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The Economics of the Commercial Sex Industry

A report by Ahlburg, D and Jensen, E. Commercial sex is a service and the non-price determinants of the demand for commercial sex are the same as for other commodities or services: the number of potential consumers, their preferences and incomes, the prices of other commodities and services, and perhaps their expectations of future prices and income. Since males, particularly single or divorced males, are the main demanders of commercial sex, an increase in their numbers can increase the demand for commercial sex.

Publication from SANGRAM. Who stole the tarts? Sex work and human rights

This monograph is published by Sampada Gramin Mahila Sanstha (SANGRAM) and written by Sandhya Rao and Cath Sluggett. It draws its title, and all the chapter headings, from Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. The authors argue that the farcical fantasy of Alice’s adventures in the mythical Wonderland seems an apt reference to the unfamiliarity of the terrain that they have had to navigate when attempting to assess the ways in which the human rights framework has succeeded and where it has failed for sex workers in India.

Exploring HIV Risk among MSM in Kigali, Rwanda

The study was led by the National AIDS Control Commission (CNLS) of Rwanda, with technical assistance from MEASURE Evaluation. It presents findings from a behavioral surveillance study (BSS) of men who have sex with men (MSM) in Kigali carried out in 2008-2009. The aim of this study was to describe the population of MSM in Kigali and explore the nature of sexual activity between MSM.

Sex Work, Violence and HIV: A Guide for Programmes with Sex Workers

This programming guide, by Matt Greenall for the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, is primarily for organisations implementing HIV/AIDS projects with sex workers and for organisations providing funding and technical support to these projects. It aims to help organisations understand and assess the importance of taking violence into account, and to help design and carry out activities to prevent and deal with violence against sex workers. (summary taken from the report)

Realising Sexual Rights

A meeting report from the IDS Sexuality and Development Programme.

Rethinking sexuality and policy

An ID21 Insights edited by Susie Jolly.

What do sexuality and policy have to do with each other? Is not sexuality personal, private, and more to do with your body than your politics? Of course on one level it is. However, if we consider our sexual relations in a little more depth, we discover that the terms for them are set by policies and politics, including social norms and gender dynamics, national policies and international relations.

Doing it together: sex workers and researchers

An article by Pyett, P in Research for Sex Work, 1998, 1:11-13.

One of the ethical guidelines for sex work research is involving sex workers in all aspects of the research process. Priscilla Pyett of La Trobe University, Australia, describes such a collaborative research programme. (adapted from author)

Ethical Dilemmas in Sex Work Research

An article by Wahab, S. and Sloan, L in Research for Sex Work June 2004: 3-4.

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