Trinidad and Tobago
Who do you work with?:
Male and female sex workers, escorts, call girls, masseuse, in - house, brothels, MSM (men who have sex with men who engage in commercial and transactional sex, WSW (women who have sex with women who engage in transactional and commercial sex) and youth who engage in transactional sex. We are open to anyone who works within the sex industry and provide safe sex education condoms, referral to STI screening and other social support services.
How are sex workers involved in your organisation?:
We encourage peer support, advocacy and allow training in the various areas of our NGO work.
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
What are the two main challenges that the sex workers you work with face:
Cultural and Institutional discrimination which leads to exploitation and violence due to the stigma of a criminalized professional.
Describe other areas of your work:
We provide access to HIV and SRH services, HIV and STI prevention methods (workshops, counselling, outreach) We advocate towards legislative and policy reform using Human Rights to fight stigma and discrimination and promote access to healthcare and social services. We perform qualitative research and data collection and community campaigns. Our organization focuses on MARP-Most at Risk populations –Sex workers, MSM., Migrants, Homeless, Most at Risk youth and also rural and urban communities