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International Sex Workers’ Rights Day 3rd March - SWEAT press statement

March 2, 2015

Only Rights Will Stop The Wrong – Decriminalise Sex Work Now!

On the 3rd of March, Sex Workers Education and Advocacy Taskforce (SWEAT) and Sisonke National Sex Workers Movement (Sisonke) in South will launch an online campaign to commemorate International Sex Workers’ Rights Day.

The campaign will be calling for the decriminalisation of sex work in South Africa with the theme: Only Rights Will Stop the Wrong – Decriminalise sex work now!

Ontario’s Premier Expresses Concern Over C-36


Canada’s harmful new anti-sex work policy, Bill C-36, the Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act, became law on December 6th, ironically Canada’s national day of remembrance and action on violence against women. Kathleen Wynne, Ontario's premier, issued a statement a day after it took effect, saying she has a "grave concern" about the new laws.

New efforts to criminalise clients fail after UK politicians listen to sex workers and activists

Yesterday, Members of the UK Parliament debated and passed the Modern Slavery Bill. The bill was at its third reading, following a period where it had been proposed and debated by a small committee. It will now proceed to the House of Lords for consideration before receiving Royal Assent and becoming legislation. 

Scarlet Alliance Red Umbrella Rally: Sex workers speak up!

11 Nov

Scarlet Alliance Red Umbrella Rally:
Sex workers speak up!
Tuesday 11th November, 2014
4:30 - 6pm, Speeches and Performances from 5pm
Talbot Reserve, Albert St, St Kilda

Join us in St Kilda to hear it straight from sex workers.
Victoria’s licensing regime harms sex workers.
Street Sex work - still criminalised.
Draconian laws prevent sex workers working how, when and where we want.
Police as regulators; unnecessary, barrier to justice.
Full decriminalisation is needed now for sex workers’ health and safety.

Papua New Guinea’s Health Minister Vows to Introduce Legislation Decriminalising Sex Work

Sex workers in Papua New Guinea (PNG) are hopeful that following the recent International AIDS Conference (IAC), held in July 2014, Melbourne, Australia, Papua New Guinea’s Health Minister, Honourable. Michael Malaba, will keep his public commitment to introduce legislation that decriminalises sex work and same sex relationships.

Sex Workers call on Government to Follow the evidence and decriminalise sex work

The decriminalisation of sex work could avert HIV infections by 33- 46% in the next decade, according to a new study published in The Lancet, the world’s leading medical journal.”

July 29, 2014 (Cape Town) –The Sex Worker Education and Advocacy Taskforce (SWEAT) and Sisonke National Sex Worker Movement of South Africa welcome the imperative finding of the research series on HIV and Sex workers.

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The Lancet Joins Other Int'l Organisations in Call for Full Decriminalisation of Sex Work

Medical journal, The Lancet has joined an ever growing number of international health and human rights organisations calling for the full decriminalisation of sex work in order to address the HIV epidemic more effectively in a new series of papers on sex workers and HIV. The men, women, and transgender people who sell sex the world over are subjected to repressive and discriminatory laws and practices which in turn fuel stigma, discrimination, and in a large number of instances violence being perpetrated against sex workers.