Sex workers assess implementation of SWIT

Asia Pacific Network of Sex Workers (APNSW) held a five-day “SWIT” regional training from 24-28th April 2017 in Bangkok, Thailand. Participants came from Papua New Guinea, Pakistan, Myanmar and China. During the regional training participants shared their experiences of how many SWIT-related activities are currently happening in their countries. … Despite the SWIT being published in 2013, and being a WHO reference document for public health policy, it is clear many states in Asia and the Pacific have not yet engaged with these guidelines. … More Sex workers assess implementation of SWIT

Authorities in Hanoi, Vietnam, plan ‘Biggest Crackdown Ever’ for 2017

Authorities in Vietnam are reported to be planning their “biggest crackdown ever”against the sex industry in 2017. They say the want to help sex workers find new jobs. However, organisations such as ILO Vietnam have pointed out that this approach fails to address the needs of sex workers and ignores the findings of research. … More Authorities in Hanoi, Vietnam, plan ‘Biggest Crackdown Ever’ for 2017

India: Over 2000 sex workers sign National Network of Sex Workers (NNSW) Statement, 25 Jan 2017

The National Network of Sex Workers has released a statement challenging the conference being organised by the “The Coalition for the Abolition of Prostitution International (Cap Intl).” The statement has been signed by over 2000 sex workers in India who reject the conflation of trafficking with sex work, and the conflation of sex work with violence. … More India: Over 2000 sex workers sign National Network of Sex Workers (NNSW) Statement, 25 Jan 2017

SWIT Training in Jakarta, Indonesia (Part One)

The Asia Pacific Network of Sex Workers in collaboration with Organisasi Perubahan Sosial Indonesia (OPSI) conducted a national training in Jakarta from 15-17 November 2016. The training focused on the Sex Worker Implementation Tool (SWIT) – a guide for implementing comprehensive HIV/STI programmes with sex workers, published by the World Health Organisation (WHO). … More SWIT Training in Jakarta, Indonesia (Part One)