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With all the conversations on anti-trafficking, we often forget that these are not just concepts and conversations, but complex, lived experiences. The film Normal highlights some of the nuances which are often ignored.

 

Posted 22 April 2014 by anelda grove

A new resource has been loaded onto the resources section of the NSWP website that summarises the arguments for and against the Swedish Model. There is currently a lot of pressure on governments in Europe and in other countries across the world, to adopt the Swedish Model i.e. the criminalisation of the purchase of sex.  

Posted 21 April 2014 by NSWP

 

Costing Data Use Guide For Providing Key HIV Services to Female Sex Workers and Men Who Have Sex with Men in Côte d’Ivoire is a useful report published by The Health Policy Project. The report is has been designed for program planners, policy, and decision makers, and civil society organisations that advocate for and work with Female Sex Workers (FSW) and Men who have Sex with Men (MSM) in programs related to HIV and AIDS.

Posted 21 April 2014 by NSWP

The European Commission are inviting civil society organisations working on trafficking in human beings, to express their interest to participate in the EU Civil Society e-Platform against Trafficking in Human Beings.

Posted 17 April 2014 by NSWP

A big step for the health and well-being of all Vietnamese women, men & children

Posted 9 April 2014 by NSWP

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NSWP meber, Women in Power Initiative (WOPI), the first Community Based Organisation in Nigeria led a march in Lagos marking the 14th International Sex Workers’ Rights Day. The programme mobilised over 50 sex workers, civil society organisations working with the female sex worker community and the media.

Posted 8 April 2014 by NSWP

File 1385NSWP has published the Sex Worker Freedom Festival Report. The Sex Worker Freedom Festival (SWFF) was an alternative International AIDS Conference 2012 event for sex workers and allies held in Kolkata in India from 21 to 26 July 2012.  SWFF was an official International AIDS Conference 2012 Hub to protest the exclusion  of sex workers and ensure the voices of those excluded are heard in Washington.

Posted 7 April 2014 by NSWP

A moving tribute to Andrew Hunter, who was a fierce and dedicated sex worker rights activist. This Youtube video was made by his life partner, Dale.

The video was first presented at an event called 'In Memoriam Andrew Paul Hunter' at UNAIDS, Geneva on 25 February 2014.  The video takes you through Andrew's activism and illustrates the leadership he showed throughout his career.


You can read other tributes to Andrew Hunter here.

Posted 1 April 2014 by NSWP

The NSWP has responded to Amnesty International’s (AI) draft policy on sex work. AI is currently undertaking a global consultation on sex work with its members. The draft policy proposes the decriminalisation of consensual adult sex work.

Posted 27 March 2014 by NSWP

Representatives from the Best Policy Practices Project (BPPP) presented a briefing drafted by NSWP to staff from the office of the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of Human Rights Defenders in Geneva this morning.

Posted 14 March 2014 by NSWP

File 1372Recently, Monica Jones, a human rights defender with SWOP, was profiled and wrongfully arrested by Phoenix police because she is a transgender woman of colour.

Posted 14 March 2014 by NSWP

In response to the open letter to AWID published by the National Organisation for Women’s Shelters and Young Women’s Shelters, the Swedish Association of Women’s Shelters and Young Women’s Empowerment Canters and the Swedish Women’s Lobby, AWID restates their support for sex worker rights organisations and their allies in

Posted 13 March 2014 by NSWP

A Coalition of more than 50 civil society organisations (Civil Society Coalition on Human Rights and Constitutional Law) advocating for non-discrimination in Uganda filed a petition at the Constitutional Court in Uganda on 11 March 2014.

Posted 12 March 2014 by NSWP

The Human Trafficking and Exploitation Bill proposed by Lord Morrow currently being considered in Northern Ireland could, if passed into law, usefully place support for victims of human trafficking on a statutory basis and amalgamate some existing legislation into one single Act. The Bill includes a clause that recommends the criminalisation of the purchase of sex to reduce demand for trafficking.

