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Many of the images circulating last week from the December 17th rallies commemorating the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers included photos of mask-wearing Chinese sex workers in Paris’ Belleville district. Many of the group were from a new organisation named Steel Roses – the rose symbolisesfemininity, and steel, strength -- set up to advocate for the rights of sex workers from the northern Chinese region of Dongbei who work in Belleville.

Regional Correspondent: Europe
Posted 22 December 2014 by NSWP

Earlier this month, NSWP member group Women with a Vision celebrated a quarter century of movement-building in Louisiana. The group’s 25th anniversary was commemorated with a fundraising party, with live musical guests, in New Orleans.

Regional Correspondent: North America & Caribbean
Posted 22 December 2014 by NSWP

Earlier this month, Hull City Council ​won a landmark ruling to create Britain's first "prostitution-free zone." The new orders mean that any sex workers or kerb crawlers caught around the Hessle Road area can be arrested and forced to appear in court. Hull City Council was granted the injunction order under Section 222 of the Local Government Act 1972.

Posted 22 December 2014 by NSWP

Trials of the pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) HIV medication, Truvada, are currently underway in 3 Australian states, despite concerns from sex workers that PrEP may undermine the safer sex culture of the Australian sex industry. PrEP, is a combination of two antiretroviral drugs – those used to treat the HIV virus – which in theory prevents a non-HIV positive person from sero-converting to the virus should they come in contact with it.

Posted 18 December 2014 by NSWP

Sex workers are responding with outrage about a new reality show named "8 Minutes" set to air on the A&E channel. The show follows vice cop-turned-minister, Kevin Brown as he arranges to meet sex workers in hotel rooms and, within eight minutes, tries to “rescue” them from the sex trades.

Posted 18 December 2014 by NSWP

The ongoing campaign being undertaken by Indian sex workers advocating for law reform, including the decriminalisation of sex work, recently received a boost in profile when a consortium of sex work law reform advocates, including Chief of the Indian National Commission for Women, L

Posted 18 December 2014 by NSWP

12 December 2014, Amsterdam, Netherlands – The Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+) is delighted with the decision of the International AIDS Society (IAS), who announced today that the city of Amsterdam, Netherlands would host the 22nd International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2018) from 22-28 July 2018.

Posted 18 December 2014 by NSWP

This is the 10th issue of NSWP's quarterly newsletter ‘Sex Work Digest’. 

This issue's theme is International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers.

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

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Posted 18 December 2014 by NSWP

2014 Events

This year, we anticipate December 17 events will take place numerous cities around the world.

To submit your event commemorating International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers, click here.

 

Posted 17 December 2014 by NSWP


This event will be held from 6 to 8 pm at Streetwise and Safe, on the 4th floor of the 
Miss Major-Jay Toole Building for Social Justice
147 West 24th St. 
New York, NY 10011

near the C/E/N/R/1/F and PATH trains

RSVP and event details on Facebook

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Posted 17 December 2014 by NSWP
Tue, 16 December 2014 ICRSE Coordinator
 

Joint Press release by STRASS, French Union of Sex Workers, Acceptess-T, Act Up Paris, Aids, Cabiria, Collective Ma

Posted 17 December 2014 by NSWP

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Today, 17th of December 2014, sex workers, their advocates, allies, friends and families, are gathering around the world to denounce all acts of violence against sex workers.

 

Posted 17 December 2014 by NSWP

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

 

The International Day to End Violence against Sex Workers is observed annually on December 17 by sex workers, advocates, friends, families and allies. The day calls attention to hate crimes committed against sex workers worldwide, as well as the need to remove the social stigma and discrimination which contributes to violence against sex workers.

Posted 17 December 2014 by NSWP

Today is the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers. Every year sex workers groups all over the world organises different activities to memorise the victimised sex workers, and to increase the public concern over sex workers.

Posted 17 December 2014 by NSWP

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In the spirit of remembrance and healing, sex workers, allies and advocates from around the world in recognising December 17, the International Day to End Violence against Sex Workers. We seek to come together to remember those who we have lost this year, and renew our commitment in the on-going struggle for empowerment, visibility, and rights for all sex workers.

Posted 17 December 2014 by NSWP

Trigger warning: This article includes details pertaining to the sexual assault of sex workers.

