News Archive: January 2012

Source: rightswork.org

This paper, written by Phil Marshall, briefly raises some issues around the demand side of trafficking, initially focusing on demand relating to exploitative labour practices and then discussing issues around demand contributing to exploitation for sexual purposes. It is very much an opinion piece, intended to promote discussion.

Phil Marshall
Posted 26 January 2012 by NSWP

The World Health Organization (WHO) is developing guidelines for evidence-based interventions
for the prevention and treatment of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in low- and
middle-income countries.

The Global Network of Sex Work Projects (NSWP) oversaw a civil society consultation of sex workers commissioned by the WHO to gather feedback on the proposed guidelines and produced this report, entitled:

'Female, Male and Transgender Sex Workers' Perspectives on HIV & STI Prevention and Treatment Services: a global sex worker consultation.'

NSWP
Posted 26 January 2012 by NSWP

Expose the Secret Big Pharma Free Trade Deal Negotiations in LA!

NSWP members and activists in LA are encouraged to attend this important protest to defend global access to affordable medicines. 

Health GAP and the California Fair Trade Coalition, AFL-CIO, Citizens Trade Campaign, Friends of the Earth, Public Citizen,  Moana Nui and local members of the labor, environmental, Latino, and Asian-Pacific Island communities are planning a teach-in and Rally in LA.

Posted 25 January 2012 by NSWP

You can read these interesting articles from the 39th Newsletter from our colleagues at Zi Teng - based in Hong Kong.

The topics covered in this issue of the newsletter include:

  • complaints of abuse by massage workers and migrant sex workers
  • injustice in the Hong Kong courts
  • abuses of police power

Their newsletter is available on the website here. 

Or you can read or download the newsletter here (English) or here (Chinese).

Posted 24 January 2012 by Neil McCulloch

NSWP has signed up to this petition and urges others to do so.

Source: Act Up Basel and Change.org

Act Up Basel
Posted 24 January 2012 by Neil McCulloch

Reproduced from: rightswork.org

In September, 15 academics and advocates wrote to the State Department’s Trafficking Office to request reliable evidence in support of statements made in the document: “Prevention: Fighting Sex Trafficking by Curbing Demand for Prostitution.”  The Trafficking Office recently responded but, to our disappointment, it was unable to present even one piece of reliable research in support of the claims in the ‘fact sheet’ (their term, not ours). 

Posted 17 January 2012 by Neil McCulloch

From: globalvoicesonline.org

Well-known blogger and feminist activist Ye Haiyan, also known as Liumang Yan (Hooligan Sparrow), decided to provide sexual services to rural peasant workers on January 11 in defense of sex workers' rights after she witnessed a recent raid by police officers in a brothel in Guangxi province.

Liu wrote about her day of prostitution on her Sina Weibo account on January 12 and while her posts were removed by Sina employees, Liu has a backup of her writings on Tencent's Qzone personal diary site. Her account illustrates the lives of the lowest strata sex workers in China.

Read a reconstruction of her deleted Sina microblog posts taken from Qzone here: 

Oiwan Lam
Posted 17 January 2012 by Neil McCulloch

The Durbar Mahila Samanwaya Committee is a collective of 65000 female, male and transgender sex workers in West Bengal, India. Their most recent Bulletin (No 10.) includes the views of sex workers regarding rehabilitation and a report on the Capacity Building event for sex workers that took place in December. 

You can download this 5 page pdf Bulletin below (in English). 

Posted 17 January 2012 by Neil McCulloch

Reproduced with the kind permission of www.andrew-drummond.com 

Andrew Drummond is a British independent journalist and occasional television documentary maker based out of Bangkok and covering Thailand and South East Asia.

 Andrew has recently published this fascinating video on 'YouTube.com', exposing the activities of 'The Grey Man’, an Australian registered charity claiming to work on anti-trafficking. 

You can also read the full story on Andrew Drummond's website here.

Andrew Drummond
Posted 16 January 2012 by Neil McCulloch

Source: Press Release from the English Collective of Prostitutes 

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Sheila Farmer, a sex worker who worked with other women from premises for safety had charges of brothel-keeping dismissed today in Croydon Crown Court. She worked with other women since being viciously raped and attacked whilst working alone. 

English Collective of Prostitutes
Posted 4 January 2012 by Neil McCulloch

Watch this great video of NSWP member organisation ASWA's Mozambique Coordinator Laila Matsinhe being interviewed at ICASA here.

ASWA / VIMEO
Posted 2 January 2012 by Neil McCulloch