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Only Rights can Stop the Wrongs: The Smart Person's Guide to HIV and Sex Work

Unfavourable laws, stigma, violence, and discrimination cause sex workers’ vulnerability to ill health, social exclusion and human rights violations. Sex workers face these to varying degrees in all cultures from Switzerland to Swaziland, Canada to Cambodia.

This guide, published by the International Network of Sex Work Projects, outlines their understanding of HIV and sex work and sets out their global agenda for change.

Assessment of the Human Rights Impact of Anti-Trafficking Policies

This is a report of a meeting to discuss a research tool specifically designed to  assess this issue by measuring the impact of Human Rights & Trafficking  programmes and policies.

Over the last few years the need for a human rights approach to trafficking in human beings has been increasingly recognised. Underlying this need are two concerns:

1.The lack of protection and assistance that current policies offer to trafficked persons, despite the fact that trafficking is generally recognised as a serious violation of human rights

Report of the Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health

This report considers the denial of sex workers’ enjoyment of the right to health that results from the criminalization of sex work and related practices (such as solicitation). Impacts on the right to health are discussed along with issues particular to sex work. Specifically, the failure of legal recognition of the sex-work sector results in infringements of the right to health, through the failure to provide safe working conditions, and a lack of recourse to legal remedies for occupational health issues.

Transgender Health Handbook

This booklet provides information transgender health (including hormones, HIV and STIs, human rights and social well being). 

This essential reading on the subject was developed by transgenders who have formed a new network in Asia and the Pacific. 


The Legalization of Prostitution: Myth and Reality a Comparative Study of Four Countries

During the course of almost any discussion on the subject of prostitution and trafficking in women, one or more of those involved argues that the solution is to legalize prostitution. Those who support this approach claim that legalization will enable criminal elements to be identified and removed from the sex industry; will protect women’s rights; and will prevent a public nuisance. It is also claimed that the state will benefit from the taxation of the sex industry.

Verdict on a Virus

Since we first heard of HIV over 25 years ago, we have learned much about prevention. Knowledge about HIV transmission and the role of key interventions to prevent HIV transmission from mother-to-child and harm reduction initiatives for people who use drugs have dramatically altered the prevention landscape.

However, a worrying trend has emerged from the shadows. The use of criminal statutes and criminal prosecutions against HIV transmission is an important human rights issue facing the world today.

Arrest the Violence: Human Rights Violations Against Sex Workers in 11 Countries in Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia

On December 17, to mark the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers, the Sex Workers' Rights Advocacy Network (SWAN) launched its groundbreaking report, Arrest the Violence: Human Rights Violations Against Sex Workers in 11 Countries in Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia. 

Violence and Exposure to HIV among sex workers in Phnom Penh

This study, conducted among a sample of 1,000 female and transgender sex workers in Phnom Penh identifies that half of those surveyed reported being beaten by police; about a third were gang-raped by police; slightly more than one-third were gang-raped by gangsters and about three-quarters were gang-raped by clients or men pretending to be clients. Most of these rapes occurred at gunpoint or with knives or other weapons.

Rights-Based Sex Worker Empowerment Guidelines : An Alternative to the 100% Condom Use Programme

In this publication CASAM argues for HIV programming targeting sex workers within the framework of a rights-based and justice-based sex worker empowerment model.

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