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National March Against Violence "Ni Una Menos"

Thousands of women, including sex workers protested violence (physical, sexual, and psychological) that women face in Peru on the 13 of August. There was a national march in 24 difference cities across  the country. Sex worker-led organisations such as "Mujeres del Sur" of Arequipa, " Movimiento de trabajadoras sexuales de Peru", "Miluska Vida y Dignidad", "Angel Azul" and "Cambio y Accion", and “PLAPERTS” participated in the march. They chanted in one voice, “Ni una mujer menos víctima  de violencia” “Ni una trabajadora sexual menos.”

SWIT Training in Cancun, Mexico

From the 1 - 5 of August a regional training on the Sex Worker Implementation Tool took place for sex workers in the city of Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico. The training occurred at the hotel Dos Playas and included representatives of sex worker-led organisations in Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Mexico.

A Coalition of Sex Work Organisations in Quito, Ecuador Resist Displacement from the City

Quito has many organisations of sex workers, including "Por un Futuro Mejor" association with 280 members, "Esperanza Futuro" with more than 60 members, and "1° de Mayo" with more than 60 partners. In April they created a coalition to engage in dialogue with national and municipal authorities. The municipality has proposed to displace sex workers outside of the city, including the Cantera brothel in the historic district of Quito. The municipality would like to move sex workers from outdoor and visible locations into indoor and private locations.

El Coste Humano de Penalizar el Trabajo Sexual en la Ciudad de Buenos Aires, Argentina Resumen

Amnistía Internacional ha publicado su investigación titulada "Lo Que Hago no es un Delito": El costo humano de criminalizar el trabajo sexual en la ciudad de Buenos Aires, Argentina Resumen Ejecutivo para acompañar a su publicado Sobre la Obligacion del Estado de Respectar, Proteger, y Realizar Los Derechos Humanos de las Personas Dedicadas l Trabajo Sexual. A pesar de que el trabajo sexual no es un delito en la Argentina, los trabajadores sexuales, clientes y terceros son penalizados por las leyes de comunicación y las leyes contra la trata. Su reseach muestra que la existencia y el cumplimiento del marco jurídico penal en torno al trabajo sexual en Buenos Aires ha dado lugar a violaciones de los derechos humanos y las violaciónes contra los profesionales del sexo por la policía, los funcionarios estatales y proveedores de servicios médicos.

Human Cost of Criminalizing Sex Work in Buenos Aires, Argentina Summary

Amnesty International has published their research entitled "What I'm Doing is not a Crime": The Human Cost of Criminalizing Sex Work in the city of Buenos Aires Executive Summary, Argentina to accompany their Policy on State Obligations to Respect, Protect, and Fulfil the Human Rights of Sex Workers. Although sex work is not a crime in Argentina, sex workers, clients, and third parties are penalised through communication laws and anti-trafficking laws.

Human Cost of Criminalizing Sex Work in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Amnesty International has published their research entitled "What I'm Doing is not a Crime": The Human Cost of Criminalizing Sex Work in the city of Buenos Aires, Argentina to accompany their Policy on State Obligations to Respect, Protect, and Fulfil the Human Rights of Sex Workers. Although sex work is not a crime in Argentina, sex workers, clients, and third parties are penalised through communication laws and anti-trafficking laws.

Sex Workers in Ecuador Protest Working Hours

On the 26th of May, 2016 in Machala, Ecuador a meeting took place with the Governor, local authorities, brothel owners, leaders of the Asociación 22 de Junio, Flor de Azalea, PLAPERTS Ecuador and 80 female sex workers. There was a protest to reject the new schedule for the tolerance zones for sex work. The proposed schedule would only allow for sex work to occur from Monday to Saturday from 11:00 to 20:00.