human rights

HIV and Sex Work in Thailand

This factsheet from UNAIDS provides informationon the epidemic in Thailand. Beginning in the late 1980s, the HIV epidemic increased rapidly in Thailand, particularly in the upper Northern region. In 1990‐91, soon after it was observed that the HIV epidemic was spreading among injecting drug users and sex workers, the government acted decisively, launching a nationwide campaign to reduce HIV transmission.

HIV and Law in China

The Chinese government uses the traditional strategy of implementing strict laws regarding sex work with the intention of preventing risk behaviours.

"What countries have legal prostitution?"

This is a list of countries laws on sex work. Some entries are not accurate and terms are not used consistently but it is a useful 'rough guide.'

Consultation on HIV/AIDS and the 2010 World Cup

A report by a South African NGO  that shows how wrong the predications about commercial sex in South Africa during the world Cup were. The question is will it prevent disinformation and hysteria surrounding sporting events in future.

No Excuses: A Living Experience of the Struggle for Rights

PLRI partner Meena Seshu gave the prestigious Jonathan Mann Memorial Lecture at the 2010 International AIDS Conference.

Meena reflects on the approach that her organisation SANGRAM has used to support the work of VAMP the collective of women in sex work.

She introduces SANGRAM’s Bill of Rights which sets out guidelines for programming interventions around HIV and AIDS:

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.

Sex work recognised as a legal occupation in Bangladesh

This is a story by Anbarasan Ethirajan which was featured on the BBC News website on the 17 August 2010.

A focus on sex workers

A blog by Aziza Ahmed on the Open Democracy website in which the author reflects on Meena Seshu's plenary presentation at the International AIDS Conference and human rights, sex work and HIV more broadly.

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