Regional updates: Asia and the Pacific

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Sherry Sherqueshaa (Project X), Singapore

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The Asia Pacific Network of Sex Workers (APNSW) is a sex worker-led network whose members include national sex worker-led networks, sex worker-led organisations and community-based sex work projects representing female, male and transgender sex workers. APNSW was founded in 1994 at the International AIDS Conference in Japan and is based in Bangkok, Thailand.

News articles from Asia and the Pacific region are listed below.

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Source: PlusNews

While a number of Asian and Pacific countries are addressing legal barriers to accessing HIV information and treatment, there is still a gap between policy and implementation, say officials.

14th Febrero 2012 by NSWP

As reported in the Indian Express, around 250 sex workers were amongst those who took part in a silent rally on Friday 10th February in Mysore in opposition to a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the European Union aoround the supply of generic life-saving drugs. 

14th Febrero 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).

24th Enero 2012 by Neil McCulloch


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: 

17th Enero 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). 

17th Enero 2012 by Neil McCulloch

Reproduced with the kind permission of 

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 '', 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.

16th Enero 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 8.) includes details of new reproductive health services now offered by DMSC and information about health insurance cards given to sex workers in Sonagachi. 


You can download this 6 page pdf Bulletin below (in English).

17th Noviembre 2011 by Neil McCulloch

We, the undersigned civil society organisations and members of the Seksualiti Merdeka (Sexuality Independence) coalition strongly condemn the attacks on the annual festival by PERKASA, Hindu Sangam and PAS Youth. We call upon the state authorities to ensure the security and rights of all human rights defenders in the country, including those from the LGBTIQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer) community.

7th Noviembre 2011 by NSWP

After another recent case where an HIV positive female sex worker was jailed for propagating sexually transmissible infections, local groups that work with sex workers speak out about the possible impact on HIV infections and how the discriminatory nature of the law violates the human rights of sex workers. 

You can read the whole article published in the ‘Global Times’ here.   

2nd Agosto 2011 by Neil McCulloch

This is an edited version of a talk given by Elena Jeffreys, national president of Scarlet Alliance, at the Feminist Futures conference in Melbourne, Australia 28-29 May 2011 on the panel Why Feminism Matters. It was published in The Scavenger.

14th Junio 2011 by NSWP