INTERNATIONAL DAY TO END VIOLENCE AGAINST SEX WORKERS

APNSW members speak out about the various forms of violence sex workers experience in their countries. From Nepal, to Papua New Guinea, to Fiji -  violence by police is a major issue. Problems include arbitrary arrest, use of condoms as evidence, and physical and sexual violence at the hands of police. In Myanmar and Malaysia, police often fail to respond appropriately when sex workers report crimes against them; but relations with police are dramatically different where sex work is decriminalised, such as in New Zealand. And in Vietnam and Australia, APNSW members speak about how laws and policies, as well as stigma and discrimination, are a form of violence in themselves. They increase the risks sex workers face and decrease sex workers access to justice and health care. 

The Calcutta Sex Worker Freedom Festival

The 2012 International AIDS Conference (IAC) was held in the USA, despite legislation that prevents current sex workers, people who use drugs and people with criminal convictions from entering that country. As a protest, sex workers boycotted the event and organised an "alternative" IAC conference in Calcutta, India, called the Sex Worker Freedom Festival. The following playlist features extracts of the opening ceremony and a selection of speakers from the festival.

Sex Work and HIV Programs (2011/2012)

This playlist features videos that show some of the HIV related work of sex worker organisations around the region. They cover five countries and include programs by Durjoy Nari Shongo (Bangladesh), Lily Women's Center (China), Tianjin Dark Blue (China), Target Outreach Program (TOP, Myanmar), Blue Diamond Society (Nepal), Empower Foundation (Thailand), and Service Workers in Group Foundation (SWING, Thailand).

"Bad Rehab"

A song and animated video using dolls to describe the real issues for sex workers in South East Asia who are forced into rehabilitation centres as part of the so-called anti-trafficking "rescue industry" - only to be detained against their will and experience violence and abuse. (This video was produced several years before the western mainstream media "discovered" the scandal of lies surrounding Somaly Mam in Cambodia.)