The Scarlet Alliance National Training and Assessment Program (SANTAP) provides a unique example of how sex workers have pro-actively responded to stigma, discrimination, and ignorance about our profession.
Sex workers in Sonagachi, West Bengal, in India have taken a number of initiatives to improve education of sex workers and sex workers’ children. They include adult literacy and numeracy classes for sex workers, primary schools for young children of sex workers, a boarding hostel with private tuition for older children, and a co-operative banking system.
Asia and the Pacific is home to the second highest number of people living with HIV after sub-Saharan Africa... an epidemic that is predominantly concentrated among key populations - men who have sex with men, sex workers, transgender people and people who use drugs.
Sex work is a term that works towards reducing stigma and discrimination, and violence, oppression and exploitation of people who engage in sex work.