A New Delhi court, headed by Judge Kaveri Baweja, has categorically stated that the sexual assault of sex workers is not acceptable and that in considering the sentencing of perpetrators, whether the victim is a sex worker or not, is irrelevant and should not be an issue which influences the punishment metered out to the convicted assailant.

Posted 16 December 2014 by NSWP

Kandapara, The Lost Brothel

 

Posted 16 December 2014 by NSWP

Singaporean Member of Parliament, Christopher de Souza, late last month introduced a Private Member’s Bill designed to combat human trafficking. The bill, the Prevention of Human Trafficking Act, was debated for almost 3 hours before being passed as legislation on 3 November, 2014.

Posted 16 December 2014 by NSWP

The Global Alliance Against Trafficking in Women (GAATW) recently released its annual peer reviewed publication, the Anti-Trafficking Review, at Bangkok, Thailand’s Foreign Correspondent’s Club. The theme of the 2014 Anti-Trafficking Review is “Following the Money: Spending on Anti-Trafficking”.

Posted 15 December 2014 by NSWP

A letter of support for the ‘Nordic Model’ has been circulated to a global network of university researchers from around the world seeking signatures for a model they deem as the most effective way to protect the human rights of sex workers.

Posted 14 December 2014 by NSWP

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Posted 10 December 2014 by NSWP

The National Executive Council (NUS NEC), the interim policy-making body of the United Kingdom’s National Union of Students, last week passed a motion to officially support the decriminalisation of sex work.

Posted 10 December 2014 by NSWP

Canada’s harmful new anti-sex work policy, Bill C-36, the Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act, became law on December 6th, ironically Canada’s national day of remembrance and action on violence against women.Kathleen Wynne, Ontario's premier, issued a statement a day after it took effect, saying she has a "grave concern" about the new laws.

Posted 9 December 2014 by NSWP

Ruins - Chronicle of an HIV witch-hunt

A Greek woman, named only as Katerina, took her own life over the weekend. She had been publicly outed as living with HIV in a health ministry initiative in May 2012.

Posted 3 December 2014 by NSWP

Just one month after the Northern Ireland Assembly passed a bill criminalising the purchase of sex, the Republic of Ireland’s government has introduced a bill that will make it a criminal offence to pay for sex.

Posted 2 December 2014 by NSWP

In May 2013 Monica Jones, a student, trans- and sex-worker-activist and member of SWOP Phoenix, was arrested by Phoenix police on charges of “manifesting prostitution” as part of a programme called Project ROSE. Jones had spoken out against Project ROSE just days before her arrest.

Posted 1 December 2014 by NSWP

NSWP has published its 2013 Annual Report. The Global Network of Sex Work Projects (NSWP) is a membership organisation committed to amplifying the voices of sex workers from both the Global North and South. Our organisational culture and rules ensure that we are led by sex workers and that sex workers are meaningfully involved at all levels within NSWP. NSWP members are regional sex workers’ networks and organisations from across the world.

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Posted 26 November 2014 by NSWP

L’histoire retiendra la date du 5 juin 1981 comme point de départ de l’épidémie de Sida. Depuis les chercheurs du monde entier explorent plusieurs pistes pour arriver à bout du VIH/SIDA. Vu la complexité de la constitution du virus, deux voies ont été adoptées pour l’éradiquer : la prévention pour ceux et celles qui sont séronégatifs et le traitement pour les personnes vivant avec le VIH.

Posted 26 November 2014 by NSWP

Last week, 26-year-old Tarek Shaban Bin Ziaed was sentenced to 20 years in prison for the murder of a sex worker. The body of Yuan’é Hu, who had arrived in France from China in December 2011, was found in August 2012 in the Paris apartment she shared with other sex workers.

Posted 21 November 2014 by NSWP

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.

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 Communities Living with HIV, Tuberculosis and affected by Malaria Delegation (Community Delegation) of the Board of the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria have published a global report detailing results from a study conducted in 11 countries. The Communities Delegation is a group of forty individuals living with HIV, TB and affected by malaria from every region in the world. They work closely on policy and advocacy at Committee and Board levels and the delegation is committed to being accountable to the constituencies that it represents.

Posted 18 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. Rathore, stated that the situation would potentially affect 150,000 people living with HIV who rely on free ARVs.

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