On 21st February, Empower held a very successful launch of their anti trafficking report "Hit & Run: Sex Worker's Research on Anti trafficking in Thailand."
The launch also saw a special exhibition of a tapestry, 'The Mida Tapestry', sewn by sex workers that speaks of the experience of a 'police rescue' event at Mida Karaoke Bar.
Empower also premiered this short film "Last Rescue in Siam" (above) made by sex workers in Chiang Mai.
The 'Hit & Run' report is the result of 12 months of research by Empower's RATSW project, investigates human rights violations against sex workers carried out in the name of 'rescues' under the anti-trafficking laws.
The report is a forensic examination of the impact of the 'Thai Suppression of Human Trafficking Act BE 2551 (2008) and associated policies and practices, on the human rights of sex workers in Thailand. Importantly the report makes 10 recommendations for the Thai Government and also suggests actions for the entertainment industry.
You can view/download this 124 page PDF report (in English) below.