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Exclusion Kills! Joint Statement from NSWP and MSMGF

Gay men and sex workers worldwide express anger over attempts by governments to erase key populations from the 2016 UN Political Declaration on HIV and AIDS.

On May 27th, new draft language was released for the 2016 Political Declaration on HIV and AIDS, which is scheduled to be finalized in New York City next week (Wednesday, June 8 to Friday, June 10) at the United Nations. The Global Network of Sex Work Projects and MSMGF (The Global Forum on MSM & HIV) together with the Global Platform to Fast-Track the HIV and Human Rights Responses Among Gay and Bisexual Men and Other Men Who Have Sex with Men (The Platform) are deeply concerned with numerous changes made in the new draft, which erase key populations from the global HIV response.  As the final political declaration will be issued during next week’s United Nations High-level Meeting on HIV and AIDS, we urge our partners to take bold and fast actions now to influence decisions made by UN delegation members.

La Naissance de Butterfly: Intégrer les Voix des TravailleurSEs du Sexe MigrantEs au Movement pour les Droits des TravailleurSEs du Sexe

Dans cet article, membre fondateur de Butterfly Asian and Migrant Sex Workers Network, Elene Lam, fait valoir que les travailleurSEs migrantEs du sexe sont exclus du mouvement des droits des travailleurSEs du sexe nord-américains. Les féministes abolitionnistes parlent contre les droits des travailleurSEs du sexe en utilisant les voix manquantes des travailleurs migrants de sexe.

The Birth of Butterly: Bringing Migrant Sex Workers' Voices into the Sex Workers' Rights Movement

In this article, founding member of Butterfly Asian and Migrant Sex Workers Network, Elene Lam, argues that migrant sex workers are excluded from the North American sex workers’ rights movement. Abolitionist feminists argue against sex workers’ rights by using the missing voices of migrant sex workers. Lam provides arguments for the inclusion of migrant sex workers in the movement to prevent this from happening.

Research for Sex Work Éditorial

L'éditorial de NSWP dans Research for Sex Work 15: Résistance et Résilience, donne un aperçu de la résistance et la résilience des travailleurSEs du sexe en Lyon, France de 1972 à 1975. En 1975, les travailleurSEs du sexe ont occupé l'église Saint Nizier à Lyon pour revendiquer leurs droits. Leur objectif était de mettre fin à l'oppression légale du travail du sexe et de garantir les droits des travailleurSEs du sexe.

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Research for Sex Work Editorial

NSWP’s editorial in Research for Sex Work 15: Resistance and Resilience, provides an overview of sex workers’ resistance and resilience in Lyon, France from 1972 to 1975. In 1975 sex workers occupied the Saint Nizier Church in Lyon to demand their rights be respected. Their goal was to end the legal oppression of sex work and ensure sex workers’ rights are protected.

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Research for Sex Work 15: Résistance et Résilience

Research for Sex Work 15: Résistance et Résilience est une publication pour les TravailleurSEs du sexe, les militantEs, les travailleurSEs de la santé, les chercheurSEs, le personnel des ONGs et les décideurSEs. Il est publié chaque année et est régie par un comité éditorial composé de travailleurSEs du sexe, de personnel des organisations de soutien et des cheurcheurSEs. Il est disponible en anglais et en français.

Research for Sex Work 15: Resistance and Resilience

Research for Sex Work 15: Resistance and Resilience is a peer-reviewed publication for sex workers, activists, health workers, researchers, NGO staff and policy makers. It is available in English and French. All issues of Research for Sex Work can be found here

Sex Workers in Mexico file complaint with the National Commission on Human Rights

In Mexico, sex work is considered a public health problem because it is associated with the spread of sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Due to this, health regulation is based on reducing or eliminating the effects of sex work on the general population, through mandatory health checks and sanitary control. This comes at a high economic cost for sex workers and violates their human rights.  

Moving Toward Decent Sex Work

The EMPOWER Foundation Thailand report Moving Toward Decent Sex Work and its summary explores the protections offered to Thai sex workers under civil law and the application of other labour mechanisms to sex work. It provides an overview of the Thai sex industry and argues that to develop a reform process, people must hear how exploitation is defined and experienced by Thai sex workers. Decent Sex Work provides recommendations which are appropriate to prevent and address exploitation in sex work.

Speak Out: Personal Testimonies of Rights Violations Experienced by Sex Workers in Kenya

Kenyan sex workers continue to suffer human rights violations. Sex workers also bear a  disproportionately large burden of HIV. This could be significantly reduced by a rights-based approach to their health needs. This research by GNP+ focuses on the human rights violations that female sex workers living with HIV face when they access healthcare services. It also highlights violations by law enforcement officers that impact on sex workers’ vulnerability to and ability to manage HIV.