Chinese Government Detains Sex Worker Activist Calling for the Decriminalisation of Sex Work

On Monday August 2, 2010 police in Beijing detained Ye Haiyan, an activist with community based organisation the China Women's Rights Workshop, after she joined other sex workers in publicly petitioning for the Chinese government to decriminalise prostitution.

The Global Network of Sex Work Projects (NSWP) have released a statement in which they explain how they stand in solidarity with Ye Haiyan, human rights defenders, and sex workers who speak up against stigma, discrimination, and the criminalisation of their livelihoods.

Violence Against Chinese Female Sex Workers in Hong Kong: From Understanding to Prevention

Violence against sex workers is considered a global phenomenon. Despite this, very little is known about the patterns and nature of this form of violence. This article is concerned with violence against Chinese female sex workers in Hong Kong. Based on a systematic analysis of 75 police case files, it was found that violent attacks on sex workers display clear temporal and spatial patterns, and that perpetrators share certain characteristics.

Social Network and Other Correlates of HIV Testing: Findings from Male Sex Workers and Other MSM in Shanghai, China

An article in AIDS and Behaviour.

Although the Chinese government provides free-of-charge voluntary HIV counseling and testing, HIV testing rates among men who have sex with men (MSM) are reported to be extremely low. This study examines the association of structural and psychosocial factors and social network characteristics with HIV testing behaviorsamong “money boys” and general MSM in Shanghai.

Clients of Female Sex Workers: A Population-Based Survey of China

An article in the J Infect Dis. (2011) 204 (suppl 5): S1211-S1217.

The control of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STI) is a challenge in China, with female sex workers (FSW) and male clients suspected as bridge groups. This study used a 2006 national probability survey of 2,707 adult men. Among men 15–49 years old, the prevalence of FSW contacts last year was 4.2% (95% CI, 3.3–5.2) overall, with 7.2% (CI, 5.9–8.7) in urban and 1.8% (CI, 1.0–3.3) in rural areas.

Female Sex Worker Social Networks and STI/HIV Prevention in South China

Reducing harm associated with selling and purchasing sex is an important public health priority in China, yet there are few examples of sustainable, successful programs to promote sexual health among female sex workers. The limited civil society and scope of nongovernmental organizations circumscribe the local capacity of female sex workers to collectively organize, advocate for their rights, and implement STI/HIV prevention programs.

How likely are HIV-positive female sex workers in China to transmit HIV to others?

Female sex workers (FSW) are highly marginalised and HIV-positive FSW are under a double stigma. No study has assessed the likelihood of secondary transmission via HIV-positive FSW in China.

Prevalence of HIV and STIs and Associated Risk Factors Among Female Sex Workers in Guangdong Province, China

An article in the J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr Volume 53, Supplement 1, February 1, 2010.

Understanding the Dynamics of Condom Use Among Female Sex Workers in China

Article in Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Volume 36, Number 3, March 2009.

Sex work and HIV: China

This short UNAIDS factsheet explores HIV in relation to sex work in China. It provides information on:

  • The profile of the sex industry in China
  • Migration and displacement
  • The clients of sex workers
  • Sex work and the law
  • Stigma and discrimination
  • Violence
  • Drug use
  • HIV programming

Prevalence of HIV Infection and Predictors for Syphilis Infection among Female Sex Workers in Southern China


An article in the Southeast Asian J Trop Med Public Health, 2009 March; 40(2): 263–272.

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