Posted 10 March 2014 by NSWP

NSWP joins The Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+), the International Network of People who Use Drugs (INPUD), the Global Forum on MSM and HIV (MSMGF) and the International Treatment Preparedness Coalition (ITPC) in expressing concern that exorbitant prices for life-saving hepatitis C treatment will continue to result in unnecessary deaths, including among key populations and people living with HIV.

Posted 8 March 2014 by NSWP

La Strada International statement for International Women’s Day 2014, “Equality for women is progress for all”

On 8 March 2014, International Women’s Day, La Strada international, the European network against trafficking in human beings, calls for full empowerment and integration of women in all levels of economic, social and cultural activities.

Posted 7 March 2014 by NSWP

The Global Network of Sex Work Projects (NSWP) have released a statement strongly condemning the recent EU Parliament vote on the flawed report prepared by MEP Mary Honeyball.

Posted 6 March 2014 by NSWP

File 1365(c) Hege Grostad

Posted 5 March 2014 by NSWP

The New Zealand Human Rights Review Tribunal made a landmark ruling in January 2014 on the violation of a woman’s human rights in a Wellington brothel known as The Kensington Inn. The woman filed a complaint against both the manager of the brothel and the brothel’s owner, M &T Enterprises, after the manager allegedly harassed her.

Posted 5 March 2014 by NSWP

The Durbar Mahila Samanway Committee (DMSC), a sex workers' collective has set up a Right to Information (RTI) centre on Monday at a red-light area in Kolkata marking International Sex Workers Day. The RTI centre will be providing information to sex workers. The sex workers' collective also held a rally in the city. More than 1,500 sex workers participated in the rally seeking recognition by the government and demanding they be brought under a government pension scheme.

Posted 4 March 2014 by NSWP

NSWP has released a statement in relation to the arrest of Alejandra Gil. From our understanding of the situation, the charges in question emanate from new legislation, which in our view conflates sex work with human trafficking. 

Posted 3 March 2014 by NSWP

The ongoing debate on homosexuality in Kenya is likely to affect the fight against HIV, Health Cabinet Secretary James Macharia has said.

In a statement, Mr Macharia said Men having Sex with Men are among key groups that contribute to new HIV infections in Kenya and called for a sober approach on the debate.

Denis Odunga
Posted 28 February 2014 by NSWP

MEP Mary Honeyball's flawed and factually incorrect report 'Sexual exploitation and prostitution and its impact on gender equality' was backed by the European Parliament yesterday.The final report by Mary Honeyball, MEP was approved by the European Parliament by 349 votes to 139 on the 27thof February 2014.

Posted 27 February 2014 by NSWP

UNAIDS have drafted a briefing note on the legal status of sex work emphasising the key human rights and public health considerations.

The briefing note clarifies five issues that are often a source of contention with the anti-sex work lobby. The points that the UNAIDS briefing note clarify include:

Posted 25 February 2014 by NSWP

In 2012 during the International AIDS Conference in Washington, DC, Carol Leigh from Bayswan met and interviewed Petite Jasmine with Pye Jakobbson from Rose Alliance of Sweden. Petite Jasmine was murdered one year later, a victim of the stigmatisation and legal discrimination that sex workers face.

Carol Leigh
Posted 25 February 2014 by NSWP

President Museveni of Uganda today has assented to the Anti-Homosexuality bill which now becomes law. According to the president homosexuality is due to a person’s environment and not due to a person born homosexual and as such it [homosexuality] can be fought. The bill proposes a raft of measures to criminalise, stigmatise, victimise and intimidate anyone suspected of being homosexual or promoting homosexuality in any way. Prison sentences ranging from a few years to life imprisonment will be handed to those who are convicted under the new legislation.

Posted 24 February 2014 by NSWP

A new resource has been uploaded on our website. The paper uses an example from Scarlet Alliance, Australian Sex Workers' Association and argues for more insider research on migrant sex work and trafficking. The paper is detailed and takes the reader through all the ethical considerations, processes and outcomes of a large scale multilingual migrant sex worker research project

Posted 24 February 2014 by NSWP

La Strada International (LSI), the European NGO Network against Trafficking in Human Beings, and its partners in the LSI NGO platform – who are united against trafficking in human beings, have issued a statement strongly opposing the report by the FEMM committee that was drafted by Mary Honeyball. The report on ‘sexual exploitation and prostitution and its impact on gender equality’ calls for the so-called ‘Swedish Model’.

