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Making Sex Work Safe in Asia-Pasifika: Recommendations

Making Sex Work Safe in Asia-Pasifika
Langkawe, October 2002


  1. Local sex worker groups be involved in implementing the resource MSWS-A.P
  2. That sex workers run their own groups and projects
  3. To support the involvement and empowerment of more HIV+ sex workers in APNSW and local groups
  4. The APNSW needs to receive support (including funding) for it to grow and fulfil the needs of sex workers in the region.

Sexuality and Development: Brazilian National Response to HIV/AIDS amongst Sex Workers

The report Sexuality and Development: Brazilian National Response to HIV/AIDS amongst Sex Workers presents the main findings of a case study conducted during 2008-2009 by The Brazilian Interdisciplinary AIDS Association (ABIA), which is one component of a global research initiative sponsored by the Institute for Development Studies (IDS) “Sexuality and Development” Program.

UNAIDS Advisory Group on HIV and Sex Work – Terms of Reference revised 2010

These terms of reference, developed jointly by representatives of the Global Working Group on HIV and Sex Work Policy and United Nations system, seek to enhance consultation on HIV and sex work between UNAIDS and sex workers.

Grupo Asesor del ONUSIDA sobre el VIH y el Trabajo Sexual - Términos de Referencia revisados 2010 Spanish

Estos términos de referencia, desarrollado conjuntamente por los representantes del Grupo de Trabajo Mundial sobre el VIH y la Política de Trabajo Sexual y el sistema de las Naciones Unidas, encaminados a mejorar las consultas sobre el VIH y el trabajo sexual entre el ONUSIDA y los trabajadores sexuales.

Travailler A Moindre Risque

Ceci est une brochure sur la sécurité au travail fait pour les travailleurs du sexe par les travailleurs et les organisations de sexe cinq pays de l'UE. La brochure est disponible en bulgare, anglais, français, polonais, portugais et espagnol. La brochure vise les travailleurs du sexe travaillant dans les hôtels, appartements, maisons closes, clubs, bars, salons de massage, saunas, sex shops, et autres lieux intérieurs. Le dépliant est le résultat de nos expériences locales. Il présente des conseils et des conseils relatifs à la sécurité au travail, et des informations sur la législation du travail du sexe en Bulgarie, France, Allemagne, Italie et Portugal.
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"Who is Helsinki?" Sex workers advise improving communication for good participatory practice in clinical trials

After premature closures in 2004 of biomedical human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) prevention trials involving sex workers in Africa and Asia, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and Global Advocacy for HIV Prevention (AVAC) undertook consultations to establish better participatory guidelines for such trials in order to address ethical concerns. This study investigated sex workers’ knowledge and beliefs about research ethics and good participatory practices (GPP) and the perspectives of sex workers on research participation. A 33-question survey based on criteria identified by UNAIDS and AVAC was translated into three other languages.

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Behind Closed Doors

This report focuses on indoor sex work primarily because, while these sex workers are largely invisible, they face many of the same problems as the more visible street-based prostitutes. The stereotypes of indoor sex workers encompass only extremes of either wealth and glamour or coercion and violence. The true picture reveals a more nuanced reality—the majority of indoor sex workers in this study live surprisingly precarious lives, and encounter a high level of exactly the same problems faced by street-based sex workers, including violence, constant fear of police interference, and a lack of substantive support services. Finding concrete and reality-based solutions to the needs of this invisible, vulnerable, and marginalised community is imperative to helping them create safe and stable lives.

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Research Governance Framework For Health and Social Care

The Government is committed to enhancing the contribution of research to health and social care, and to the partnership between services and science. Research is essential to the successful promotion and protection of health and well-being and to modern and effective health and social care services. At the same time, research can involve an element of risk, both in terms of return on investment and sometimes for the safety and well-being of the research participants. Proper governance of research is therefore essential to ensure that the public can have confidence in, and benefit from, quality research in health and social care. The public has a right to expect high scientific, ethical and financial standards, transparent decision-making processes, clear allocation of responsibilities and robust monitoring arrangements.

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