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PLRI links to Global News About Sex Work

 This is a selection of some of the links to information about sex work published in the last months of 2010 by PLRI. To keep up with news about sex work, human rights and law around the world follow PLRI on Twitter. twitter.com/PLRI  
 

Papua New Guinea considers sex work law reform

The minister for Community Development, Dame Carol Kidu, has asked the Law Review Commission to review the sex laws, with a possibility of prostitution and homosexuality being legalised.

The director of the Aids Council Secretariat, Wep Kanawi, says the current laws are archaic and stop sex workers from getting help.

PNG Cabinet endorses review on country’s sex laws

The Papua New Guinea (PNG) Cabinet has endorsed a review on existing laws governing prostitution and unnatural sex offences to be undertaken by the Constitutional and Law Reform Commission (CLRC). The policy submission, from Community Development Minister Dame Carol Kidu, went before the National Executive Council on 01 June.
 

HIV and Sex Work in Pakistan

This UNAIDS factsheet explains more about the epidemic in Pakistan.

HIV and Sex Work in Indonesia

This UNAIDS publication explores the epidemic in Indonesia.

Although the prevalence of HIV in the general population is low (0.2%) and is mainly concentrated among injecting drug users (IDUs) in Jakarta, West Java and Bali, the epidemic has now spread to other key populations at higher risk such as non‐injecting partners of IDUs, sex workers and their clients.

HIV and Sex Work in Myanmar

Myanmar has one of the largest HIV epidemics in Asia. The first case of HIV was detected in 1988 while the first AIDS case was reported in 1991. HIV prevalence among the general population reached its peak at 0.94% in the year 2000 and was estimated to be 0.61% in 2009. The estimated number of adults and children living with HIV in 2009 was 238,000 (with a range of 160,000 to 320,000).

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.

HIV and Sex Work in Cambodia

Cambodia is internationally recognized for having successfully reduced its HIV prevalence among the general population from about 3% in 1997 to 0.7% in 2009. Sex work played a significant role in the spread of the HIV epidemic during the nineties. Since 1999, HIV prevalence has declined among direct and indirect sex workers, although levels remain high. The 100% condom use promotion strategy has been credited for having played a major role in the decline of HIV.

"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.'

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