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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