Таис Плюс / Tais Plus

Location

Kyrgyz Republic
Kyrgyzstan
Contact email: 
taisplus@gmail.com
Who do you work with?: 
We work with sex workers - men, women and transgender people and their families and children.
How are sex workers involved in your organisation?: 
Sex workers are taking part in all the affairs of our organisation: strategic decision-making and on a daily basis, working as paid employees, engaging in broad measures implemented by our organisation.
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
What are the two main challenges that the sex workers you work with face: 
Under current law, sex work is neither a crime nor an administrative offense but despite this, every day police conduct raids in violation of the rights of women who sell sex, they do not receive adequate protection of the law. The lack of protection by the State creates conditions for the illegal actions of the police - extortion, blackmail and violence.
Describe other areas of your work: 
Prevention programs, drop-in center for sex workers, documenting violations of the rights of sex workers