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In the United States, the practice of paying for the right to work a shift at a strip club is widespread. Dancers at most of what are considered “upscale” clubs run the risk every night of leaving empty handed, or even in debt, after handing over “stage fees” of $50-100, and in some cases even more, at the beginning of each shift. For some, however, it is a risk worth taking when the potential reward is a hefty payout at the end of the night.

Posted 21 November 2014 by NSWP

 

The Global Forum on MSM & HIV (MSMGF) and ICASO have jointly published a new briefing paper entitled ‘Punishing Success?’ The paper provides an explanation of Band 4 of the Global Fund and its implications for civil society and key populations.

Posted 20 November 2014 by NSWP

 

The Cameroonian Penal code criminalises sex work through article 343. It states “(1) Any person of either sex who habitually engages, for compensation, in sexual acts with others, shall be punished with imprisonment for six months to five years and a fine of 20.000 (US$ 34.24) to 500.000 (US$ 856.11) francs. (2) Any person who publicly recruits individuals of either sex through gestures, words, writings or any other means, for purposes of prostitution or debauchery shall be punished with the same penalties.”

African Regional Correspondent
Posted 14 November 2014 by NSWP

On Wednesday NSWP was invited by the International Community of Women Living with HIV (ICW) to take part in their monthly ICW Members Advocacy Working Group. Anastacia, NSWP Policy Officer and Daisy Nakato, WONETHA Director, were invited to lead the discussion on sex workers’ rights in the context of HIV. 

Posted 14 November 2014 by NSWP

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New report details recent global advocacy strategies used and outcomes achieved to enhance health and human rights for key populations

Posted 7 November 2014 by NSWP

The case has been ongoing and reveals the persistent efforts of a Brazilian sex worker “Isabel” who has been fighting to highlight police violence she and other sex workers faces since May this year). The building where she and about 400 self-organised sex workers lived and worked remains closed, and those who had their rights violated by the police operation haven’t had success in accessing justice. The sex workers who lived there, lost their homes.

Posted 6 November 2014 by NSWP

Yesterday, Members of the UK Parliament debated and passed the Modern Slavery Bill. The bill was at its third reading, following a period where it had been proposed and debated by a small committee. It will now proceed to the House of Lords for consideration before receiving Royal Assent and becoming legislation. 

Posted 6 November 2014 by NSWP

 

The Protection of Communities and Exploited persons act, Bill C-36, a harmful new piece of legislation introduced by the Conservative Canadian government in response to last year’s Bedford decision, looks set to become law.

Posted 5 November 2014 by NSWP

 

On October 21st the Oakland City Counsel quietly passed amendments to the Nuisance Eviction Ordinance requiring landlords to evict sex workers from the properties. Overshadowed by the passage of the Tenant Protection Ordinance, which aims to protect tenants against rent hikes, the amendment requiring the eviction of sex workers only came to light when journalist Susie Cagle tweeted about it.

Posted 3 November 2014 by NSWP

 

The video depicts some of the work done by STAR-STAR, including peer outreach and healthcare provision.

 

Posted 28 October 2014 by NSWP

A coalition of sex workers from various German groups (including two NSWP member projects: Hydra e.V. and Bufas) organised a large and well-attended conference in Berlin last month.

Posted 28 October 2014 by NSWP

 

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En la ciudad de Quito, Ecuador,  reunidos/as los y las integrantes de la Plataforma Latinoamericana de Personas que ejercen el Trabajo Sexual en el Hotel San Sebastián, deliberamos y consensuamos para expresar lo siguiente:

 

NSWP Latin America Regional Representative
Posted 27 October 2014 by NSWP

Cambodia’s Council of Ministry Government spokesperson, Phay Siphan, stated on 20 October, 2014, that his comments that condemning internationally recognised anti-trafficker, Somaly Mam, should be reiterated.

Posted 27 October 2014 by NSWP

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Photo: Matthias Lehmann | Matt Lemon Photography

Europe Regional Correspondent
Posted 27 October 2014 by NSWP

 

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La Asociación de Mujeres Trabajadoras del sexo “Colectivo Flor de Azalea” demandamos a la contraloría del Estado. La FALTA DE CUMPLIMIENTO DE LA GUIA NACIONAL DE NORMAS Y PROCEDIMIENTOS DE ATENCIÓN INTEGRAL A TRABAADORAS DEL SEXO.

