"The HIV and Sex Work Collection: Innovative Responses in Asia and the Pacific" is a collection of case studies highlighting the work undertaken by sex worker-led community based organisations and networks in undertaking HIV related advocacy efforts. It was launched in 2012 as the result of a collaboration between UNFPA, UNAIDS and APNSW.
“Last Rescue in Siam” is a short, silent black and white film produced by Empower Foundation, which uses parody to highlight the impact of anti-trafficking policies on sex workers operating in Thailand. According to the Empower research project, “We have now reached a point in history where there are more women in the Thai sex industry being abused by anti-trafficking practices than there are women exploited by traffickers.”
In 2010, VBS (VICE) media produced a highly offensive documentary film, “Prostitutes of God”, which attempted to explore the cultures of Devadasis in the Indian city of Sangli, Maharashtra, and the northern regions of the state of Karnataka. With the support of Veshya Anyay Mukti Parishad (VAMP), sex workers who participated in the VBS documentary created their own video response to the documentary: “VAMP responds to betrayal by Prostitutes of God film.”
In 2009, Ashodaya Samithi formally launched the Ashodaya Academy, a teaching and learning program for sharing experiences of sex worker-led approaches to effective HIV prevention, in Karnataka state, India. Sex workers, NGOs, and government officials from over 15 countries have been trained.
In 2009, Surang Janyam, Director of the Service Workers In Group (SWING) Foundation, Thailand, was awarded the Human Rights Defenders Award by the Thai National Human Rights Commission. Ms. Janyam is a co-founder of SWING, a sex worker network established in 2004, which provides support, education, referral, counselling, outreach, and advocacy to male and trans* sex workers.
In 2008, the Asia Pacific Network of Sex Workers (APNSW), published a documentary film “Caught Between the Tiger and the Crocodile”, which explores the human rights abuses perpetrated against sex workers in Cambodian detention and “rehabilitation” centres and the abuses caused by the controversial 100% condom use policy.
In August 2007, female Nepalese sex workers, including many from the highly marginalised Badi ethnic minority group, undertook a mass demonstration that included public nudity in front of Government House in Singha Durbar, Kathmandu.
In 2007 Fijian sex workers took part in a series of meetings and events which led to the formation of Survival Advocacy Network Fiji: a national sex worker network.
Female, male and transgender sex workers in Mysore, India, formally registered Ashodaya Samithi as a sex worker-led community-based organisation in 2005.
Midnight Blue is Hong Kong and mainland China’s first exclusively male sex worker organisation, and was founded by a collaboration of male sex workers, labour rights activists and academics with an interest in gender studies and human rights.
Friends Frangipani was established as a sex worker led network in 2004. The network formed in order to advocate for law reform, to challenge stigma and discrimination, to increase access to health services for sex workers and seek justice from police and others responsible for gender-based violence.
On International Women’s Day, 8 March, 2005, Pornpit Puckmai, a Thai sex worker activist and the manager of EMPOWER Foundation’s Chiang Mai office, was awarded with the first annual human rights award by the National Human Rights Commission of Thailand. Pornpit received the award for her activism in defending the rights of women.
In March, 2004, female sex workers from the highly marginalised Western Nepalese Badi community threatened to undertake a nude protest in the nation’s capital city, Kathmandu, in an effort to advocate for their right to attain Nepalese citizenship and for the legalisation of sex work.
The International Seminar of Sex Workers in Asia and Pacific was held in Bangkok, Thailand, from 15-19 November, 2000. This joint statement was read at the closing session, agreed in one voice of the region.