Sex workers are highly mobile populations, moving both within and accross national boundaries, as either documented or undocumented labour. However, labour laws rarely, if ever, offer protection and benefits to local or migrant sex workers. Migration and mobility factors that can significantly increase the vulnerability of sex workers to HIV and sexually transmitted infections, in large part due to their undocumented status including lack of work permits, poor working conditions in some cases, lack of access to health care, occupational health and safety standards, and other forms of labour protection.
The paper outlines priority issues that need to be addressed, including:
- Universal health care for ALL migrant workers (including continuity of care)
- Removal of mandatory testing, detention and deportation
- Recognise sex work is work; sex workers are workers including migrant sex workers
The paper also identifies the immediate and long terms actions required.
This paper is one in a series of 4 thematic discussion papers developed in preparation for the 1st Asia and the Pacific Regional Consultation on HIV and Sex Work, 12-15 October 2010, in Pattaya, Thailand.
This resource is in English. You can download this 5 page .pdf file above.