BREVE DIAGNÓSTICO:

Posted 23 October 2014 by NSWP

On the 18th of September, two teenage girls were found dead on the side of a road in Jacksonville, Florida. The bodies of the two young women, Tjhisha Ball and Angelia Mangum, who were 19 and 18 years old, respectively, had apparently been thrown off an overpass and were discovered by a passerby in the early hours of the morning.

North America & Caribbean Regional Correspondent
Posted 21 October 2014 by NSWP

Somaly Mam, former executive director of the Somaly Mam Foundation (SMF), who was forced to resign from her position within the organisation in May 2014, due to allegations that she had deliberately fabricated key aspects of both her personal history, and those of the children being cared for by her organisation for explicit financial gain; has been officially banned by the Khmer Government from running another anti-trafficking NGO.

Posted 21 October 2014 by NSWP

The Associated Press (the world’s largest newsgathering organisation, based in New York City) is accepting suggestions for the 2015 version of its stylebook, a writing style guide for journalists. The stylebook is updated annually to reflect changes in writing style and new guidelines, and this year sex worker activists are urging the organisation to drop “prostitute” in favor of the preferred “sex worker.”

Posted 21 October 2014 by NSWP

Indian HIV advocate groups, including sex workers, are concerned that government supplies of critical antiretroviral (ARV) medications (tenofovir/lamivudine) which are supplied free of charge, are under threat. The National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO), Director General, Gen. A.S.

Posted 21 October 2014 by NSWP

After nine years of organising, the joint efforts of NSWP member groups Best Practices Policy Best Practices Policy Project and HIPS, together with groups including Casa Ruby and the DC Trans Coalition have succeeded in having the District of Columbia’s “Prostitution Free Zone” policy overturned.

Posted 16 October 2014 by NSWP

This is the 9th issue of NSWP's quarterly newsletter ‘Sex Work Digest’. 

This special issue includes coverage of the International AIDS Conference 2014 in Melbourne.

This resource is in English.  You can download this 14 page PDF below.

Apologies that we ommitted to feature the recipients of the Robert Carr Research Award, presented at IAC 2014, in this issue.  A full article about the award recipients will appear in the next issue.  The research project Sex Work and Violence: Understanding Factors for Safety and Protection was selected as the first recipient of the award. The project is overseen by a regional steering committee that included the Centre for Advocacy on Stigma and Marginalisation , the Asia Pacific Network of Sex Workers, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), UN Population Fund (UNFPA), the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), and Partners for Prevention, which is a joint UN initiative working on gender-based violence.

The research report itself is due to be launched in December 2014.

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Posted 7 October 2014 by NSWP

Launched in September 2013, New York’s Human Trafficking Courts (HTICs) are the first statewide human trafficking intervention within a justice system in the United States. The courts function as a “diversion” programme by connecting those arrested for prostitution to mandated social services rather than incarceration. Defendants who complete a mandated programme can have their case dismissed and sealed, provided that they are not rearrested within six months.

Posted 2 October 2014 by NSWP

In Canada, Bill C-36, which has been roundly criticised by sex workers, looks likely to pass, in its original form.

Posted 29 September 2014 by NSWP

Last week, California’s Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Assembly Bill 336,legislation requiring district attorneys to get a court’s permission to use possession of more than one condom as potential evidence of prostitution. It will go into effect on January 1st, 2015.

Posted 25 September 2014 by NSWP

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Indian sex workers in Bangalore, Karnataka State, have challenged National Crime Records Bureau statistics which suggest that the city has the second highest number of trafficked people in the country. The Bureau based this assertion on the number of people charged under the Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act (ITPA), 1956; however, sex worker activists say that the data is flawed as it includes the arrest of sex workers, not just people engaged in trafficking activities.

Posted 22 September 2014 by NSWP

Municipal policy makers in Ho Chi Minh City submitted a report to the Ministry of Social Affairs on Monday 15 September 2014, claiming that the local sex industry has dramatically expanded in size over the past 10 years despite the criminalisation of sex work and active policing of sex work venues.

Nicolette Burrows
Posted 18 September 2014 by NSWP

North Korean women suspected of, and/or engaging in, sex work in Chinese towns along the North Korean border are being systemically deported to North Korea, according to a source in the Chinese province of Liaoning.

