Former President of Botswana, Festus Mogae, hit the headlines this week when he spoke out in favour of the decriminalisation of sex work.
News Archive: October 2011
The Durbar Mahila Samanwaya Committee is a collective of 65000 female, male and transgender sex workers in West Bengal, India. Their most recent Bulletin (No 7.) includes an update of support received for their demands to amend various clauses of the ITPA legislation (Immoral Traffic Act) as well as an outline of Durbar's role in preventing trafficking.
NSWP Board member Thierry Schaffauser will address the Oxford University LGBTQ Society on his 'life as a capmaigning porn star and sex worker'.
Elena Jeffreys, President of Scarlett Alliance, was interviewed recently regarding a new law due to be put before the Victoria State parliament which would give police oversight of legal brothels.
An article by Bambang Muryanto and Yemris Fointuna in The Jakarta Post describes a demonstration in Yogyakarta which aimed to improve the government response to HIV and reject the closing of the red light district and the use of bylaws to discriminate against sex workers.
“The government must be more serious in familiarizing and providing education on HIV/AIDS to migrant workers,” executive director of the Institute for Migrant Workers (IWORK), Y. Budi Wibawa told The Jakarta Post on the sidelines of the meeting.
Quoting data from the Care for Migrant Workers Association, Wibawa said that last year 50 migrant workers working in Malaysia were infected by the deadly disease. This year, 12 were infected.
“Of the 50, only one is still alive,” he said.
The St James Infirmary (SJI) in San Francisco is running a poster campaign with the tag line of Someone you know is a sex worker. The campaign is their first major media campaign featuring local sex workers to raise public awareness about sex workers rights. The campaign is based on a number of photographs of sex workers with different slogans.
An article in the Taipei Times by Loa Lok-sin explains how The Collective of Sex Workers and Supporters (COSWAS) have been demonstrating against the criminalization of the sex industry in Taiwan.
The Global Commission on HIV and the Law held a High Income Countries Dialogue in Oakland California on September 16th & 17th. Over 50 representatives from civil society from high income countries came to discuss the intersections of HIV and the law and it’s impact in their countries. Sex worker rights advocates from 10 countries drafted a 10 point Declaration.
The second edition of the pioneering London Sex Worker Open University will happen at The Arcola Theatre (24 Ashwin Street, Dalston, London E8 3DL) in East London 12-16 October, bringing together sex workers and allies from around the world to learn new skills, socialise and empower themselves, whilst exploring the diversity and contradictions of the sex industry.