Sex workers in Scotland, led by sex work organisation SCOT-PEP have successfully mobilised to get Edinburgh City Council to reject police calls to start treating condoms as evidence of sex work. This rejection of the police policy represents a triumph for harm reduction, common-sense, and sex worker-organising.
News Archive: October 2013
NSWP’s core value relating to this is: ‘opposition to all forms of criminalisation and other legal oppression of sex work (including sex workers, clients, third parties*, families, partners and friends). The footnote reads, "The term ‘third parties’ includes managers, brothel keepers, receptionists, maids, drivers, landlords, hotels who rent rooms to sex workers and anyone else who is seen as facilitating sex work".
A female sex worker in the US State of California is challenging a provision in its laws that deny rape and trauma support to sex workers. The sex worker, who was a victim of rape, was denied after-rape medical and mental health care on account of her status as a sex worker.
An exhibit by a transgender sex worker has opened in London showcasing photographs from her time as a sex worker in Greece in the ‘80s and ‘90s.
The artist, Paola Revenioti will also share photos of her former lovers and clients from 19 October to 3 November at East London’s George and Dragon gay bar, according to a reportby Gay Star News (GSN).
A new Dutch publication has been released that addresses the human rights violations and challenges faced by sex workers, people who use drugs, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, in accessing much-needed HIV and health services.
Anti-sex work group, Equality Now, recently launched an attack on the UN over recommendations to decriminalise sex work in two reports on HIV and Sex Work.
Another UN agency has reaffirmed it's support of sex workers in response to Equality Now's anti-sex worker campaign. The support of UN Women highlights the extent to which the feminist movement is increasingly on the side of sex workers, seeing sex workers as rights bearers, rather than the recipients of disempowering 'rescue' services.
A new report highlighting the interconnectedness of the LGBTIQ and sex worker rights movement in East Africa says that both these movements have greatly contributed to social justice in the region.
The International Committee on the Rights of Sex Workers in Europe (ICRSE) has launched an advocacy and activism tool kit aimed at ‘helping sex worker rights collectives, organisations and activists carry out advocacy and activism that influences or challenges specific areas of policy or legislation of Swedish model,’ the ICRSE
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.
'Stepping up the Pace' has been selected as the theme for the 20th International AIDS Conference, to be held in Melbourne, Australia, 20th - 25th of July, 2014.
The World Health Organization have published an important new document, 'WHO: Implementing Comprehensive HIV/STI Programmes with Sex Workers: Practical Approaches from Collaborative Interventions', reaffirming that the health of sex workers doesn’t happen in a vacuum, and that countries should work towards the decriminalisation of sex work, and the empowerment and self-determination of sex working communities, as a fundamental part of the fight against HIV.
Sex workers in London are mobilising in defense of the traditional red light area, Soho, which is under threat from gentrification and developers. Sex workers are being specifically targeted for eviction, despite the fact that their long-standing presence has been crucial to the area's sexy, cosmopolitan character and reputation, and thus part of what has made it attractive to developers at all.
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 Open Society Foundations (OSF) have published a report detailing the sex work findings from the Global Commission on HIV and the Law’s report HIV and the Law: Risks, Rights, and Health. The report examined where and how human rights abuses occur and how new laws, court decisions, and better legal enforcement can address the epidemic of HIV globally.