Posted 24 February 2014 by NSWP
More than 560 civil society organisations and 86 researchers tell the European Parliament to reject a report on prostitution by Mary Honeyball, MEP for London, which promotes the criminalisation of clients of sex workers, in an upcoming plenary session on February 27th.

560 NGOs and civil society organisations and 786 academics and researchers have signed letters to the members of the European Parliament

Posted 19 February 2014 by NSWP

Human rights activists in Kyrgyzstan are concerned that a new police department tasked with combating human trafficking is forcing sex workers in the capital to undergo testing for sexually transmitted diseases.

Police in Bishkek have set up a new unit to tackle sexual exploitation and to monitor businesses suspected of running 'prostitution rings'. Numerous of these establishments have been raided since the unit was set up in November of last year.

Posted 18 February 2014 by NSWP

The Global Network of Sex Work projects have released a statement in response to the decision by The European Parliament Women's Rights and Gender Equality Committee's to support proposals to criminalise the clients of sex workers.

Posted 17 February 2014 by NSWP

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(c) John Vink / Magnum Photos

Posted 12 February 2014 by NSWP

On 20 December 2013, the Canadian Supreme Court struck down the last of the laws that relating to sex work that sex workers’ rights campaigners have argued were unconstitutional. The Criminal Code of Canada included a number of provisions, such as ‘outlawing public communication for the purposes of prostitution’ which relates to bans on street soliciting, ‘operating a bawdy house’ or ‘living off of the avails of prostitution’ although being a sex worker was not illegal.

Posted 12 February 2014 by NSWP

The Commision on HIV and the Law have released a summary of an E-Discussion held in June 2013 organised by UNDP’s HIV, Health and Development Group in collaboration with the Democratic Governance Group and the Gender Team.

Posted 11 February 2014 by NSWP

Colectivo Hetaira released the following manifesto on the 6th of February 2014.

Madrid sex workers and Colectivo Hetaira denounce the increasingly precarious conditions in which we are carrying out our work, due to regulations and laws that punish prostitutes who get their clients in the street while favoring the owners of big clubs -forcing us to work in those places where there are no laws to protect our rights, since prostitution is not recognized as work.

Posted 11 February 2014 by NSWP

We are pleased to announce that Pye Jakobsson has been elected as the new President of The Global Network of Sex Work Projects. The President of the NSWP board is elected by the sex worker-led organisations within the membership of NSWP. Pye succeeds the late Andrew Hunter, who sadly passed away on the 26th of December 2013. The elections however, were not a result of the sudden and untimely passing of Andrew as the election process started on the 1st of December 2013 given his elected term had come to an end.

Posted 31 January 2014 by NSWP

The Anti-Trafficking Review calls for papers for a Special Issue '15 Years of the UN Trafficking Protocol'. This issue will present thoughtful, innovative and well-researched articles that address critical questions relating to the impact, intended and unintended consequences of the protocol.

Posted 30 January 2014 by NSWP

On January 21st, HRW released their 24th annual review of human rights practices around the world. The report summarises key human rights issues in more than 90 countries and territories worldwide drawing on events through to November 2013.

On the decriminalisation of sex work, the report states on page 47: "...our call for decriminalizing simple drug use and possession (see the essay The Human Rights Case for Drug Reform in this volume), and our push for decriminalizing voluntary sex work by adults."

Posted 29 January 2014 by NSWP

The 2014 Red Ribbon Award Round is open for nominations until 31 January 2014

On World AIDS Day, 1 December 2013, UN and civil society partners jointly announced a global call for nominations for the 2014 Red Ribbon Award, intended to promote and support community organizations to respond to the AIDS epidemic. Nominations will be accepted until 31 January 2014.

Posted 26 January 2014 by NSWP

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

This resource is in English.  You can download this 9 page PDF below.

NSWP
Posted 23 January 2014 by NSWP