trafficking

US Goverment restrictions on funding realted to sex work

There is considerable confusion about the restrictions imposed by the US on HIV/AIDS funding related to sex work (called prostitution and sex trafficking by the USG) This document may help to clarify. 

Migration & Mobility in the Context of HIV and Sex Work

This is a discussion paper prepared for the 1st Asia and the Pacific Regional Consultation on HIV and Sex Work, 12 – 15 October 2010 in Pattaya, Thailand. Among its recommendations are: 

Consultation on HIV/AIDS and the 2010 World Cup

A report by a South African NGO  that shows how wrong the predications about commercial sex in South Africa during the world Cup were. The question is will it prevent disinformation and hysteria surrounding sporting events in future.

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

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.

An Interview with Jo Doezema, of the Network of Sex Work Projects: Does attention to trafficking adversely affect sex workers’ rights?

An interview by Elaine Murphy and Karin Ringheim in Reproductive Health and Rights – Reaching the Hardly Reached. pp. 13-15. This report was published by PATH.

Thousands of prostitutes for World Cup

A news article from www.iol.co.za on the 4th March 2010. This story is from the sports pages and addresses concerns that the World Cup will lead to women entering South Africa to work in the sex industry. It is reported that the Central Drug Authority believe that 40,000 women will enter the country - many from Eastern Europe. UNODC are reported as questioning the source of the 40,000 figure.

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.

Against prostitution and human trafficking for sexual purposes

A report by the Swedish Government. The primary argument in the report is that trafficking and prostitution is sustained by male demand for the purchase of sexual services. It outlines the Swedish Governments position that, 'Prostitution and human trafficking for sexual purposes represent a serious obstacle to social equality, to gender equality and to the enjoyment of human rights'. It outlines the Government's 2008 action plan for combating prostitution in Sweden and human trafficking for sexual purposes.

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