From NSWP member, Triple X reporting on the Red Umbrella March held in Vancouver on the 14th of June in protest of the new regressive Canadian legislation on sex work being proposed. Triple X also developed a leaflet for the march entitled: 'Why Sex Work Should Not Be A Crime' which you can download here.
Regional updates: North America and the Caribbean
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Regional Board Members
Shaunna-May Trotman (Guyana Sex Work Coalition), Guyana
Natasha Potvin (Peers Victoria Resources Society), Canada
NSWP Regional Network
The Caribbean Sex Workers Coalition (CSWC) is a regional network of organisations representing female, male and transgender sex workers. It was founded in 2011 and is based in Georgetown, Guyana.
News articles from North America and Caribbean region are listed below.
(c) Tripple X
The following article is a press release from NSWP member, Triple X
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
After months of speculation, the Canadian government yesterday announced its plans for new legislation around sex work.
(c) Pivot Legal Society
Earlier this month, when the New York Police Department announced that they would end its practice of treating condoms as 'evidence of prostitution' in some, but not all, cases, the Access to Condoms Coalition-- whose executive committee includes NSWP members Red Umbrella Project and Sex Workers Outreach Project – NYC-- sta
The following is press release from NSWP member, Maggie's Toronto Sex Workers Action Project
Monday, June 2, 2014 — Maggie’s – Toronto Sex Workers’ Action Project, along with sex workers and other experts, question the legitimacy of the federal government online consultation around prostitution in Canada.
NSWP member HOOK, is a sex worker-led organisation based in New York, US. HOOK works with male sex workers and offers workshops on life skills including financial literacy and legal advice and hosts discussions about working smarter through its Rent U program. HOOK also conducts research into sex work by men in the US.
Hook has developed a series of resources for male sex workers including:
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.
In a partial, but significant victory for the sex worker groups that have been advocating on the issue for years, the New York Police Department announced on Monday that they would end its practice of treating condoms as evidence of prostitution in some, but not all, cases.
Members of the Guyana Trans United (GTU) took to the area outside the Brickdam police station last week picketing against the inaction of the police in delivering justice to the four trans sex workers who were victims in a drive-by shooting.
GTU was supported by members of the Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination (SASOD) as well as other NGOs and individuals sympathetic to the plight of the sex workers.