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Last week, in the Parisian neighbourhood of Belleville, 40 migrant Chinese sex workers participated in a rally organised by STRASS and Steel Roses denouncing the increase in police harassment.

Posted 3 July 2015 by NSWP

In the aftermath of Canada’s new “end demand” style policy on sex work, migrant sex workers (including those with legal status) are being swept up in crackdowns and police sweeps, which they say are endangering them.

Posted 3 July 2015 by NSWP

On Tuesday the 30th of June, MasterCard announced that its credit cards can no longer be used to pay for ads on the Backpage.com website, following a request from Chicago’s Cook County Sheriff Thomas Dart, who claimed the site is used by sex traffickers. The following day Visa announced that it, too, would no longer allow its credit cards to be used to make transactions through the website.

Posted 3 July 2015 by NSWP

Thirty-five mayors from across the United States, including Bill de Blasio in New York City, Rahm Emanuel in Chicago and Eric Garcetti in Los Angeles, have lent their support to a growing campaign for an “end demand” style of law enforcement to be used against the clients of sex workers.

Posted 3 July 2015 by NSWP

Across the Central and Eastern European region, several workshops have been held within the last month, focusing on STI prevention, human rights and sex worker activism, and highlighting the need for sex worker involvement in programmes and projects established on their behalf.

Posted 3 July 2015 by NSWP

Sex workers in Canada held a national day of action across the country on Saturday, the 13th of June. The third annual Red Umbrella March was especially significant this year, following the introduction of new sex work legislation late last year.

Posted 3 July 2015 by NSWP

At the end of last month, SWOP Houston formed, describing themselves as “a non-profit resource for community-building, organizing, and sharing support … run by and for sex workers”. To celebrate their launch, SWOP Houston held a kick-off brunch on the 2nd of June, which all current and former sex workers in the area were invited to attend.

Posted 3 July 2015 by NSWP

This is the 12th issue of NSWP's quarterly newsletter ‘Sex Work Digest’, covering the period April - June 2015. 

This resource is in English.  You can download this 10 page PDF below.

Posted 30 June 2015 by NSWP

International Sex Workers’ Day was celebrated by organisations around Brazil. In Rio, Belo Horizonte and Campinas (Southeast), Porto Alegre (South), Belém (North), Teresina and Campina Grande (Northeast), sex workers and activists promoted cultural and political activities, such as workshops, media interviews, parades, a catwalk and a public audience, as well as distribution of leaflets, papers, flowers and chocolate candies to sex workers. Read some of these stories, right here.

Posted 16 June 2015 by NSWP

On 21-23 April, 2015, Nepalese sex workers, drug users and Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Trans*,Intersex and Queer (GLBTIQ) people engaged in a 3 day Treatment Literacy Training program, undertaken as part of an International Treatment Preparedness Coalition (ITPC) initiative. Thirty peer representatives from Nepal’s national peer networks, Jagriti Mahila Maha Sangh (JMMS), the Federation of Female Sex Workers in Nepal, the Blue Diamond Society, and the National Users Network of Nepal (NUNN), participated in the training. This is was the second ITPC training program held in the Nepali capital of Kathmandu in 2015. The first program was held 26 - 28 January, 2015. Both training programs have been facilitated by NUNN.

Posted 15 June 2015 by NSWP

The Swiss government has said that it is opposed to any new measures that would criminalise prostitution or the purchase of commercial services.

Posted 15 June 2015 by NSWP

Despite the recent failure of a previous attempt, a new campaign has launched in Scotland that hopes to criminalise the purchase of commercial sexual services. The “End Prostitution Now” campaign wants to put pressure on the Scottish Government to end demand, which they describe as the "root cause" of the country's "commercial sexual exploitation". They plan to utilise social media campaigns and to urge people to write to their representatives to ask them to support the proposal.

Posted 15 June 2015 by NSWP

Sex workers have been assembling in several manifestations in Paris and across France to protest the proposed criminalisation of their clients.

