The ongoing campaign being undertaken by Indian sex workers advocating for law reform, including the decriminalisation of sex work, recently received a boost in profile when a consortium of sex work law reform advocates, including Chief of the Indian National Commission for Women,
Regional updates: Asia and the Pacific
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Sherry Sherqueshaa (Project X), Singapore
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.
Today is the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers. Every year sex workers groups all over the world organises different activities to memorise the victimised sex workers, and to increase the public concern over sex workers.
Trigger warning: This article includes details pertaining to the sexual assault of sex workers.
A New Delhi court, headed by Judge Kaveri Baweja, has categorically stated that the sexual assault of sex workers is not acceptable and that in considering the sentencing of perpetrators, whether the victim is a sex worker or not, is irrelevant and should not be an issue which influences the punishment metered out to the convicted assailant.
Video: Kandapara, The Lost Brothel
The Global Alliance Against Trafficking in Women (GAATW) recently released its annual peer reviewed publication, the Anti-Trafficking Review, at Bangkok, Thailand’s Foreign Correspondent’s Club.
Cambodia’s Council of Ministry Government spokesperson, Phay Siphan, stated on 20 October, 2014, that his comments that condemning internationally recognised anti-trafficker, Somaly Mam, should be reiterated.
Somaly Mam, former executive director of the Somaly Mam Foundation (SMF), who was forced to resign from her position within the organisation in May 2014, due to allegations that she had deliberately fabricated key aspects of both her personal history, and those of the children being cared for by her organisation for explicit financial gain; has been officially banned by the Khmer Government from running another anti-trafficking NGO.
Indian HIV advocate groups, including sex workers, are concerned that government supplies of critical antiretroviral (ARV) medications (tenofovir/lamivudine) which are supplied free of charge, are under threat. The National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO), Director General, Gen. A.S.