violence

Fiji Cracks Down on Sex work

THE military regime in Fiji is taking on a new target: sex workers

A report published today by the University of NSW says sex workers, especially in Lautoka, the centre of Fiji’s sugar industry, north of Nadi, have been rounded up by the military and subjected to sleep deprivation, humiliation and forced physical labour.

Karen McMillan, a researcher with the International HIV Research Group at UNSW, said the sex workers were held in outdoor pens at an army base, woken every three hours and made to do duck-walks and squat in the mud.

PLRI Media Release: International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers

On International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers the PLRI are circulating a media release to launch their new website and stress the need for evidence based policy making to tackle violence and abuse.

Never Innocent Victims:Street Sex Workers in Canadian Print Media

Over the past decade, street sex workers and their families garnered considerable media attention through extensive coverage of disappeared and murdered women in Western Canada. The research presented here examines whether recent media accounts differ from past coverage given that families and friends of disappeared and unaccounted for women inserted themselves into media discussions and circulated alternative readings of their stories.

How do we quit sex work?

Some people want a world without prostitution and campaign for the criminalisation of our clients. I always argue that the criminalisation of our clients is not going to make us disappear but make our work more clandestine, more dangerous and potentially make us lose (part of) our income.

Violence in Contract Work Among Female Sex Workers in Andhra Pradesh, India

An article in J Infect Dis. (2011) 204 (suppl 5): S1235-S1240.

Background: Female sex workers (FSWs) are vulnerable to physical and sexual violence at work. This article examines the prevalence of recent physical and sexual violence victimization and associations of type of sex work among a large sample of young FSWs.

Evaluation Of Nature And Impact Of Violence Exposure Among Registered Female Sex Workers

An article in Turkiye Klinikleri J Med Sci 2011;31(5):1167-78.

Objective: We conducted a descriptive study to determine various forms of violence and their impacts on registered female sex workers in Turkey.

CREA research on violence against women in India, Bangladesh and Nepal

A research study on violence against lesbian women, female sex workers, and disabled women in three countries in South Asia—Bangladesh, India, and Nepal. The study investigated the hypothesis that women who are outside the mainstream of the South Asian society suffer high rates of violence and are often unable to seek and receive protection from State agencies.

Experience of violence and adverse reproductive health outcomes, HIV risks among mobile female sex workers in India

Article in BMC Public Health 2011, 11:357.

Female sex workers are a population sub-group most affected by the HIV epidemic in India and elsewhere. Despite research and programmatic attention to FSWs, little is known regarding sex workers' reproductive health and HIV risk in relation to their experiences of violence. This paper in BMC Public Health therefore aims to understand the linkages between violence and the reproductive health and HIV risks among a group of mobile FSWs in India.

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