HARC, the HIV/AIDS Research and Welfare Centre organized a national sex workers conference in Dhaka Bangladesh on 17th and 18th July 2017. Over 100 sex workers attended this two-day conference with the theme “Nothing for us without us.” Red Umbrella Fund supported the event.
The National Network of Sex Workers has released a statement challenging the conference being organised by the "The Coalition for the Abolition of Prostitution International (Cap Intl)." The statement has been signed by over 2000 sex workers in India who reject the conflation of trafficking with sex work, and the conflation of sex work with violence.
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.
Midnight Blue followed the cases of more than 40 transgender sex workers who were arrested in Hong Kong over a period of four years. They found that the actions of law enforcement agencies seriously infringed the human rights of sex workers, and caused them significant psychological and emotional harm.
The museum brings to life the history of sex workers and sex worker skills and culture. It uses interactive displays to challenge the stereotypes and preconceptions about sex work.
... thirty nine sex workers took part in the workshop in Rajshahi ... [which] focussed on three themes: human rights, community empowerment and leadership.
The situation for sex workers in Timor-Leste is very difficult. Sex work is criminalised, and it is hard to work.
Sex Workers in West Bengal are using the upcoming election to remind politicians they need to keep their promises.
Participants identified five priorities that APNSW and Pacific members will work on over the next three years
"“If all the recommendations made in the report get accepted by the court it would decriminalise sex workers running a brothel by themselves. It would make a huge change, which will stop police harassment” - Ms. Bharati Dey, panel member.
"Loss of livelihood is the first impact on sex workers. They lose their jobs and a place to earn money. ... [But] closures lead to a change of location, not of profession ... forcibly displaced sex workers work on the streets or in another venue ... the government is never going to make sex work disappear or go away."
"Fourteen sex workers were arrested on the 24th of January in Cambodia, and taken to the infamous ‘rehabilitation’ centre known locally as Prey Speu.This makes a total of 289 sex workers arrested in the last 13 months ... "
"while conditions in brothels may not be ideal, forcibly displacing sex workers who have no interest in changing their line of work puts both their health and safety at increased risk"