Regional updates: Asia and the Pacific

Trials of the pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) HIV medication, Truvada, are currently underway in 3 Australian states, despite concerns from sex workers that PrEP may undermine the safer sex culture of the Australian sex industry. PrEP, is a combination of two antiretroviral drugs – those used to treat the HIV virus – which in theory prevents a non-HIV positive person from sero-converting to the virus should they come in contact with it.

18th December 2014 by NSWP

The ongoing campaign being undertaken by Indian sex workers advocating for law reform, including the decriminalisation of sex work, recently received a boost in profile when a consortium of sex work law reform advocates, including Chief of the Indian National Commission for Women, L

18th December 2014 by NSWP

File 2068

Today, 17th of December 2014, sex workers, their advocates, allies, friends and families, are gathering around the world to denounce all acts of violence against sex workers.

 

17th December 2014 by NSWP

Today is the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers. Every year sex workers groups all over the world organises different activities to memorise the victimised sex workers, and to increase the public concern over sex workers.

17th December 2014 by NSWP

Trigger warning: This article includes details pertaining to the sexual assault of sex workers.

A New Delhi court, headed by Judge Kaveri Baweja, has categorically stated that the sexual assault of sex workers is not acceptable and that in considering the sentencing of perpetrators, whether the victim is a sex worker or not, is irrelevant and should not be an issue which influences the punishment metered out to the convicted assailant.

16th December 2014 by NSWP

Kandapara, The Lost Brothel

 

16th December 2014 by NSWP

Singaporean Member of Parliament, Christopher de Souza, late last month introduced a Private Member’s Bill designed to combat human trafficking. The bill, the Prevention of Human Trafficking Act, was debated for almost 3 hours before being passed as legislation on 3 November, 2014.

16th December 2014 by NSWP

The Global Alliance Against Trafficking in Women (GAATW) recently released its annual peer reviewed publication, the Anti-Trafficking Review, at Bangkok, Thailand’s Foreign Correspondent’s Club. The theme of the 2014 Anti-Trafficking Review is “Following the Money: Spending on Anti-Trafficking”.

15th December 2014 by NSWP

Cambodia’s Council of Ministry Government spokesperson, Phay Siphan, stated on 20 October, 2014, that his comments that condemning internationally recognised anti-trafficker, Somaly Mam, should be reiterated.

27th October 2014 by NSWP

Somaly Mam, former executive director of the Somaly Mam Foundation (SMF), who was forced to resign from her position within the organisation in May 2014, due to allegations that she had deliberately fabricated key aspects of both her personal history, and those of the children being cared for by her organisation for explicit financial gain; has been officially banned by the Khmer Government from running another anti-trafficking NGO.

21st October 2014 by NSWP