Sex Workers Demonstrate Economic and Social Empowerment – Regional Report Asia and the Pacific (NSWP, 2014)

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A series of case studies that document positive examples of sex worker-led economic empowerment projects, and the negative impacts of forced rehabilitation programmes on the lives of sex workers. This report covers the USHA Cooperative financial services for sex workers in India, and how this model inspired a similar project led by AMA in Myanmar. It looks at the informal education and legal aid work of WNU in Cambodia. It documents strategies to reduce violence and increase earnings by VAMP in India. It compares the work of OPSI and YKP in Indonesia, and looks at two projects from Thailand: the “Can do” Bar by Empower Foundation, and the work of SWING.