Redefining Prostitution as Sex Work on the International Agenda

The report disputes the identification of prostitution as a human rights violation akin to slavery which informs the 1949 Convention on the Suppression of the Traffic in Persons and of the Exploitation of the Prostitution of Others. The research reveals that rather than facing conditions of slavery, most men and women working as prostitutes are subjected to abuses which are similar in nature to those experienced by others working in low status jobs in the informal sector.

Can a Prostitute be Raped? Sex Workers, Women and the Politics of Rape Law Reform

This paper examines the position of prostitutes (and of ex-prostitutes and women seen to behave ‘like prostitutes’) in reported rape trials in Britain, Australia and Canada over the last 150 years. It suggests sex workers suffer a high incidence of sexual assault and asserts that until recently, it was almost impossible for sex workers to seek justice for these crimes. Charges of rape made by sex workers were often not taken seriously by the police and courts.

A provisional framework for analyzing laws and policies that affect sex workers

A framework of sex work related laws by The Law & Policy Project at Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University.

Few systematic accounts of sex work related laws have ever been published perhaps because language, tools and resources for gathering relevant data have never been in place. This paper is an attempt to systematically list and categorise the laws that affect sex workers in different countries into a framework.

Can sex workers regulate police? Learning from an HIV prevention project for sex workers in southern India

An article by Biradavolu, M. Burris, S. and George, A. in Social Science and Medicine, Apr;68(8):1541-7. Interventions that mobilize sex workers to seek changes in laws and law enforcement practices have been prominent in India and have received considerable scholarly attention. Although it is acknowledged that policing practices can exacerbate HIV risk, there are few studies on the strategies sex worker advocates use to modify police behaviour or the struggles they face in challenging state institutions.

Sex work and the law

This paper was presented by Harcourt C., Egger S. and Donovan B. to the Australasian Political Studies Association Conference University of Tasmania, Hobart, October 2003.

Case history, transgender migrant sex worker, Kyrgyz Republic

A case study presented by Gulnara Kurmanova at the 24th Program Coordinating Board (UNAIDS) Meeting, Thematic Segment People on the Move, June 2009.

Declaration of the rights of sex workers

This declaration was elaborated and endorsed by 120 sex workers and 80 allies from 30 countries at the European Conference on Sex Work, Human Rights, Labour and Migration in 2005 in Belgium.

World AIDS Day theme launched

The theme of this year's World AIDS Day is 'Universal Access and Human Rights'. According to a press release by the World AIDS Campaign the theme has been chosen to address the critical need to protect human rights and attain access for all to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support. It also acts as a call to countries to remove laws that discriminate against people living with HIV, women and marginalized groups.

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