Sydney’s Festival of Dangerous Ideas slammed by activists for promoting anti-sex work themes and excluding a sex worker perspective
News Archive: August 2014
In the months since the Canadian government introduced its proposal for new legislation around sex work, Justice Minister Peter MacKay has been touring the country, holding closed-door meetings with what his department calls “criminal justice system stakeholders.” While the exact identity of those consulted remains unclear, one thing is likely: none of them were sex workers, the very people the government’s
Sex workers in Papua New Guinea (PNG) are hopeful that following the recent International AIDS Conference (IAC), held in July 2014, Melbourne, Australia, Papua New Guinea’s Health Minister, Honourable. Michael Malaba, will keep his public commitment to introduce legislation that decriminalises sex work and same sex relationships.
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.
A workshop was recently held in Geneva that brought together leading experts in health and human rights, technical partners, representatives of networks of key populations and people living with HIV, donors, grant recipients, civil society organizations, scholars and Global Fund board members and staff.
Recently, VICE News posted a short documentary called “Young and Gay: Jamaica’s Gully Queens.” The film introduces viewers to the lives of LGBT youth who, having been forced from their homes or rejected by their families, live in an underground Kingston Town storm shelter, known locally as a “gully.”
Trans sex workers as a group have unique needs that need to be addressed in order for trans sex workers to have their health and human rights upheld. While trans sex workers make up a minority of sex workers, they face an unacceptably high degree of multiple levels of stigma and discrimination. Various laws exist around the world that criminalises aspects of trans people’s existence in one way or another. Such legislation often centres on ‘behaviours’ perceived as non-conformist or unacceptable in some moral sense.
NSWP Publishes New Briefing Paper on Male Sex Work
GAATW and the Freedom Network call on the US House of Representatives to drop H.R.4703
Photo: Li Jun, Pioneer of the Sex Workers’ Movement
NSWP joins the sex worker rights movement in mourning the passing of a pioneer in the Taiwanese sex worker rights movement. Below is a obituary honouring the life and work of Li Jun published by COSWAS.
NSWP has published a statement in response to the recent release of a report by the Norwegian Ministry of Justice and Public Security following an evaluation of the ban of the purchase of sex which came into force in 2009 in Norway. The report has been heavily criticised by various sex worker rights groups for its poor quality and contradictory claims and findings presented throughout the report's 168 pages.
Last month a new chapter of the USA-wide network of Sex Workers Outreach Projects launched in Sacramento, California.
The red ribbon is a global symbol in the movement to address AIDS. The Red Ribbon Award, presented every two years at the International AIDS Conference (IAC), is designed to honour and celebrate community based organisations for their outstanding initiatives that show leadership in reducing the spread and impact of AIDS.
SWAN (Sex Workers’ Rights Advocacy Network in Central and Eastern Europe) in an attempt to raise awareness of the terrible human rights abuses faced by sex workers in Tajikistan, organised a photo flash mob at the AIDS 2014 conference in Melbourne, Australia. The conference learned of the situation in Tajikistan and participants were given details about the recent police crackdown and forced HIV testing of sex workers in the country. To show their solidarity with sex workers in Tajikis
SZEXE is an organisation that works to protect the interests of sex workers in Hungary. As well as offering direct services to sex workers SZEXE also conducts campaigning and advocacy work to advance sex worker rights. On July 1st in Budapest the organisation hosted a conference called ‘Nothing about Us without Us!’. This conference brought together many different people including journalists, politicians, civil society organisations and academics. But most importantly this conference was about amplifying the voices of s
Monica Jones, who, in April, was found guilty of manifesting prostitution, asked the Arizona Supreme Court to overturn her conviction on Tuesday, August 5th.
The Norwegian Ministry of Justice and Public Security has released a report following an evaluation of the ban of the purchase of sex which came into force in 2009 in Norway. The report claims that the ban on the purchase of sex has been successful in meeting its ‘objectives’.
On July 27th, in Georgetown, Guyanese sex workers clashed with police as they gathered for a wake for two transgender sex workers who had been murdered the week before.