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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.

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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

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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.

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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

GAATW and the Freedom Network call on the US House of Representatives to drop H.R.4703

Posted 19 August 2014 by NSWP

 

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Photo: Li Jun, Pioneer of the Sex Workers’ Movement 

NSWP joins the sex worker rights movement in mourning the passing of a pioneer in the Taiwanese sex worker rights movement. Below is a obituary honouring the life and work of Li Jun published by COSWAS.

Posted 19 August 2014 by NSWP

NSWP has published a statement in response to the recent release of a report by the Norwegian Ministry of Justice and Public Security following an evaluation of the ban of the purchase of sex which came into force in 2009 in Norway. The report has been heavily criticised by various sex worker rights groups for its poor quality and contradictory claims and findings presented throughout the report's 168 pages. 

Posted 18 August 2014 by NSWP

Last month a new chapter of the USA-wide network of Sex Workers Outreach Projects launched in Sacramento, California.

Posted 13 August 2014 by NSWP

The red ribbon is a global symbol in the movement to address AIDS. The Red Ribbon Award, presented every two years at the International AIDS Conference (IAC), is designed to honour and celebrate community based organisations for their outstanding initiatives that show leadership in reducing the spread and impact of AIDS.

Posted 13 August 2014 by NSWP

SWAN (Sex Workers’ Rights Advocacy Network in Central and Eastern Europe) in an attempt to raise awareness of the terrible human rights abuses faced by sex workers in Tajikistan, organised a photo flash mob at the AIDS 2014 conference in Melbourne, Australia.  The conference learned of the situation in Tajikistan and participants were given details about the recent police crackdown and forced HIV testing of sex workers in the country.  To show their solidarity with se

Posted 13 August 2014 by NSWP

SZEXE is an organisation that works to protect the interests of sex workers in Hungary.  As well as offering direct services to sex workers SZEXE also conducts campaigning and advocacy work to advance sex worker rights.  On July 1st in Budapest the organisation hosted a conference called ‘Nothing about Us without Us!’.  This conference brought together many different people including journalists, politicians, civil society organisations and academics.  But most importantly this conference was about amplif

Posted 13 August 2014 by NSWP

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Monica Jones, who, in April, was found guilty of manifesting prostitution, asked the Arizona Supreme Court to overturn her conviction on Tuesday, August 5th.

Posted 13 August 2014 by NSWP

The Norwegian Ministry of Justice and Public Security has released a report following an evaluation of the ban of the purchase of sex which came into force in 2009 in Norway. The report claims that the ban on the purchase of sex has been successful in meeting its ‘objectives’.

Posted 13 August 2014 by NSWP

On July 27th, in Georgetown, Guyanese sex workers clashed with police as they gathered for a wake for two transgender sex workers who had been murdered the week before.

Posted 12 August 2014 by NSWP

On 22 July 2014, at the International AIDS Conference, the Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+), the International HIV/AIDS Alliance and STOP AIDS NOW! launched a new Community Guide, Driving the HIV response, developed in response to the World Health Organization (WHO) 2013 Guidelines on the use of antiretroviral (ARV) drugs for treating and preventing HIV.

Posted 24 July 2014 by NSWP

Guyana-based NSWP member organisation, SASOD (The Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination) was honoured with the 2014 Red Ribbon Award for Advocacy and Human Rights earlier this week, during a special session at the 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne.

Posted 24 July 2014 by NSWP

Across the globe, HIV rates are climbing among sex workers and people who use drugs. One of the main reasons is that they are criminalised. Too often sex workers and drug users are forced to choose between protecting their health and staying safe from police harassment or arrest.

Posted 23 July 2014 by NSWP

Medical journal, The Lancet has joined an ever growing number of international health and human rights organisations calling for the full decriminalisation of sex work in order to address the HIV epidemic more effectively in a new series of papers on sex workers and HIV. The men, women, and transgender people who sell sex the world over are subjected to repressive and discriminatory laws and practices which in turn fuel stigma, discrimination, and in a large number of instances violence being perpetrated against sex workers.

Posted 23 July 2014 by NSWP

In the lead up to the official opening of the 20th International AIDS Conference, currently being held in Melbourne, Australia, sex workers from 30 countries met on the 18th and 19th of July, 2014, to discuss issues of significance affecting our communities and to strategise the promotion and advocacy of these issues within various conference forums.

Posted 23 July 2014 by NSWP

New guidelines aimed at improving HIV programming for key populations were launched this weekend in Melbourne at the 20th International AIDS Conference.

Posted 22 July 2014 by NSWP

NSWP launched the Global Consultation on PrEP and Early Treatment as Prevention Strategies at the 20th International AIDS Conference currently underway in Melbourne, Australia.

HIV and AIDS have affected different population groups in different magnitudes since their emergence.  Sex workers, in particular female sex workers, have one of the highest HIV prevalence rates globally.

Posted 22 July 2014 by NSWP

Leader of the Russian Sex workers' Movement "Silver Rose" has been elected the Chair of the Coordinating Committee on HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control in Russian Federation

Posted 21 July 2014 by NSWP

NSWP member Desiree Alliance have boycotted the 2014 International AIDS Conference in Melbourne Australia. 

Posted 21 July 2014 by NSWP