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HIV in Pakistan: Preventing a future epidemic in most-at-risk groups

A research brief from the Programme for Research and Capacity Building in Sexual and Reproductive Health and HIV in Developing Countries. This brief accompanies a special issue of Sexually Transmitted Infections.

Their research found:

From Client to Pimp: Male Violence Against Female Sex Workers

Article by Karandikar S and Próspero M in the Journal of Interpersonal Violence, Vol. 25, No. 2, 257-273 (2010). The study explores intimate partner violence (IPV) among female sex workers from the red-light area based in Mumbai, India. Using a grounded theory approach, in-depth interviews were conducted with ten sex workers to explore their experiences of IPV in the context of commercial sex work. Narratives were analyzed and themes constructed.

Political feasibility of scaling-up five evidence-informed HIV interventions in Pakistan: a policy analysis

An article by Buse K, Lalji N, Mayhew SH, Imran M and Hawkes SJ in Sex Transm Infect 2009;85 ii37-ii42.

Background: Drawing on policy theories, an assessment was made of the perceived political feasibility of scaling-up five evidence-based interventions to curb Pakistan’s HIV epidemic: needle and syringe exchange programmes; targeted behaviour change communication; sexual health care for male and transgender sex workers; sexual and reproductive health care for female sex workers; and promoting and protecting the rights of those at greatest risk.

Protecting the unprotected: mixed-method research on drug use, sex work and rights in Pakistan's fight against HIV/AIDS

An article by Mayhew S, Collumbien M, Qureshi A, Platt L, Rafiq N, Faisel A, Lalji N and Hawkes S in Sex Transm Infect 2009;85 ii31-ii36.

Objectives: To investigate the nature and extent of human rights abuses against three vulnerable groups (injecting drug users (IDUs) and male and female sex workers), to understand the social and sexual linkages between them and to examine how protecting their rights could enhance the impact of HIV prevention policies.

STIs and HIV in Pakistan: from analysis to action

An article by Zaheer HA, Hawkes S, Buse K and O’Dwyer M in Sexually Transmitted Infections 2009;85 ii1-ii2.

A group of researchers and practitioners sought to understand the drivers of sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV, in Pakistan. The results of the research suggest three central messages:

Sex Workers Rights in Macedonia: You Must Know About Me

 A short film produced by the Healthy Options Projects Skopje (HOPS) who partnered with WITNESS as part of a campaign to end violence, marginalisation, and criminalisation of sex workers. This film is hosted on the Hub.

In Macedonia, as throughout the world, sex workers are pushed to the margins of society by a combination of prejudice, discrimination, and violence. Yet, the fact that a person sells sexual services cannot be used as justification for the denial of their fundamental rights, to which all human beings are entitled.

PLRI website launched on International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers

ICRSE logo for the International Day to End Violence Against Sex WorkersWelcome to the website of the Paulo Longo Research Initiative. We are launching the site on December 17, the Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers in support of sex worker organisations in dozens of countries who are demanding action to stop violence.

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.

The Crusade Against Sex Trafficking

This news story, by Noy Thrupkaew in The Nation, explores approaches to combatting trafficking with particular reference to the work of the International Justice Mission.

Respecting sex work

A news story from the Afrol News website.

Mozambique's deputy Minister of Women's Affairs and Social Welfare has called for the urgent establishment of legislation that would lead to the respect of the fundamental rights of sex workers. He said the legislation would help in advancing issues like the right to health, to dignity, protection against violence and other forms of abuse, and respect for the women's choice of profession, regardless of their motives for becoming sex workers. (adapted from author)

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