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

Posted 16 July 2014 by NSWP

NSWP has published a new briefing paper titled ‘Sex Work and the Law: Understanding Legal Frameworks and the Struggle for Sex Work Law Reforms’

Posted 15 July 2014 by NSWP

For the past three years sex workers in France and their union, STRASS, have been fighting against the attempt to introduce laws criminalising their clients.  The issue was first discussed by the French National Assembly in December 2011 when a non-binding resolution was adopted by the Assembly supporting the introduction of the ‘Swedish model’ in France.  This was later followed by the introduction of a formal Bill by the ruling French Socialist Party.  The campaign to pass the Bill was led by the Minister for Wom

Posted 11 July 2014 by NSWP

This conference takes as its starting point the need to explore how sex which involves forms of commercial exchange can be understood within broader cultural and social contexts. More specifically, it invites an examination of prostitution, its shifting meanings and governance, by focussing on the contested intersection of activities designated sex, the intimate sphere, and activities designated labour.

Posted 10 July 2014 by NSWP

As the December deadline to create a new prostitution law in Canada approaches, parliament is reconvening during its summer recess for a packed schedule of hearings by the House of Commons justice committee.

Posted 8 July 2014 by NSWP

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Posted 4 July 2014 by NSWP

Alors que le Comité de la justice de la Chambre des communes se prépare à tenir des audiences sur le Projet de loi C-36 — la soi-disant Loi sur la protection des collectivités et des personnes exploitées — les travailleuse(-eur)s du sexe et leurs alliés lancent une ressource importante au sujet de cette loi mal conçue.

Posted 2 July 2014 by NSWP

As the Justice Committee of the House of Commons prepares to hold hearings on Bill C-36, the so-called Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act, sex workers and their allies are releasing an important resource about this ill-considered legislation.

Posted 2 July 2014 by NSWP

The sex worker rights movement in Africa has been advocating for sex work to be recognised as work for nearly twenty years now. With regard to sex work, African countries fall in three broadly distinct groups. First, those countries that criminalise the sex worker; second, those countries that do not criminalise sex work but do not recognise it as work (e.g. DRC, Burundi, Cameroun, Mali, Algeria); the third group recognises sex work as work even though it is still considered to be an illegal activity (e.g. South Africa, Kenya).  

Posted 1 July 2014 by NSWP

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.

Posted 30 June 2014 by NSWP

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.

Posted 30 June 2014 by NSWP

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

Posted 30 June 2014 by NSWP

How many times have we been told that there is going to be an increase in the number of sex workers operating (and a related increase in human trafficking) whenever a major sporting event is organised?  Panic over an increase in sex work and trafficking surrounded all three of the recent World Cups in Germany, South Africa and now Brazil as well as the London 2012 Olympics.  Next month Glasgow, Scotland plays host to the 20th Commonwealth Games and the same stories are surfacing as can be seen from this recent

Posted 30 June 2014 by NSWP

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.”

Posted 27 June 2014 by NSWP

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Posted 27 June 2014 by NSWP

The Global Network of Sex Work Projects (NSWP) received funding from the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs to support the development of advocacy tools around rights-based economic empowerment for sex workers. The first year of this three-year project was coordinated by the Asia Pacific Network of Sex Workers (APNSW), whose office is in Bangkok, Thailand.

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Posted 27 June 2014 by NSWP

Research for Sex Work is seeking contributions for its 14th edition, themed ‘Sex work is work’. This theme reflects one of NSWP's core values: the acceptance of sex work as legitimate work. This value reflects the importance of labour rights as an important step in upholding the human rights of sex workers as individuals and as members of the workforce.

Posted 26 June 2014 by anelda grove

Due to new municipal ordinance, sex workers from Encarnación, Paraguay are prohibited to work in the streets of the city. According to the national sex worker-led organisation UNES – Organización de Mujeres Trabajadoras Sexuales del Paraguay – this prohibition regulates work and activities in public areas of the city, criminalises people who autonomously engage in sex work, and increases police repression and state violence against sex workers.

Posted 26 June 2014 by NSWP