The Global Network of Sex Work Projects (NSWP) stands by Human Rights Defender Alejandra Gil and Amnesty International’s decision to adopt a policy to protect the human rights of sex workers, including the full decriminalisation of sex work.
Regional updates: Global
This is the 13th issue of NSWP's quarterly newsletter ‘Sex Work Digest’, covering the period July - September 2015.
Features in this issue include: Decriminalisation updates from Scotland, New South Wales & South Africa; the raid at Rentboy.com; Amnesty International’s resolution on sex work; and the WHO early release guideline on ART and PrEP.
Resources featured include: new NSWP Smart Guide’s on SWIT & the Global Fund; Research for Sex Work 14; and Economic Empowerment Programmes for Sex Workers in Africa.
This resource is in English. You can download this 9 page PDF below.
Approximately 42 sex workers from 14 African countries are set to engage with the Global Fund in two unique trainings. The Global Network of Sex Work Project (NSWP), in close collaboration with the African Sex Workers Alliance (ASWA), is organising a series of workshops to train sex workers in understanding The Global Fund and its processes for community engagement and accountability.
Sex workers from Africa have welcomed the vote to adopt a decriminalisation policy by Amnesty International. The African Sex Workers Alliance states: “60% of global criminalisation of sex workers is in Africa. Sex workers face a myriad of challenges in accessing health services, legal redress and sexual and reproductive justice as well as social acceptance.
Sex workers and sex worker rights activists across the world have been campaigning tirelessly these past few weeks to highlight the importance of a call for the full decriminalisation of sex work. Many sex worker groups and allies across the world wrote to Amnesty International’s Secretary General in support of the proposed policy on sex work. One such letter, from Empower Foundation in Thailand - which has been advocating for the rights of Thai sex workers for over 30 years - wrote:
“Criminalization has not led to increased human rights or reduced abuses; it has only led to more stigma and more real crimes.’
Amnesty International joins other major international agencies such as UNAIDS, WHO, Human Rights Watch, the Lancet, GAATW in the call for the full decriminalisation of sex work. Sex workers and our allies’ campaign for the full decriminalisation of sex work to: Promote safe working conditions and labour rights for sex workers; Increase access to health services and reduce sex workers’ risk of HIV and STIs; Increase sex workers’ access to justice; Reduce police abuse and violence; Help to tackle exploitation and coercion when it does occur.
NSWP membership comprises 237 sex worker-led organisations in 71 countries across the globe, including local organisations as well as national and regional networks. Our regional networks in the Global South and Global North represent many thousands of sex workers who actively oppose the criminalisation and other legal oppression of sex work.
En Coatzacoalcos Veracruz se violaron los derechos de un trabajador sexual, esta violación fue debido a por vivir con VIH se le despido de su empleo que era un bar.