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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.

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.

Update from Rwanda on proposed law reform

By Matthew Greenall, independent consultant

According to reports, the new penal code currently being considered by Rwanda's Senate includes a provision to criminalise sex work.  The existing penal code, which dates from the 1970s, gives judicial authorities the option of placing restrictions on the movement of sex workers, and contains a number of provisions against facilitating or promoting sex work, running sex work establishments and living off the earnings of prostitution.  The proposed new article would introduce jail terms and fines for sex workers themselves. 

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

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

How Ideology Trumped Science: Why PEPFAR Has Failed to Meet its Potential

A report by Evertz S H sponsored by the Council for Global Equality. Evertz was the director of the Office of National AIDS Policy during U.S. President George W. Bush's first term.

A right to be: A film about sex work in the Caribbean

A film from the Caribbean Treatment Action Group and the Caribbean Vulnerable Communities Coalition about the problems faced by sex workers in the Caribbean. There is a focus on migrant workers, HIV, abuse from the state, stigma and discrimination from the community and efforts to overcome them.

Donor Dialogue: Donor Collaboration to Advance the Human Rights of Sex Workers

A meeting report from the 'Donor Dialogue: Donor Collaboration to Advance the Human Rights of Sex Workers', 11-12 November 2009, Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The meeting was co-organised by Mama Cash and the Open Society Institute’s Sexual Health and Rights Project (SHARP), in collaboration with AIDS Fonds, American Jewish World Service, Global Fund for Women, HIVOS, and the Oak Foundation.

Sex Workers should not be criminalized

This newsletter from Community Socio Economic Development Initiatives (CSDI) covers the proceedings of a meeting held on the 22nd and 23rd of February 2010. The meeting brought together Rwandan civil society organisations working on HIV & AIDS, health promotion and human rights and was lead by the Rwanda NGO Forum on AIDS Health Promotion and Fact Rwanda. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the provision in the draft penal code that would criminalize sex work. This legal provision, article 225, would sentence sex workers to 3 years in jail and a fine of 50.000 to 500.000 RWF.

Trying to give sex workers safer alternatives

A news story on PlusNews that explores plans to offer sex workers loans in return for exiting sex work. It explores the debate about rights vs rehabilitation with reference to the OSI report 'Rights not Rescue', research by SWEAT and interventions run by the Reproductive Health & HIV Research Unit (RHRU) of the University of Witwatersrand, in Johannesburg .

Beyond the red light

This news story by Joeanna Rebello was published in the Times of India on the 16 January 2009.

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