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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

It was with great sadness that we learnt of Malaysian Airlines flight 17 brought down en route to Kuala Lumpur from Amsterdam. The realisation that a number of our friends, colleagues, fellow HIV activists and advocates were on board has been a tremendous shock to all of us here at NSWP.

Posted 21 July 2014 by NSWP

NSWP stands in solidarity with sex workers the world over and mourn the deaths of 31 people in Baghdad, Iraq on 12 July 2014. Religious militia are suspected to behind the massacre in a brothel in the suburb of Zayouna which is known to be a red-light district in the capital city of Iraq. Among the dead, were 29 women and two men who were shot at close range in what can only be described as an execution of all those present in the brothel. The gunmen left a message on the front door warning people that ‘This is the fate of any prostitution’.

Posted 18 July 2014 by NSWP

By Monday 14 July,2014, almost 1000 Bangladeshi sex workers from the Tangail Kandapara brothel district were evicted from their homes and work spaces as the demolition of the brothel complex, which spanned over 3 acres of land, was undertaken at the behest of an “anti-social activities committee” who threatened to set the complex on fire.

Posted 16 July 2014 by NSWP

The inaugural RobertCarr Research Award has been given to a four-country research project that aims to increase security and safety for sex workers.

Posted 16 July 2014 by NSWP

This is a press release from NSWP member SCOT-PEP.

Posted 16 July 2014 by NSWP

NSWP has published a new briefing paper titled ‘Sex Work and the Law: Understanding Legal Frameworks and the Struggle for Sex Work Law Reforms’

Posted 15 July 2014 by NSWP

For the past three years sex workers in France and their union, STRASS, have been fighting against the attempt to introduce laws criminalising their clients.  The issue was first discussed by the French National Assembly in December 2011 when a non-binding resolution was adopted by the Assembly supporting the introduction of the ‘Swedish model’ in France.  This was later followed by the introduction of a formal Bill by the ruling French Socialist Party.  The campaign to pass the Bill was led by the Minister for Wom

Posted 11 July 2014 by NSWP

Part Two: “Professional Whistle-Blowers and Bounty Hunters” are encouraged to Target Sex Workers as Part of a National Campaignto “Crack down on Organised Crime”

Posted 10 July 2014 by NSWP

Part 1: A History of Direct Action Style Sex Worker Organising in South Korea over the Past Decade

Posted 10 July 2014 by NSWP

This conference takes as its starting point the need to explore how sex which involves forms of commercial exchange can be understood within broader cultural and social contexts. More specifically, it invites an examination of prostitution, its shifting meanings and governance, by focussing on the contested intersection of activities designated sex, the intimate sphere, and activities designated labour.

Posted 10 July 2014 by NSWP

As the December deadline to create a new prostitution law in Canada approaches, parliament is reconvening during its summer recess for a packed schedule of hearings by the House of Commons justice committee.

Posted 8 July 2014 by NSWP