From October 12-16, 2010 in Pattaya, Thailand, the Asia Pacific Network of Sex Workers (APNSW), UNAIDS, and UNFPA collaborated on a consultation on HIV/AIDS and sex work in Asia. The meeting brought together UN and Global Fund for HIV Malaria and TB representatives with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and government officials from eight countries. Sex worker activists from Indonesia, Myanmar, Pakistan, India, Thailand, Fiji, Papua, New Guinea, Cambodia, and China attended to discuss approaches to the HIV/AIDS epidemic throughout Asia.
News Archive: October 2010
The Global Network of Sex Work Projects (NSWP) stands in solidarity with sex workers in Ontario, Canada, who have brought a successful court challenge to anti-sex work laws. On September 28, 2010 a court ruling struck down three provisions of the law that criminalise sex work (communicating for the purposes of prostitution, living on the avails of prostitution and brothel-keeping).
Since the opening plenary for the International AIDS Conference (IAC) on Sunday, July 18th, the Global Network of Sex Work Projects (NSWP) has been a vocal and visible presence at the conference. NSWP members have challenged both policy makers and funding agencies to break with the status quo, which perpetuates institutional violence and violation of sex worker’s human rights that lead to a higher rates of HIV infection and death.
In an effort to introduce myself as a NSWP blogger for the International AIDS Conference (IAC) in Vienna, I’ve written the first installment of the ‘Acronymicon,’ av go-to guide for the labyrinth of acronyms you’ll need for a well-informed encounter with groups involved with the Vienna Conference. I’m Will Rockwell, a 23 year-old sex worker in New York City, and I have represented NSWP at several UN consultations and fund committee meetings on the subject of young sex workers between the ages of 15 and 24.
The Global Network of Sex Work Projects raises the voices of female, male and transgender sex workers on issues that affect us. What these voices say about HIV is: SEX WORK IS WORK: Only Rights Can Stop the Wrongs. Unfavourable laws, stigma, violence, and discrimination cause sex workers’ vulnerability to ill health, social exclusion and human rights violations. Sex workers face these to varying degrees in all cultures from Switzerland to Swaziland, Canada to Cambodia. In this pamphlet, we define an understanding of HIV and sex work and outline our global agenda for change.