In a recent case, a group of six North Korean women who had special concession from the Chinese government to work legitimately in the Chinese border town, Donggang City, Liaoning Province, were deported after authorities became aware that the women were working as sex workers.

Posted 18 September 2014 by NSWP

In an unusual case of strong sentencing, a 23-year-old man, Damique Fennell, who led the attack and robbery of a 27-year-old transgender sex worker in New York City was sentenced to 25 years in prison.

“Several decades ago”, said District Attorney Cy Vance in a press release, “a case like this one may not have gone to trial, but today’s sentencing and the convictions of these defendants represent a significant step towards obtaining justice for all crime victims, regardless of background.”

Posted 15 September 2014 by NSWP

A group of sex workers in Germany have released a statement decrying the German Minister for Family Affairs putting forth proposals for the mandatory registration of all sex workers in Germany.

Posted 12 September 2014 by NSWP

As the Canadian government rushes to push through Federal Bill C-36, their proposed new sex work legislation, before their December deadline, the Senate's legal and constitutional affairs committee will be meeting on Tuesday, September 9th to discuss it.

Posted 8 September 2014 by NSWP

Sydney sex workers are extremely pleased at the reception they received from the wider community following their protest action at the Festival of Dangerous Ideas (FODI) over the weekend. The annual FODI was held at Sydney’s iconic Opera House over 30-31 August, and featured a number of speakers with firmly established abolitionist perspectives of sex work.

Posted 8 September 2014 by NSWP
NSWP, The Global Network of Sex Work Projects, heralded the decision made by the Canadian Supreme Court in December 2013 to strike down laws related to sex work that were recognised to be unconstitutional and in violation of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The striking down of provisions that restricted sex workers’ ability to implement crucial security strategies in their work was seen by NSWP members and allies around the world as a significant step forward in advancing the health and human rights of sex workers in Canada.
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Posted 5 September 2014 by NSWP

Sydney’s Festival of Dangerous Ideas slammed by activists for promoting anti-sex work themes and excluding a sex worker perspective

Asia Pacific Regional Correspondent
Posted 29 August 2014 by NSWP

In the months since the Canadian government introduced its proposal for new legislation around sex work, Justice Minister Peter MacKay has been touring the country, holding closed-door meetings with what his department calls “criminal justice system stakeholders.” While the exact identity of those consulted remains unclear, one thing is likely: none of them were sex workers, the very people the government’s

North America & Caribbean Regional Correspondent
Posted 29 August 2014 by NSWP

Sex workers in Papua New Guinea (PNG) are hopeful that following the recent International AIDS Conference (IAC), held in July 2014, Melbourne, Australia, Papua New Guinea’s Health Minister, Honourable. Michael Malaba, will keep his public commitment to introduce legislation that decriminalises sex work and same sex relationships.

Asia Pacific Regional Correspondent
Posted 29 August 2014 by NSWP

A Brazillian sex worker has been forced to go into hiding after publically speaking out against police actions following an illegal raid in Niteroi, Brazil in May of this year.

On 23 May 2014 police occupied a building in the centre of Niteroi where sex workers live and work. The building had known sex work venues for about 400 self-organised sex workers. Some sex workers were residents and lost their homes after the illegal raid.

Posted 27 August 2014 by NSWP

A workshop was recently held in Geneva that brought together leading experts in health and human rights, technical partners, representatives of networks of key populations and people living with HIV, donors, grant recipients, civil society organizations, scholars and Global Fund board members and staff.

Posted 25 August 2014 by NSWP

Recently, VICE News posted a short documentary called “Young and Gay: Jamaica’s Gully Queens.” The film introduces viewers to the lives of LGBT youth who, having been forced from their homes or rejected by their families, live in an underground Kingston Town storm shelter, known locally as a “gully.”

Posted 25 August 2014 by NSWP

Trans sex workers as a group have unique needs that need to be addressed in order for trans sex workers to have their health and human rights upheld. While trans sex workers make up a minority of sex workers, they face an unacceptably high degree of multiple levels of stigma and discrimination.

Posted 25 August 2014 by NSWP

NSWP Publishes New Briefing Paper on Male Sex Work

Posted 22 August 2014 by NSWP