News Archive: January 2016

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Fourteen sex workers were arrested on the 24th of January in Cambodia, and taken to the infamous ‘rehabilitation’ centre known locally as Prey Speu.

This makes a total of 289 sex workers arrested in the last 13 months, according to the Cambodian sex workers’ union Women’s Network for Unity (WNU). These are only the cases WNU have been able to document. “Many others have been routinely arrested that we can’t capture in our outreach and program activities”, says WNUs’ Managing Director Samara Shehata.

Posted 29 January 2016 by NSWP

Galina, a 28-year-old Bulgarian sex worker was found murdered in Oslo in a carpark, on the 17 of December, the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers. She went missing on Wednesday the 16 of December. Her friends did not go to the police but went looking for her themselves, only calling the police when they found her body the day afterward.

Posted 26 January 2016 by NSWP

NIKAT, a sex worker-led organisation and NSWP member has started a community-led radio project in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The founding members of NIKAT wanted to find new ways to do outreach to the community in Addis Ababa and they decided to start a sex worker-led radio programme on FM Shegar 102.1. The programme is called Betegna Radio Programme.

Posted 22 January 2016 by NSWP

NSWP is part of Bridging the Gaps – health and rights for key populations. Together with almost 100 local and international organisations Bridging the Gaps partners have united to reach one mission: achieving universal access to HIV/STI prevention, treatment, care and support for key populations, including sex workers, LGBT people and people who use drugs. Bridging the Gaps has published their 2015 Report, which summarises the activities of its funding recipients in the period from September 2011 to December 2015.

Posted 21 January 2016 by NSWP

In a December press release, a Florida Sheriff released the names and personal information of 50 sex workers, four of whom were identified as trans. The arrests were part of a sting called “Operation Naughty Not Nice,” which brought together multiple law enforcement agencies in Florida. Fifty sex workers were charged, along with 33 clients and 12 others. Sheriff Grady Judd issued a press release with their names and personal information, including date of birth and places of work.

Posted 21 January 2016 by NSWP

The International AIDS Conference 2016 (IAC) is calling for research abstracts and workshop proposals. It also welcomes activity proposals for the Global Village & Youth programme, a space centered around networking within and between communities. The IAC will take place on 18-22 July in Durban, South Africa.

The IAC is an important space for sharing knowledge and for advocacy for persons living with HIV. The previous edition of the conference, held in 2014, drew criticism from both the sex worker and drug user movements regarding the lack of meaningful representation and participation in the conference of communities who are highly stigmatised, marginalised and vulnerable to HIV/AIDS.

Posted 13 January 2016 by NSWP