Outlawed and Abused: Criminalizing Sex Work in Papua New Guinea Summary

Amnesty International

Amnesty International has published their research entitled Outlawed and Abused: Criminalizing Sex Work in Papua New Guinea Summary 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: 

  • How we did our research;
  • Case study: Mona;
  • Crimes and other abuses against sex workers;
  • Stigma and discrimination;
  • Isolated from families and communities;
  • Male and transgender sex workers;
  • Conclusion.

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 8 page PDF above. This resource is in English. An excutive summary is available here.