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Associations between sex work laws and sex workers’ health: A systematic review and meta-analysis of quantitative and qualitative studies

This systematic review and meta-analysis, led by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), has found that sex workers who have experienced 'regressive policing' (including arrest, extortion and violence from police), are three times more likely to experience sexual or physical violence. The study examines the impacts of criminalisation on sex workers’ safety, health, and access to services, using data from 33 countries. Sex workers' health and safety was found to be at risk not only in countries where sex work was criminalised, but also in Canada, which has introduced the “Nordic model”, where purchasing sex is specifically criminalised.

Sex Work, Stigma and Violence in the Netherlands

This resource was developed by PROUD, the Dutch union for and by sex workers, and Aidsfonds - Soa Aids Nederland, to explore the extent to which sex workers in the Netherlands experience stigma and violence. A total of 308 sex workers participated through questionnaires, in-depth interviews and focus group discussions from across the country, engaged in various types of sex work.

Community Guide: The Homophobia and Transphobia Experienced by LGBT Sex Workers

This resource is a Community Guide to the Briefing Paper on the Homophobia and Transphobia Experienced by LGBT Sex Workers. It provides an overview of the full Briefing Paper, and provides key recommendations for policymakers and other stakeholders. 

You can download this 6 page resource above. It is available in English, and will be available in Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish soon. 

Briefing Paper: The Homophobia and Transphobia Experienced by LGBT Sex Workers

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people experience targeted homophobia and transphobia at every level – including legal, political and social. For sex workers who are LGBT, discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity adds to and intensifies the discrimination they experience as sex workers. 

India’s Supreme Court rules that sex workers have the right to refuse services

Last week India’s Supreme Court ruled that sex workers have the right to refuse services, in a landmark case overturning a 2009 ruling in which 4 people were acquitted of rape.

NSWP denounces the harassment, arrests and detention of sex workers in DRC

NSWP denounces the harassment, arrests and detention of sex workers as part of the recently launched ‘Ujana’ programme in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Canadian sex worker organisations organise #JusticeforMoka campaign

Last week Maggie’s Toronto Sex Worker Action Project, a NSWP member based in Ontario, Canada, issued a community action alert to raise awareness and support for Moka, a black trans woman currently being held in a men’s prison for defending herself against a violent client.

Arbitrary arrest of sex workers in DRC

Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo is currently in the midst of a massive operation against sex workers.

Sex workers organise international day of action in memory of Vanessa Campos

Sex worker groups have organised an international day of action on 21st September to honour the memory of Vanessa Campos, a sex worker who was killed in Paris in August.

Sex workers and women's rights groups protest after kidnapping and murder of women in Uganda

Women’s and sex workers’ rights activists are protesting in Uganda following increasing numbers of violent attacks on women, including women sex workers. Groups report that kidnapping of women for ransom and murder have become increasingly common crimes in Uganda, and that there has not been sufficient investigation or justice for victims and their families.