Regional updates: Latin America

Representatives from the Best Policy Practices Project (BPPP) presented a briefing drafted by NSWP to staff from the office of the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of Human Rights Defenders in Geneva this morning.

14th March 2014 by NSWP

NSWP has released a statement in relation to the arrest of Alejandra Gil. From our understanding of the situation, the charges in question emanate from new legislation, which in our view conflates sex work with human trafficking. 

3rd March 2014 by NSWP

Gabriela Leite, a (former) sex worker, and tireless campaigner for sex workers' rights, passed away last night at the age of 62. She will be deeply mourned by sex workers and sex worker rights activists around the world, and particularly in her native Brazil.

11th October 2013 by NSWP

A sex worker living with HIV in Bolivia has been sentenced to house arrest, due to her job and sero-status. A spokeswoman from a local sex worker-led organisation, said, "Confidentiality was violated and this is a case of discrimination. Moreover ...  we get no help at all, not even counselling”, noting  "[the woman in the case] didn’t know anything about HIV. She agreed to have a rapid test but was surprised by the result."

7th October 2013 by NSWP

The Brazilian Network of Prostitutes released a statement on June 7, 2013, in response to the government's recent censorship of a rights based HIV prevention campaign developed by sex workers in partnership with the STD/AIDS Department/Ministry of Health earlier this year. The campaign was launched for International Prostitutes Day (June 2nd), and, just two days later, ordered to be taken offline by the Minister of Health. A sanitised and adulterated campaign was relaunched several days later. Sex worker NGOs quickly mobilised and released statements criticising the government's actions. As the Brazilian Network of Prostitutes noted, "With the government’s decision to first veto and then drastically alter the AIDS campaign supposedly constructed in partnership with prostitutes, we see that they are using this social group to affirm what they desire, thereby ignoring the achievements of the social movement and violating diverse democratic principles".

The full statement from the Brazilian Network of Prostitutes is available here. The following blog post from Laura Murray, sex worker rights advocate, filmmaker, and student based in Brazil, provides more background information about the events that have unfolded in the country over the past week and a link to the entire censored campaign.

11th June 2013 by NSWP

NSWP has received short term funding from the Robert Carr Civil Society Network Fund (RCNF) to support our regional networks in identifying and documenting good practice in sex worker led HIV programming; sex workers access to treatment and the impact of free trade agreements; and the impact of HIV programming for sex workers that fails to reflect a rights based approach.

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS:  Friday, 12 April 2013 @ 24.00.

26th March 2013 by NSWP

NSWP Board Member, Angela Villon, features in this video talking about fighting for sex workers' rights in Peru.

29th February 2012 by NSWP

Story in English & Spanish

Movimiento de trabajadoras sexuales del Perú are organising a march to protest against the 'Zona Rosa' in Lima, on Thursday 1st March - details below.

29th February 2012 by NSWP



El Movimiento de Trabajadoras Sexuales del Perú, eleva su voz y hace publica su denuncia sobre acciones de violencia sistemática, delictuosa y cavernaria practicada por las llamadas Rondas campesinas, con la indiferente complicidad de las autoridades en la ciudad de Cajamarca.

El día  11  del presente se han permitido que estas Rondas  cavernarias atenten una vez más contra los Derechos Humanos de las Trabajadoras Sexuales de Cajamarca,  atacándolas y obligándolas a exhibirse desnudas por la

6th June 2011 by NSWP