Regional updates: North America and the Caribbean

Our members are listed on the left or you can click the red umbrellas on the map.

Regional Board Members

Shaunna-May Trotman (Guyana Sex Work Coalition), Guyana

Natasha Potvin (Peers Victoria Resources Society), Canada

NSWP Regional Network

The Caribbean Sex Workers Coalition (CSWC) is a regional network of organisations representing female, male and transgender sex workers. It was founded in 2011 and is based in Georgetown, Guyana.

News articles from North America and Caribbean region are listed below.

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PROS Network (Providers and Resources Offering Services to sex workers) participated in two studies in New York around the impact of policies that use of condoms as ‘evidence of prostitution’.

21st April 2012 by NSWP

The ongoing ‘sex-trafficking’ controversy surrounding Village Voice Media-owned (a website where escorts can advertise their services) continues. 

9th April 2012 by NSWP

Many people will have been following the developing news stories about New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof, who attacks the sex industry and promotes a 'rescue and rehabiitation' approach.

3rd April 2012 by NSWP

Source: NSWP member organisation Stella press release.

Ontario Court of Appeal Judgment

Partial Victory:  Judgment Abandons Street Sex Workers

It is with a mix of joy and disappointment that we have learned of the decision by the five Ontario Court of Appeal judges that recognize the unconstitutionality of the articles criminalizing bawdy houses and living on the avails of prostitution, except in cases of exploitation. It is a victory in and of itself to be able to work legally indoors, alone or in groups and to have the right to have people around to increase security, such as receptionists, drivers, managers, agency owners, etc.

27th March 2012 by NSWP

News it just breaking of the Ontario Court of Appeal ruling.  This ruling upholds a lower court decision but actually makes changes to some of the existing laws.

26th March 2012 by NSWP

At the recent World Health Organisation conference in Montreaux, Switzerland looking at addressing violence against sex workers in the context of HIV, St. James Infirmary programmes director Stephany Ashley presented information about their media campaign on the public transport system.  

26th March 2012 by NSWP

The Guyana Coalition of Sex Workers (GCSW) is advocating for a better educated Guyana Police Force capable of handling diverse issues in a mature manner.

13th March 2012 by NSWP

An article in The Atlantic shows how several US states are still using possession of condoms as evidence for arresting people 'suspected of engaging in prostitution.'

12th March 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.

25th January 2012 by NSWP

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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). 

17th January 2012 by Neil McCulloch