Sex Work Digest 15

NSWP Newsletter

ISSUE 15 | JULY 2016

Latest news



Sex Worker-Led Network UNESO Formed

On the 29th of April, 2016, sex work leaders in Kampala, Uganda, met to discuss the formation of a new sex worker-led network. They decided to form the Uganda Network for Sex Workers Organization (UNESO) to replace the former Uganda Harmonized Rights Alliance. “There are lots of things affecting us including arrests by the police and we do not have access to health services,” said BAD BLACK. “If we have a strong network this can help us fight all the injustices that affect sex workers,” she continued. 

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Apollo Police Station Violence


During a control operation that took place on the 15th of April 2016, three sex workers were arrested in Lima, Peru. They were strip searched and exposed; they were told that they would serve time in prison.

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France Passes Law that Criminalises Clients

The French Parliament passed a bill on the 6th of April, 2016 which makes it illegal to pay for sex in France. The bill passed 64 to 12 in the National Assembly, France’s lower house, with 501 deputies abstaining from the vote.

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Cambodian Sex Workers Arrested During "Street-Sweeps"

Fourteen sex workers were arrested on the 24th of January in Cambodia.

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National Day of Action Canada

On the 11th of June, Canadian sex workers and their allies mobilised in a National Day of Action.

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Russian Sex Workers Violated During Illegal Brothel Raid

During the night of 17th of May, Viacheslav Datsik and his supporters illegally raided a brothel in St Petersburg where 10 sex workers were working.

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Other Headlines


Sex Workers' Rights Activist Miriam Quintanilla Murdered in El Salvador

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Another Red Light Area Closes in Indonesia

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Sisonke Protest Outside of Courthouse during Trial for Nokuphila Moudy

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Laws Amended in Serbia Increase Penalties for Sex Workers

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Research for Sex Work

NSWP has published Research for Sex Work 15 themed Resistance and Resilience. R4SW is a peer-reviewed publication for sex workers, activists, health workers, researchers, NGO staff and policy makers. It is available in English and French.

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Community Guide: HIV and STI Testing and Treatment Policies

NSWP has published the community guide to accompany the HIV and STI Testing and Treatment Policies Briefing Paper. It focuses on sex workers' experiences of HIV and STI testing and treatment programmes around the world.

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Statement: A High-Level Failure for United Nations on Key Populations

NSWP and other community partners published a statement on the Political Declaration adopted at the United Nations High-Level Meeting on Ending AIDS (HLM).

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Statement: NSWP Welcomes Amnesty International Policy

On 26 May, 2016 Amnesty International called for the decriminalisation of all aspects of adult consensual sex work including all laws which criminalise sex workers, clients, and third parties. 

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Moving Towards Decent Sex Work

Empower Foundation Thailand published their report Moving Towards Decent Sex Work. It explores the protections offered to Thai sex workers under civil law and the application of other labour mechanisms to sex work. 

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African Sex Workers Trained as Regional Experts on the Global Fund


Seven Country Teams in Europe Trained on Sex Worker Implementation Tool (SWIT)

NSWP Member Profiles


Aye Myanmar Association (AMA)

Aye Myanmar Association (AMA) is a countrywide network of sex workers, working in seven state divisions in Myanmar, including secondary and capital cities like Yangon, Mandalay, Bago Meikhtilar and Pyay. 

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HIV/AIDS Research and Welfare Centre (HARC)

The HIV/AIDS Research and Welfare Centre (HARC) works with sex workers across Bangladesh who are active in hotels and residences. HARC has around 2500 members, all female sex workers. 

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Silver Rose


Silver Rose is a sex worker-led organisation representing sex workers and their allies. They bring together the leaders of the sex work community and their supporters. They have members in more than 40 cities in Russia including: Kaliningrad, Moscow, Krasnoyarsk, Khabarovsk, Irkutsk, Vladivostok, Ufa, Kazan, Nalchik, Ekaterinburg.

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Colectivo Flor de Azalea

The Association of Female Sex Workers, "Colectivo Flor de Azálea," was formally created on the 14th of February, 2002 in Machala, Ecuador. Their goal is to provide sex workers with the tools to organise and empower themselves in order to stop the stigma, violence, and discrimination they face.

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Project X

Project X is located in Singapore and was founded in 2008. One of the key objectives of Project X is “to empower the community, to take charge of their live and be aware of their rights to stand up against all forms of discrimination,” said Sherry and Vanessa. 

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