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Police Scotland Dropped Brothel-Keeping Charges in Edinburgh

In the 1980s, in response to rising HIV infections, Edinburgh City Council developed a licensed brothel system giving “saunas” public entertainment licenses knowing that sex was being sold on the premises. The local police force, Lothian and Borders Police, supported this system and would perform annual inspections on the saunas and support the renewal of their licenses.

Cambodian Sex Workers Arrested and Detained during “Street Sweeps”

Fourteen sex workers were arrested on the 24th of January in Cambodia, and taken to the infamous ‘rehabilitation’ centre known locally as Prey Speu.

This makes a total of 289 sex workers arrested in the last 13 months, according to the Cambodian sex workers’ union Women’s Network for Unity (WNU). These are only the cases WNU have been able to document. “Many others have been routinely arrested that we can’t capture in our outreach and program activities”, says WNUs’ Managing Director Samara Shehata.

ПРОВАЛ ПРАВОСУДИЯ: насилие над секс-работниками со стороны государства и частных лиц

Сеть СВАН представляет "ПРОВАЛ ПРАВОСУДИЯ: насилие над секс-работниками со стороны государства и частных лиц - в поисках правосудия и безопасности" - исследовательский проект СВАН в Центральной и Восточной Европе и Центральной Азии, реализованный силами сообщества.

Failures of Justice: State and Non-State Violence Against Sex Workers

This community-based research by the Sex Workers' Rights Advocacy Network (SWAN) is about sex workers’ experiences of state and non-state violence, and hindered attempts to access justice in Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia. The study was undertaken in sixteen countries of our region, with local research teams comprised of sex workers and allies joining efforts. It provides an insight on how stigma and the criminalization of sex work enables daily violence and repression that sex workers face from police and non-state actors. This entails barriers to accessing legal aid and justice, as well as harm reduction, health or social services.

NYC Council Members Introduce a Comprehensive Resolution Concerning the Use of Condoms as Evidence

Earlier this month, when the New York Police Department announced that they would end its practice of treating condoms as 'evidence of prostitution' in some, but not all, cases, the Access to Condoms Coalition-- whose executive committee includes NSWP members Red Umbrella Project and Sex Workers Outreach Project – NYC-- sta