News Archive: March 2015

NSWP has published the the 11th issue of our quarterly newsletter ‘Sex Work Digest’. 

You can download the 10 page Digest as a PDF below.

31 March 2015

As the French Senate prepared to debate a proposal to criminalise the clients of sex workers on Monday, March the 30th and Tuesday March the 31st, a university study showed that the vast majority of sex workers in France are opposed to the proposed new law.

31 March 2015


In December 2013, the Supreme Court of Canada (Bedford Decision) struck down all three sections of the Criminal Code that outlawed prostitution, on the grounds that the laws violated sex workers' right to security of the person. In other words, the laws prevented sex workers from employing precautions that would increase their safety on the job. The Court gave the government one year to make new laws. 

Enacted in December, 2014, The Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act (PCEPA) makes it a crime to:

30 March 2015

On May 1st, Thai sex worker Thanta Laovilawanyakul enters the Danish stage in Copenhagen to add a new perspective to the question; why do Westerns travel around the globe to get something as banal as sex.

One by one, people from the audience will be lead onto the stage to play different experiences with sex worker Thanta Laovilawanyakul at Betty Nansens Theatre in Copenhagen in May.

The controversial play ‘Love-Theatre’ has been developed by two Danish instructors: Tue Biering and Jeppe Kristensen.

27 March 2015

On Tuesday the 24th of March, sex worker organisations participated in the Public Policy Forum on Violence and Health in Sexual Work in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

The forum was hosted by the Domincan Republic’s first sex worker organisation, Movimiento de Mujeres Unidas (MODEMU), (United Women's Movement), and supported by the Latin America and Caribbean Sex Workers Network (REDTRASEX).

26 March 2015
Women’s Network for Unity (WNU), registered with the Cambodian Ministry of Interior in 2004, is a non-religious and spearhead grassroots non-government organisation working to promote conceptual understanding of human rights.
26 March 2015

ICASO have recently published alerts related to the new Global Fund Updates CCM Guidelines and Requirements for key population advocacy. These guidelines provide information and practical guidance for civil society organizations and key population networks on the updated Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM) Eligibility Requirements which came into effect on January 1, 2015.

26 March 2015

The Association of Women’s Rights in Development (AWID) have published a report sharing highlights from the four recipients of the organisation’s “Innovation Seed Grants” whose projects focused on advancing the rights of sex workers.

25 March 2015
UNAIDS is hosting two open virtual consultations and invites all interested stakeholders to participate. Each consultation will run for five days and will be held at critical points in the strategy development process. Inspired by the unprecedented progress made over the past several years, the international community, including the UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board (PCB) and the Member State-led Open Working Group on the Sustainable Development Goals, has embraced the ambition of ending the AIDS epidemic as a public health threat by 2030.
23 March 2015

On Monday March the 16th, the New York State Assembly passed legislation that would allow for tougher penalties for traffickers, sending them to prison for at least five years and up to 25 years.

The Trafficking Victims Protection and Justice Act (TVPJA) was split off from a package of “women’s equality” bills that had stalled because of a disagreement with the Republican-controlled Senate over abortion rights.

23 March 2015

On Friday, March the 13th, several sex worker advocates addressed a parallel event during the Committee on the Status of Women Forum at the United Nations in New York City.

17 March 2015

On Monday, March the 16th, NSWP member group SCOT-PEP (Scottish Prostitutes Education Project) launched a Know Your Rights information card for indoor sex workers.

16 March 2015

The six-week long Leicester Red Project is in its second-to-last week, but there is still time to catch a final screening.

13 March 2015

Geneva- Representatives of U.S..-based sex worker rights organisations will travel to Geneva, Switzerland next week, March 15-21st, to meet with members of the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC), and to call for greater human rights protections. As the HRC prepares for a review of the U.S.’ human rights record later this spring, civil society organisations from throughout the U.S.. are travelling to Geneva to educate members about violations of civil, political, economic and social human rights in the U.S.. 

12 March 2015

The Global Fund has now completed its e-learning library related to the access to funding process.  Courses are available in English, French, Spanish and Russian.  These courses have already been viewed over 5500 times, with 100% of survey respondents indicating they would recommend courses to a colleague.

This library includes courses on the following topics, with the newest courses highlighted in red:

12 March 2015

NSWP is extending the deadline for applications from Columbia & Ecuador (one correspondent based in each country) to enhance coverage of regional news and events in the NSWP region of Latin America. 

NSWP values diversity and encourages applications from individuals with sex work experience and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. 


11 March 2015

NSWP values diversity and encourages applications from individuals with sex work experience and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. We are currently seeking a regional correspondent and are inviting applicants to apply by Sunday, 29 March 2015 23:59 GMT.

11 March 2015

The Independent reports that a civil court in Barcelona has ruled that sex workers in Spain are to be entitled to the same labour rights as workers in any other industry and that they should have the right to claim unemployment benefits when not in work.

11 March 2015

Last week, the San Francisco-based sex workers’ advocacy group, Erotic Service Providers Legal, Education, and Research Project (ESPLERP) filed a lawsuit against the attorney general of the state of California and several District Attorneys charging that California’s current law against prostitution, Penal Code 647(b), is unconstitutional. The group’s attorney says that their case could potentially lead to the decriminalisation of prostitution in several states in the western United States.

10 March 2015

Sex workers are often encouraged to take part in economic empowerment programmes to help them exit sex work by requiring that they give up sex work while they learn new skills like hairdressing and sewing. Some of these programmes work but the majority of them fail sex workers to such an extent it is hard to imagine why such programmes are still considered as acceptable by some.

4 March 2015

March 3, YANGON: Sex workers experience extreme violence at work, in health care and custodial settings, in their neighbourhoods and homes, according to a study conducted in four Asian countries.

3 March 2015

The long-running case against Monica Jones for “manifesting prostitution” has finally been dropped, one month after her April 2014 conviction was overturned in an Arizona court of appeals.

3 March 2015

Migrant sex workers from Nepal are currently facing increased scrutiny from Indian immigration authorities and police as they travel through Indian airports to work in the United Arab Emirates.

2 March 2015

Sex workers mark International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers, 17 December, 2014, Suva, Fiji. Image attributed to Sesenieli Naitala.


2 March 2015