sex work

Toolkit for monitoring and evaluation of interventions for sex workers

A toolkit from WHO that focuses on targetted HIV interventions for female sex workers. It draws on WHO experience from programmes implemented in the Western Pacific and South-East Asia Regions.

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 .

PLRI website launched on International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers

ICRSE logo for the International Day to End Violence Against Sex WorkersWelcome to the website of the Paulo Longo Research Initiative. We are launching the site on December 17, the Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers in support of sex worker organisations in dozens of countries who are demanding action to stop violence.

U.N. guidance note on HIV and sex work “reworked” by activists

Article by Seshu M, Hunter A, Reynaga E, Strack F, Mollet S, Morgan Thomas R, Overs C, Ditmore M, Allman D in the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network HIV/AIDS Policy and Law Review. The article describes how, in 2007, UNAIDS issued a guidance note on HIV and sex work, the tone and contents of which angered sex workers, activists and public health workers worldwide. In this article, based on presentations at the International AIDS Conference, M.

A Tale of Two Countries: HIV Among Core Groups in Togo

Article by Sobéla F., Pépin J., Gbéléou S, Banla A. K., Pitche V. P., Adom W., Sodji D., Frost E., Deslandes S. and Labbé A-C., in the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes, Volume 51, Number 2, June 1, 2009, pp 216-223.

Publication from SANGRAM. Who stole the tarts? Sex work and human rights

This monograph is published by Sampada Gramin Mahila Sanstha (SANGRAM) and written by Sandhya Rao and Cath Sluggett. It draws its title, and all the chapter headings, from Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. The authors argue that the farcical fantasy of Alice’s adventures in the mythical Wonderland seems an apt reference to the unfamiliarity of the terrain that they have had to navigate when attempting to assess the ways in which the human rights framework has succeeded and where it has failed for sex workers in India.

History

We formed our partnership in 2008. The idea for the Paulo Longo Research Initiative (PLRI) arose among activists, policy advocates and academics who were frustrated by the quality of information on sex work available. Although there are many excellent books, essays and studies about sex work – including several by sex workers – a great deal of scholarship on sex work is misguided and stigmatizing. Sex workers frequently complain that much of what is written about them reflects prejudices and myths rather than the reality of their lives.
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