VAMP Plus

Location

Sangli
India
Contact email: 
kirandeshmukh233@gmail.com
Who do you work with?: 
Our main focus is to work with sex workers living with HIV. We also do outreach to other people in sex work, clients, lovers, children of sex workers, transport and migrant workers.
How are sex workers involved in your organisation?: 
VAMP Plus is a collective of HIV positive sex workers. They engage in advocacy with health officials and government officials to access health and welfare schemes.
Which of NSWP priority areas does your organisation work on?: 
Oppose the criminalisation and other legal oppression of sex work and support its recognition as work
Critique the trafficking paradigm that conflates representations of sex work, migration, and mobility
Advocate for universal access to health services, including primary health care, HIV and sexual and reproductive health services
Speak out about violence against sex workers, including violence from police, institutions, clients, and intimate partners, while challenging the myth that sex work is inherently gender-based violence
Oppose human rights abuses, including coercive programming, mandatory testing, raids and forced rehabilitation
Challenge stigma and discrimination against sex workers, their families and partners, and others involved in sex work
Advocate for the economic empowerment and social inclusion of sex workers as sex workers
What are the two main challenges that the sex workers you work with face: 
Stigma and discrimination in access to treatment and violence against sex workers are major challenges that all the sex workers are currently facing in the region.
Describe other areas of your work: 
Building collective of HIV positive sex workers, participating in workshops, training, meetings and advocacy sessions at local, national and international level.