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Operation Northern Spotlight Targets Sex Workers in Canada

From 11-15 October, hundreds of Canadian sex workers in nine provinces were subjected to a fifth and final round of sting operations under the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) initiative "Operation Northern Spotlight." These sting operations involve police officers booking fake appointments with sex workers to gain access to their work spaces. 

Open Letter to Prime Minister from Empower Foundation

The following is a letter was written by NSWP member EMPOWER Foundation Thailand to the Prime Minister of Thailand following the human rights abuses faced by sex workers during an anti-trafficking operation that resulted in the raid of Nataree Massage in Bangjoj by the Department of Provincial Administration. A total of 121 sex workers were apprehended in the raid.

El Coste Humano de "Machacar" el Mercado Resumen Ejecutivo

Amnistía Internacional ha publicado El Coste Humano de "Machacas" El Mercado: La Penalizcion del Trabajo Sexual en Noruega Resumen Ejecutivo para acompañar a su Sobre la Obligacion del Estado de Respectar, Proteger, y Realizar Los Derechos Humanos de las Personas Dedicadas l Trabajo Sexual. Su investigación demuestra que los abusos de derechos humanos contra los profesionales del sexo en Noruega están directamente relacionados con la penalización de los clientes y terceros en Noruega. Amnistía Internacional también encontró tha profesionales del sexo fueron penalizados y de delito en el "modelo nórdico". El Resaerch es el resultado de tres semanas de entrevistas con 54 profesionales del sexo en Noruega, así como la investigación documental.

'Briser' le Marché: À Quel Coût Humain Synthèse

Amnesty International a publié leurs recherches "Briser" le Marché: À Quel Coût Humain? La Criminalisation du Travail du Sexe en Norvège Synthèse pour accompagner leur politque Relative à l'Obligation des États de Respecter, Protéger, et Mettre en Oevres les Droits Humains des Travailleuse et Travailleur du Sexe. Leur recherche démontre que les violations des droits contre les travailleurSEs du sexe en Norvège sont directement liés à la criminalisation des clients et des tiers personnes en Norvège. Amnesty International a également constaté tha les travailleurSEs du sexe eux-mêmes ont été pénalisés et criminalisés sous le «modèle nordique». Le Resaerch est le résultat de trois semaines d'entretiens avec 54 travailleurs du sexe en Norvège, ainsi que la recherche documentaire.

The Human Cost of 'Crushing' the Market Summary

Amnesty International has published their research The Human Cost of 'Crushing the Market: Criminalization of Sex Work in Norway Executive Summary to accompany their Policy on State Obligatoins to Respect, Protect, and Fulfil the Human Rights of Sex Workers. Their research demonstrates that human rights abuses against sex workers in Norway are directly related to the criminalisation of clients and third parties in Norway.

The Human Cost of 'Crushing' the Market

Amnesty International has published their research The Human Cost of 'Crushing the Market: Criminalization of Sex Work in Norway to accompany their Policy on State Obligatoins to Respect, Protect, and Fulfil the Human Rights of Sex Workers. Their research demonstrates that human rights abuses against sex workers in Norway are directly related to the criminalisation of clients and third parties in Norway. Amnesty International also found tha sex workers themselves were penalised and criminalised under the "Nordic Model". The resaerch is the result of three weeks of interviews with 54 sex workers in Norway as well as desk research. 

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.

Another Red-Light Area Closes in Indonesia

On the 29th of February 2016, five thousand police, army and local security were sent with bulldozers to demolish the area known as Kalijodo in Jakarta.

Kalijodo was known as one of the city’s oldest red-light districts. There were over three thousand residents evicted prior to demolition. There were over 300 sex workers working in Kalijodo, and almost half of the residents also worked in the area.

Raids and Brothel Closures in Indonesia

The closing, and reopening, of brothels and red light districts in Indonesia has been happening for many years. Several brothel areas were closed in high profile operations across the country in 2015. A closure in Papua was attended by the national Minister for Social Affairs as she launched a “national anti-prostitution movement.”