Outlawed and Abused: Criminalizing Sex Work in Papua New Guinea

Amnesty International

Amnesty International has published their research entitled Outlawed and Abused: Criminalizing Sex Work in Papua New Guinea to accompany their Policy on State Obligations to Respect, Protect, and Fulfil the Human Rights of Sex Workers. While there are no laws directly criminalising sex work in Papua New Guinea, there are laws surrounding sex work that put sex workers at risk of police violence, violence from the community, and violence from clients. The legal framework is one of the barriers sex workers face in PNG for the fulfilment of their human rights. 

Contents include: 

  • Glossary;
  • Executive summary;
  • Methodology;
  • Sex work in PNG;
  • Policing of sex work;
  • Crimes and other abuses;
  • Barriers to accessing justice;
  • Stigma and discrimination against sex workers;
  • International laws and standards;
  • Conclusions and recommendations.

This resource is useful for all sex workers, sex workers' rights advocates, and allies interested in learning about the regulation of sex work in PNG, and the violations of rights occuring there.

You can download this 66 page PDF above. This resource is in English. An excutive summary is available here.