Working with Women in Prostitution: A Critical Dimension of HIV prevention

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Source: 
Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE)
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Year: 
2003

An amendment to H.R. 1298, the United States Leadership Against HIV/AIDs, Tuberculosis, and Malaria Act, seeks to deny U.S. funding to organisations that do not have a policy explicitly opposing prostitution. The amendment, which was offered by representative Chris Smith of New Jersey and passed 24 to 22, reads:

"Page 47, after line 20, insert the following:
(f) LIMITATION. -- No funds made available to carry out this Act, or any amendment
made to this Act, may be used to provide assistance to any group or organisation that
does not have a policy explicitly opposing prostitution and sex trafficking."

What are the implications? If this amendment becomes law, it will deny funding to the most effective organisations working with women, children and men in prostitution.

You can download this 4 page PDF resource above. This resource is in English.