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This trailer offers an introduction to a longer work, an historical review of a 19th century anti-trafficking campaigns, demonstrating the way the historic "White Slavery" moral panic and current anti-trafficking campaigns have been largely responsible for prostitution prohibitionism, racial discrimination, and xenophobic immigration legislation. 

For the longer segments (as the documentary is a work-in-progress) and further information go here

Posted 17 June 2014 by NSWP

The Brazilian parliament is currently analysing a new law proposal that is intended to punish private commercial establishments associated with prostitution or trafficking in persons. The Law proposal 5742/13, by the deputy Guilherme Mussi, is considered another barrier in the affirmation of sex workers’ rights in Brazil.

Posted 17 June 2014 by NSWP

From NSWP member, Triple X reporting on the Red Umbrella March held in Vancouver on the 14th of June in protest of the new regressive Canadian legislation on sex work being proposed. Triple X also developed a leaflet for the march entitled: 'Why Sex Work Should Not Be A Crime' which you can download here.

Posted 17 June 2014 by NSWP

Being a sex worker in Africa is becoming even more difficult with restrictive laws being passed in a number of countries. Various countries have started to take deliberate actions to restrict the human rights of sex workers by imposing legislation or by-laws that ban sex workers  from working.  In several countries, including the DRC, Cameroon, and Kenya sex work is not illegal but most activities surrounding sex work such as managing a brothel or soliciting are.

Posted 17 June 2014 by NSWP

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From our regional correspondent based in Bangkok, Thailand.

Posted 16 June 2014 by NSWP

Amnesty International has called on Tajikistan to immediately cease a campaign of harassment and violence against people accused of “moral crimes”.

Posted 16 June 2014 by NSWP

The Global Fund is rolling out a new approach to funding programs. The goal is to ensure efforts to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria have the greatest possible impact. This updated approach is known as the “new funding model” (NFM). You can get more background information about the NFM here.

Posted 13 June 2014 by NSWP

The NSWP has published two new global briefing papers looking at the impact of non-rights based HIV programming and sex workers’ access to HIV treatment around the world.

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Posted 13 June 2014 by NSWP

International Sex Workers’ Day (International Whore's Day), 2 June, is a day which many sex worker activists celebrate, respect, honour and commemorate as the first internationally recognised sex worker instigated and organized direct action and civil rights action. On June 2, 1975, over 100 sex workers in Lyon, France, engaged in a civil disobedience action that involved a week-long occupation of St. Nizer Church.

Posted 11 June 2014 by NSWP

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The following article is a press release from NSWP member, Triple X

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Posted 11 June 2014 by NSWP

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Sex workers are prepared for the World Cup in Brazil and for increasing 30% of their earnings during the event, according to the sex worker-led association APROSMIG. The games take place in several big cities of the country, including Belo Horizonte in the State of Minas Gerais, where APROSMIG operates its community-led services.

Posted 10 June 2014 by NSWP

After months of speculation, the Canadian government yesterday announced its plans for new legislation around sex work.

Posted 5 June 2014 by NSWP

As the World Cup 2014 in Brazil gets closer, several human rights violations against sex workers can be observed across the country. Current public policies related to sex work is being framed under anti-trafficking efforts and combatting sexual exploitation of children and adolescents, as part of the agreement between the Brazilian government and FIFA.

Posted 5 June 2014 by NSWP

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Since December 20, 2013 when the Supreme Court of Canada struck down three of the country’s most harmful prostitution laws (the communication, bawdy house, and living on the avails laws) in what was known as the Canada v. Bedford Case, there has been intense speculation over what new legislation, when it is enacted, will look like.

Posted 5 June 2014 by NSWP

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Posted 4 June 2014 by NSWP

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After several street protests against police illegal actions against sex workers in the city of Niteroi, state of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on 31 May 2014 the sex worker-led NGO Davida, member of NSWP, organised a Daspu catwalk protest in front of the building where sex workers were arrested on 23 May 2014.

Posted 4 June 2014 by NSWP

Earlier this month, when the New York Police Department announced that they would end its practice of treating condoms as 'evidence of prostitution' in some, but not all, cases, the Access to Condoms Coalition-- whose executive committee includes NSWP members Red Umbrella Project and Sex Workers Outreach Project – NYC

Posted 4 June 2014 by NSWP

The following is press release from NSWP member, Maggie's Toronto Sex Workers Action Project

Monday, June 2, 2014 — Maggie’s – Toronto Sex Workers’ Action Project, along with sex workers and other experts, question the legitimacy of the federal government online consultation around prostitution in Canada.

Posted 3 June 2014 by NSWP