International Sex Workers’ Day was celebrated by organisations around Brazil. In Rio, Belo Horizonte and Campinas (Southeast), Porto Alegre (South), Belém (North), Teresina and Campina Grande (Northeast), sex workers and activists took part in cultural and political activities including; workshops, media interviews, parades, a catwalk show, the distribution of leaflets, papers, flowers and chocolate candies to sex workers. Read some of these stories, right here.
Regional updates: Latin America
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Regional Board Members
Cynthia Navarrete Gil (APROASE), Mexico.
Miguel Angel Saurin Romero (Asociacion Civil Cambio y Acción), Peru.
NSWP Regional Network
The Plataforma LatinoAmerica de Personas que EjeRcen el Trabajo Sexual (PLAPERTS) is a Latin American platform for sex worker-led organisations representing female, male and transgender sex workers. It was founded in 2014 and is based in Machala, Ecuador.
News articles from Latin America region are listed below.
NSWP is extending the deadline for applications from Columbia & Ecuador (one correspondent based in each country) to enhance coverage of regional news and events in the NSWP region of Latin America.
NSWP values diversity and encourages applications from individuals with sex work experience and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.
REGIONAL CORRESPONDENTS – News (consultant)
A Brazillian sex worker has been forced to go into hiding after publically speaking out against police actions following an illegal raid in Niteroi, Brazil in May of this year.
On 23 May 2014 police occupied a building in the centre of Niteroi where sex workers live and work. The building had known sex work venues for about 400 self-organised sex workers. Some sex workers were residents and lost their homes after the illegal raid.
Due to new municipal ordinance, sex workers from Encarnación, Paraguay are prohibited to work in the streets of the city. According to the national sex worker-led organisation UNES – Organización de Mujeres Trabajadoras Sexuales del Paraguay – this prohibition regulates work and activities in public areas of the city, criminalises people who autonomously engage in sex work, and increases police repression and state violence against sex workers.
The arrival of ships from abroad means one thing for Elena: dollars. In Venezuela the green notes rule, said the 32-year-old sex worker. She travels to Puerto Cabello, in Venezuela’s coastline, every time a new ship arrives, particularly now that the Venezuelan economy has gone down; the Bolivar currency weakened and prices are high.
The Brazilian parliament is currently analysing a new law proposal that is intended to punish private commercial establishments associated with prostitution or trafficking in persons. The Law proposal 5742/13, by the deputy Guilherme Mussi, is considered another barrier in the affirmation of sex workers’ rights in Brazil.
As the World Cup 2014 in Brazil gets closer, several human rights violations against sex workers can be observed across the country. Current public policies related to sex work is being framed under anti-trafficking efforts and combatting sexual exploitation of children and adolescents, as part of the agreement between the Brazilian government and FIFA.
After several street protests against police illegal actions against sex workers in the city of Niteroi, state of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on 31 May 2014 the sex worker-led NGO Davida, member of NSWP, organised a Daspu catwalk protest in front of the building where sex workers were arrested on 23 May 2014.
(c) Association Mulheres Guerreiras and Daspu