Posted 15 June 2015 by NSWP

Global Consultant : HIV and STI testing and treatment policies

NSWP is seeking to recruit a global consultant to coordinate the regional consultants and draft an advocacy tool critiquing current global guidelines and documenting good and bad practices around HIV and STI testing and treatment policies and practices, including the use of coercive and mandatory testing among sex workers, and the use of periodic presumptive treatment and syndromic treatment of STIs.  

Posted 15 June 2015 by NSWP

En  México, en el estado de Tamaulipas, se presentó el desabasto de medicamentos antirretrovirales afectando la salud de las personas que viven con VIH, así como a personas que ejercen el trabajo sexual y que viven con este diagnóstico.

Posted 5 June 2015 by NSWP

Por séptimo año consecutivo en el Perú, este 2 de Junio se conmemorará el Día Internacional de la Trabajadora Sexual. Este año las organizaciones que integran la Plataforma de Personas que Ejercen el trabajo sexual PLAPERTS, ha organizado distintas actividades, siendo una de las más resaltantes la entrega al Congreso de la República, de la propuesta del Proyecto de Ley de reconocimiento al Trabajo Sexual, una ley que busca un lineamiento de igualdad de Derechos laborales y la no discriminación de las personas que ejercen el trabajo sexual, salud y Seguridad en el Trabajo, reducir las violaciones de los Derechos Humanos y la regulación y ordenamiento en el marco de las leyes laborales del país.

Posted 5 June 2015 by NSWP

In the UK, a new programme has begun offering sex workers retraining for different forms of employment. Run by the HIV and sexual health charity, Terrence Higgins Trust, the Sex Workers and New Ambitions Project (SNAP) offers “support and training to achieve your employment goals alongside or outside of sex working”. Participants receive one-to-one mentoring, professional skills coaching, CV and job search advice and, if they want, support into volunteering and work experience.

Posted 4 June 2015 by NSWP

On 28 May, 2015, the Nepalese Army imposed a strict 8pm curfew on entering and exiting the central Kathmandu, Tundikhel field where over a 1000 people are currently residing in tents following the 25 April 8.1 magnitude earthquake, which killed over 8000 people and left hundreds of thousands of people displaced.

Posted 4 June 2015 by NSWP

On 28 May, 2015, the Nepalese Army imposed a strict 8pm curfew on entering and exiting the central Kathmandu, Tundikhel field where over a 1000 people are currently residing in tents following the 25 April 8.1 magnitude earthquake, which killed over 8000 people and left hundreds of thousands of people displaced.

Posted 4 June 2015 by NSWP

When Canada’s Justice Minister Peter MacKay presented the Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act (the Conservative Government’s new plan for legislating on sex work, implemented late last year), he presented, as a major selling point, the promise of providing funds to people in the sex trades who wish to exit the industry.

Posted 28 May 2015 by NSWP

Last year, on 25th June, the San Francisco-based advertising/community website MyRedbook, which featured free listings and discussions forums for sex workers; a review section, and a bad date list, was shut down and seized by the Federal Bureau of Investigations. Two employees were arrested and last week one was sentenced to 13 months in jail. Eric Omuro had entered a guilty plea, admitting that from 2010 to 2014 he owned and ran MyRedbook.com with the intent to facilitate prostitution.

Posted 28 May 2015 by NSWP

Tom Meagher, the husband of raped and murdered Australian-based Irish national, Jill Meagher, has been criticised by Melbourne street-based sex workers for his involvement in the recently launched 'Prostitution- We Don’t Buy It' campaign.

Posted 27 May 2015 by NSWP

In April 2015, a Sydney based sex worker identifying as Tilly Lawless, instigated an online campaign to counter the myths surrounding sex work.

Posted 27 May 2015 by NSWP

On 25 April, 2015, Nepal was subject to an earthquake reported to be 8.1 magnitude.

Posted 27 May 2015 by NSWP

Debby Doesn’t Do it For Free, an Australian- based sex worker art collective which over its 13 year existence has involved over 40 peer participants is due to launch a national exhibition of sex worker created art pieces and performances at Tap Gallery in the inner-city Sydney suburb of Darlinghurst , which is recognised as a historical sex working area.
Posted 26 May 2015 by NSWP