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PLRI Media Release: International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers

On International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers the PLRI are circulating a media release to launch their new website and stress the need for evidence based policy making to tackle violence and abuse.

Impoverished women without ID turn to prostitution in Sri Lanka

An article by Anuradha Gunarathne on the Global Press Institute website.

COLOMBO, SRI LANKA – Marry, a Sri Lankan woman who guesses she is in her 40s, is a prostitute in Colombo, Sri Lanka’s capital.

Sexual minorities: Identity number makes them unique target

There is very little information about the role of Identity Documents in how sex workers access health services and the protection of their human rights. This article from India addresses this important issue.

SANGRAM on USAID Website

After all the drama of the US government accusing PLRI and NSWP partner SANGRAM of being traffickers because they returned US money rather than sign its anti prostitution pledge, SANGRAM triumphs! A SANGRAM case study has been posted on USAID's AIDSTAR-One website. 

Indonesia Jails Sex Workers for Month of Ramadan

Sex workers and the police in Indonesia

Sex workers being 'netted' by East Jakarta Satpol PP officers on Friday (5 August 2011). After a fight they were taken to a detention centre called Ceger Social Institution, Cipayung. “Based on the governor’s instruction, those who caught will not be freed until Eid ul Fitr.”

South Korean Sex Worker Protests

Korean sex wokrers protest against a law against trafficking and sexual exploitation that has taken away the incomes and dignity of these women -  not a law against prostitution.

News story in the Globe News, 17 May 2011.

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) – Hundreds of prostitutes and pimps rallied Tuesday near a red-light district in Seoul to protest a police crackdown on brothels, with some unsuccessfully attempting to set themselves on fire.

HIV Treatment reduces transmission by 96%

Woman offering HIV treatment

The news that people living wtih HIV who are on antiretoviral therapy will have a huge effect on HIV programming for sex workers. It  suggests that ARV therapy rather than condom promotion may account for the huge reduction in HIV transmissions during commercial sex over recent years.  It also raises the question of whether voluntary testing should be replaced by routine testing. What it definitely raises is the importance of free access to ARVs, nutrition and adherence support for all. 

70 per cent women enter flesh trade voluntarily: study

An article in the Indian Express by Shruti Nambiar on the 3 May 2011.

Pune: Seventy per cent of women sex workers are not pushed or forced into flesh trade but are drawn to it by the lure of higher income, according to the preliminary result of a survey released by women’s group Akshara.

The preliminary results of the first leg of a pan-India study being conducted by two University of Pune researchers was released on April 30.

Majority of female sex workers join the trade voluntarily-survey says

A news story in the Health(Y) Destination on May 1 2011.

A recent survey conducted at Pune reveals that 70 percent of the female sex workers join the trade voluntarily and they were not forced or sold.

Most of the sex workers join the trade only in their later age after relieved from other labour such as domestic work and construction of building work. It is revealed that the sex work is also felt by them as that of the other labour work.

The findings were revealed by a survey conducted by ‘First pan-India survey of sex workers’ at Pune University.

Better livelihood prospect drives poor Indian women to prostitution

An article by Subir Ghosh in Digital World published on the 1 May 2011.

New Delhi, India. Four out of five female sex workers in India have joined the profession voluntarily; they were not forced or sold into it. Prostitution is just one among several livelihood options available to women from poor backgrounds, says a new survey.

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