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Chinese Government Detains Sex Worker Activist Calling for the Decriminalisation of Sex Work: Statement from the NSWP

On Monday August 2, 2010 police in Beijing detained Ye Haiyan, an activist with community based organisation the China Women's Rights Workshop, after she joined other sex workers in publicly petitioning for the Chinese government to decriminalise prostitution. The Global Network of Sex Work Projects (NSWP) stands in solidarity with Ye Haiyan, human rights defenders, and sex workers who speak up against stigma, discrimination, and the criminalisation of our livelihoods

Assessment of the Human Rights Impact of Anti-Trafficking Policies

This is a report of a meeting to discuss a research tool specifically designed to  assess this issue by measuring the impact of Human Rights & Trafficking  programmes and policies.

Over the last few years the need for a human rights approach to trafficking in human beings has been increasingly recognised. Underlying this need are two concerns:

1.The lack of protection and assistance that current policies offer to trafficked persons, despite the fact that trafficking is generally recognised as a serious violation of human rights

Basic Rights Denied to Sex Workers Zimbabwe

This article describes the impact of sex work law and police brutality on sex workers in Zimbabwe

Locked in a filthy cell that was built for eight inmates, but filled with more than 25 women, Nyasha Maphosa, 32, a sex worker based in the town of Gokwe in the Midlands province, writhes in agony as the torture of the previous night takes its toll on her diminutive figure. She has endured 48 hours of detention after being picked up by the Zimbabwe Republic Police patrol team. The charge: loitering for the purposes of prostitution. 

Report of the Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health

This report considers the denial of sex workers’ enjoyment of the right to health that results from the criminalization of sex work and related practices (such as solicitation). Impacts on the right to health are discussed along with issues particular to sex work. Specifically, the failure of legal recognition of the sex-work sector results in infringements of the right to health, through the failure to provide safe working conditions, and a lack of recourse to legal remedies for occupational health issues.

Sex workers in India combat stigma to demand rights and health care

Sampada Grameen Mahila Sanstha (SANGRAM) is an HIV/AIDS organization that works primarily with sex workers. SANGRAM is based in the Sangli district in Maharashtra state. 

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. 

Violence and Exposure to HIV among sex workers in Phnom Penh

This study, conducted among a sample of 1,000 female and transgender sex workers in Phnom Penh identifies that half of those surveyed reported being beaten by police; about a third were gang-raped by police; slightly more than one-third were gang-raped by gangsters and about three-quarters were gang-raped by clients or men pretending to be clients. Most of these rapes occurred at gunpoint or with knives or other weapons.

When I dare to be powerful - Sex Worker Oral Herstory

A Publication by Akina Mama wa Afrika (AMwA), written by Zawadi Nyong’o and edited by Christine Butegwa and Solome Nakaweesi-Kimbugwe.

AMwA has been working in partnership with sex worker activists in Uganda and other countries in East Africa. This oral history project allowed women to speak for themselves to try and better understand the politics behind sexuality, sexual rights and sex work.

The research tries to present the multiple dimensions of women’s lives,

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.

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