Verdict on a Virus

Since we first heard of HIV over 25 years ago, we have learned much about prevention. Knowledge about HIV transmission and the role of key interventions to prevent HIV transmission from mother-to-child and harm reduction initiatives for people who use drugs have dramatically altered the prevention landscape.

However, a worrying trend has emerged from the shadows. The use of criminal statutes and criminal prosecutions against HIV transmission is an important human rights issue facing the world today.

100 Countries and Their Prostitution Policies

This page details 100 countries' policies on prostitution, brothel ownership and pimping. Countries were chosen in order to be inclusive of major religions, geographical regions, and policies towards prostitution.

Fiji: Law Enforcement Approach to Sex Work Falls Short

In announcing changes in laws on sex work, Fiji's Attorney General and Justice Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum had said in January, "As the laws stand now, it is only the prostitute that gets charged but the person procuring those services does not (so) the males get away while the females get locked up." 

Botswana makes positive moves towards LGBTI and Sexworkers

Amidst the awful news from Malawi [about gay men being jailed for 14 years] a small light of positiveness from Botswana as the government makes an unprecedented move to meet with activists from the LGBTI movement and sexworkers which might lead to the “offical acceptance of the e

A New Website From South Africa is a new website from the Cape Town based NGO the Sex Workers Education and Advocacy Task force (SWEAT) and includes information generated by the Sisonke Sex Workers Network.  It focuses on the human rights of sex workers and the legal debates around sex work.  

Arrest the Violence: Human Rights Violations Against Sex Workers in 11 Countries in Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia

On December 17, to mark the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers, the Sex Workers' Rights Advocacy Network (SWAN) launched its groundbreaking report, Arrest the Violence: Human Rights Violations Against Sex Workers in 11 Countries in Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia. 

Independent Commission on AIDS and the Law

Sex workers support Ban Ki Moon

“I urge all countries to remove punitive laws, policies and practices that hamper the AIDS response… Successful AIDS responses do not punish people; they protect them…We must ensure that AIDS responses are based on evidence, not ideology, and reach those most in need and most affected.”
Ban Ki Moon

Rights of vulnerable people and the future of HIV/AIDS

An article in the Lancet Infectious Diseases, Volume 10, Issue 2, Page 67, February 2010.

Crossing boundaries: Bangladeshi sex workers in Calcutta

An article by Malini Sur of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Amsterdam published in the IIAS Newsletter.

RIGHTS-BURMA: For Sex Workers, A Life of Risks

A news story by Mon Mon Myat on the website which explores the situation of older sex workers in Burma.

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