Regional updates: Asia and the Pacific

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Regional Board Members

Sherry Sherqueshaa (Project X), Singapore

Regional Network

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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A big step for the health and well-being of all Vietnamese women, men & children

9th April 2014 by NSWP

The New Zealand Human Rights Review Tribunal made a landmark ruling in January 2014 on the violation of a woman’s human rights in a Wellington brothel known as The Kensington Inn. The woman filed a complaint against both the manager of the brothel and the brothel’s owner, M &T Enterprises, after the manager allegedly harassed her.

5th March 2014 by NSWP

The Durbar Mahila Samanway Committee (DMSC), a sex workers' collective has set up a Right to Information (RTI) centre on Monday at a red-light area in Kolkata marking International Sex Workers Day. The RTI centre will be providing information to sex workers. The sex workers' collective also held a rally in the city. More than 1,500 sex workers participated in the rally seeking recognition by the government and demanding they be brought under a government pension scheme.

4th March 2014 by NSWP

The Asia Pacific Network of Sex Workers (APNSW) has resoundingly criticised Equality Now's campaign, noting "This offensive campaign  by Equality Now is an attempt to silence sex workers and replace us with hand-picked 'survivors', to advance the view that all sex work is 'violence against women'.

30th September 2013 by NSWP

The National Network of Sex Workers India today joined NSWP and the African Sex Workers Alliance in standing with the robust UN recommendations that call for the decriminalisation of sex work in order to protect sex workers' health and human rights, and against this latest attack on recomendations that are supported by sex workers globally.

28th September 2013 by NSWP

The late-August attack on the Madaripur red light district in Dhaka, Bangladesh, made up to five hundred sex workers homeless and destroyed their workplaces. It has now emerged that sex workers were refused vital hospital treatment in the aftermath of the attacks.

9th September 2013 by NSWP

Sex workers in China face widespread stigma along with legal and societal discrimination according to several recent media reports.

Sex workers are particularly vulnerable to human rights abuses. The number of people involved in sex work in China has been on the rise. As a result of this the problems and dangers sex workers face are becoming an increasingly pressing societal problem.

2nd September 2013 by NSWP

Up to five hundred sex workers in Dhaka, Bangladesh, have been left homeless and without work in the last week, as anti-sex worker activists "rampaged" through a two-hundred year old brothel district. Sex worker activists highlighted that these actions are not just those of rogue extremists, but part of a wider pattern of sex worker evictions, where the state permits the land to be bought up for development against the wishes of current residents.

29th August 2013 by NSWP

Sex workers gathered from across India in New Delhi last week, for a two-day meeting on the 'protection of dignity and rights of sex workers' organised by the All Indian Network of Sex Workers, as a prelude to the launch of national campaign calling for decriminalisation.

26th August 2013 by NSWP

Although migrant sex workers in Thailand are grateful for the concern showed for their well-being they would like to ask people read their report “Hit & Run” rather than the TIP report on Thailand which is again disappointing in so many ways. In brief, the TIP report is very poorly written; there is a complete lack of accountability; it is full of sweeping assumptions and generalizations; conclusions are based on guesswork rather than evidence e.g. “sex tourism may fuel human trafficking - presumably then there is an equal chance that it may not? The chronic problem they have with accurate and credible numbers persists e.g. according to the first TIP report 2001 there were 700,000 people trafficked globally but now the same report claims 27 million people are trafficked. . It is not credible academically and not accessible to migrant communities.  The report adds no new or useful information to the previous reports.

6th July 2013 by NSWP