Antigua and Barbuda
Who do you work with?:
GAP is a Spanish Sex Worker Group that mainly deals with Sex Workers from Dominica Republic; we also work with brothel owners. While we may be a group of mainly Spanish sex workers, once given the opportunity we also do peer education to English sex workers.
How are sex workers involved in your organisation?:
Sex workers are the backbone for GAP since they are the ones who conduct the peer education sessions, condom distribution and public appearances via the media. In general they determine what activities the group will be involved in and how it is executed.
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:
Since GAP is a Spanish sex workers group in an English speaking country, the number one challenge is language barrier and the second is stigma and discrimination. Once you are a Spanish woman in Antigua and Barbuda you are perceived to be a sex worker and hence, accessing a basic health service is a challenge as sex workers are stigmatised and discriminated against.
Describe other areas of your work:
GAP is also involved in not only peer education for other sex workers but sex education in the Spanish community that is within Antigua. We are also involved in the performing arts whereby we use drama to educate people about STI’s/HIV & AIDS and proper condom use.