Regional updates: Latin America

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

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.

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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.

11th June 2013 by NSWP

NSWP has received short term funding from the Robert Carr Civil Society Network Fund (RCNF) to support our regional networks in identifying and documenting good practice in sex worker led HIV programming; sex workers access to treatment and the impact of free trade agreements; and the impact of HIV programming for sex workers that fails to reflect a rights based approach.

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS:  Friday, 12 April 2013 @ 24.00.

26th March 2013 by NSWP

NSWP Board Member, Angela Villon, features in this video talking about fighting for sex workers' rights in Peru.

29th February 2012 by NSWP

Story in English & Spanish

Movimiento de trabajadoras sexuales del Perú are organising a march to protest against the 'Zona Rosa' in Lima, on Thursday 1st March - details below.

29th February 2012 by NSWP

PRONUNCIAMIENTO

A LA OPINION PÚBLICA  Y AUTORIDADES

El Movimiento de Trabajadoras Sexuales del Perú, eleva su voz y hace publica su denuncia sobre acciones de violencia sistemática, delictuosa y cavernaria practicada por las llamadas Rondas campesinas, con la indiferente complicidad de las autoridades en la ciudad de Cajamarca.

6th June 2011 by NSWP