in a brothel in the suburb of Zayouna which is known to be a red-light district in the capital city of Iraq. Among the dead, were 29 women and two men who were shot at close range in what can only be described as an execution of all those present in the brothel. The gunmen left a message on the front door warning people that ‘This is the fate of any prostitution’.

Posted 18 July 2014 by NSWP

By Monday 14 July,2014, almost 1000 Bangladeshi sex workers from the Tangail Kandapara brothel district were evicted from their homes and work spaces as the demolition of the brothel complex, which spanned over 3 acres of land, was undertaken at the behest of an “anti-social activities committee” who threatened to set the complex on fire.

Posted 16 July 2014 by NSWP

The inaugural RobertCarr Research Award has been given to a four-country research project that aims to increase security and safety for sex workers.

Posted 16 July 2014 by NSWP

This is a press release from NSWP member SCOT-PEP.

Posted 16 July 2014 by NSWP