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.