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Reaching out to sex workers

This article elaborates about the best ways to serve the reproductive health and other needs of sex workers. It argues that the human rights of sex workers are routinely violated and explains why projects with sex workers must go beyond public health orientated HIV prevention to include structural interventions that address human rights and law.

Recognize sex work as legitimate work

sex worker rights demonstration

An article by Reynaga, E. in the HIV/AIDS Policy Law Review, 2008 Dec;13(2-3):97-8. It is accompanied by a PowerPoint presentation of Elena Reynaga's plenary address at the International AIDS Conference.

Redefining Prostitution as Sex Work on the International Agenda

The report disputes the identification of prostitution as a human rights violation akin to slavery which informs the 1949 Convention on the Suppression of the Traffic in Persons and of the Exploitation of the Prostitution of Others. The research reveals that rather than facing conditions of slavery, most men and women working as prostitutes are subjected to abuses which are similar in nature to those experienced by others working in low status jobs in the informal sector.

Can a Prostitute be Raped? Sex Workers, Women and the Politics of Rape Law Reform

This paper examines the position of prostitutes (and of ex-prostitutes and women seen to behave ‘like prostitutes’) in reported rape trials in Britain, Australia and Canada over the last 150 years. It suggests sex workers suffer a high incidence of sexual assault and asserts that until recently, it was almost impossible for sex workers to seek justice for these crimes. Charges of rape made by sex workers were often not taken seriously by the police and courts.

A provisional framework for analyzing laws and policies that affect sex workers

A framework of sex work related laws by The Law & Policy Project at Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University.

Few systematic accounts of sex work related laws have ever been published perhaps because language, tools and resources for gathering relevant data have never been in place. This paper is an attempt to systematically list and categorise the laws that affect sex workers in different countries into a framework.

Streetwalkers show the way: reframing the global debate on trafficking from sex worker perspectives

An IDS Working Paper by Bandyopadhyay N. which documents action research from Durbar in India.

Violence against sex workers and HIV prevention.

An Information Bulletin, from WHO and the Global Coalition on Woman and AIDS, that explores the intersections between violence against sex workers and HIV prevention.

Caught Between the Tiger and the Crocodile: The Campaign to Suppress Human Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation in Cambodia

In 2008  Cheryl Overs of PLRI  supported Women's Network for Unity and the Asia Pacific Network of Sex Workers to respond to the introduction of the Law on Suppression of Human Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation. This article describes events in Cambodia at that time, including the abuses that ocurred in the  crackdown on the sex industry generated by the law.

Declaration of the rights of sex workers

This declaration was elaborated and endorsed by 120 sex workers and 80 allies from 30 countries at the European Conference on Sex Work, Human Rights, Labour and Migration in 2005 in Belgium.

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