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.
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.
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
The Global Network of Sex Work Projects (NSWP), implemented a global project to identify and document best practices undertaken by sex workers in carrying out programmes related to sex work and HIV; to identify and document issues of sex workers and their access to HIV‑related treatment and the impact of free trade on this access; and to identify and document the impact of programmes relating to HIV directed at sex workers which fail to include a human rights‑based approach.
We are still seeking a regional correspondent to research and write up the history of NSWP and the sex worker rights movement in LATIN AMERICA.
REGIONAL CORRESPONDENT – History of NSWP and sex worker rights movement (consultant)
NSWP is seeking to recruit a regional correspondent to research and write up the history of the sex worker rights movement and the development of the NSWP regional and sub-regional networks in Latin America.
Representatives from the Best Policy Practices Project (BPPP) presented a briefing drafted by NSWP to staff from the office of the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of Human Rights Defenders in Geneva this morning.
NSWP has released a statement in relation to the arrest of Alejandra Gil. From our understanding of the situation, the charges in question emanate from new legislation, which in our view conflates sex work with human trafficking.
Gabriela Leite, a (former) sex worker, and tireless campaigner for sex workers' rights, passed away last night at the age of 62. She will be deeply mourned by sex workers and sex worker rights activists around the world, and particularly in her native Brazil.
A sex worker living with HIV in Bolivia has been sentenced to house arrest, due to her job and sero-status. A spokeswoman from a local sex worker-led organisation, said, "Confidentiality was violated and this is a case of discrimination. Moreover ... we get no help at all, not even counselling”, noting "[the woman in the case] didn’t know anything about HIV. She agreed to have a rapid test but was surprised by the result."
The Brazilian Network of Prostitutes released a statement on June 7, 2013, in response to the government's recent censorship of a rights based HIV prevention campaign developed by sex workers in partnership with the STD/AIDS Department/Ministry of Health earlier this year. The campaign was launched for International Prostitutes Day (June 2nd), and, just two days later, ordered to be taken offline by the Minister of Health. A sanitised and adulterated campaign was relaunched several days later. Sex worker NGOs quickly mobilised and released statements criticising the government's actions. As the Brazilian Network of Prostitutes noted, "With the government’s decision to first veto and then drastically alter the AIDS campaign supposedly constructed in partnership with prostitutes, we see that they are using this social group to affirm what they desire, thereby ignoring the achievements of the social movement and violating diverse democratic principles".
The full statement from the Brazilian Network of Prostitutes is available here. The following blog post from Laura Murray, sex worker rights advocate, filmmaker, and student based in Brazil, provides more background information about the events that have unfolded in the country over the past week and a link to the entire censored campaign.