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 Indian government's decision to stop recognising Rs 500 and Rs 1000 bank notes has had a negative effect on sex workers and other marginalised communities.
Khwaja sara (also known as Hijra, third gender or transgender) sex workers in Pakistan experience stigma, discrimination and criminalisation, as well as lack of rights and access to healthcare.
On 23rd August, Midnight Blue joined in a protest outside the Turkish Consulate in Hong Kong. The protestors called for justice for Hande Kader, a transgender sex worker in Turkey who was brutally murdered earlier the same month. Midnight Blue, an NGO who works with male and transgender sex workers, also highlighted the abuses suffered by sex workers around the world and in Hong Kong.
Sex workers in Victoria, Australia, are speaking out for the second time to highlight the ways they are blocked from or denied justice after Victorian Court of Appeal overturns a rape conviction.
The situation for sex workers in Timor-Leste is very difficult. Sex work is criminalised, and it is hard to work.