The HIV and Sex Work Collection: Innovative Responses in Asia and the Pacific Launched

“The HIV and Sex Work Collection: Innovative Responses in Asia and the Pacific” is a collection of case studies highlighting the work undertaken by sex worker-led community based organisations and networks in undertaking HIV related advocacy efforts. It was launched in 2012 as the result of a collaboration between UNFPA, UNAIDS and APNSW. … More The HIV and Sex Work Collection: Innovative Responses in Asia and the Pacific Launched

2012 – Sex Workers Freedom Festival Held in Kolkata, India (alternative IAC)

Sex workers were excluded from attending the 2012 International AIDS Conference in Washington, USA, due to restrictive US immigration policies. Instead APNSW, supported by NSWP, held an alternative event titled the Sex Workers’ Freedom Festival in Kolkata, India. Sex workers from over 40 countries took part in five days of discussions, workshops, protests, arts based advocacy and a video live-link to the official conference. … More 2012 – Sex Workers Freedom Festival Held in Kolkata, India (alternative IAC)

2012 – Vietnam Network of Sex Workers is Formed

In 2012. sex workers in Vietnam got together and formed a national network in order to bring about positive changes for their communities. The network aims to represent the voices, and act for the legitimate interests, of sex workers in Vietnam, in order to improve quality of life and decrease stigma and discrimination against sex workers. … More 2012 – Vietnam Network of Sex Workers is Formed

Last Rescue In Siam

“Last Rescue in Siam” is a short, silent black and white film produced by Empower Foundation, which uses parody to highlight the impact of anti-trafficking policies on sex workers operating in Thailand. According to the Empower research project, “We have now reached a point in history where there are more women in the Thai sex industry being abused by anti-trafficking practices than there are women exploited by traffickers.” … More Last Rescue In Siam

2011 – Hit and Run: the Impact of Anti-trafficking Policy and Practice on Sex Workers’ Human Rights in Thailand

In 2012, EMPOWER Foundation released the report titled: ‘Hit and Run: the Impact Anti-trafficking Policy and Practise on Sex Workers’ Human Rights in Thailand.’ The report was the result of a 12-month research study undertaken by sex workers identifying as both Thai nationals and migrants. … More 2011 – Hit and Run: the Impact of Anti-trafficking Policy and Practice on Sex Workers’ Human Rights in Thailand

2010 – Asia Pacific Regional Consultation on HIV and Sex Work, Pattaya, Thailand

Asia Pacific Network of Sex Workers (APNSW), UNAIDS, and UNFPA collaborated on a consultation on HIV/AIDS and sex work in Asia, held in Pattaya, Thailand. The meeting brought together UN and Global Fund representatives, NGOs, government officials, and sex worker groups from nine Asia Pacific countries. … More 2010 – Asia Pacific Regional Consultation on HIV and Sex Work, Pattaya, Thailand

Indian Sex Workers Produce Video Response to “Prostitutes of God” Documentary

In 2010, VBS (VICE) media produced a highly offensive documentary film, “Prostitutes of God”, which attempted to explore the cultures of Devadasis in the Indian city of Sangli, Maharashtra, and the northern regions of the state of Karnataka. With the support of Veshya Anyay Mukti Parishad (VAMP), sex workers who participated in the VBS documentary created their own video response to the documentary: “VAMP responds to betrayal by Prostitutes of God film.” … More Indian Sex Workers Produce Video Response to “Prostitutes of God” Documentary

2010 – Trans* Sex Worker Activist Norrie May-Welby Instigates Legal Challenge to Have Gender Recognised as ‘Non-Specific’ (Australia)

In 2010, a media-savvy Sydney-based trans*sex worker and community activist, Norrie May-Welby, initiated court proceedings against the New South Wales (NSW) Government Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages to have their gender recognised as ‘non-specific’ on official documents. After a protracted legal battle which lasted for 4 years, in April 2014, the High Court ruled that it was within the Registry’s power to record and issue Norrie with documents identifying a ‘not specific’ gender. … More 2010 – Trans* Sex Worker Activist Norrie May-Welby Instigates Legal Challenge to Have Gender Recognised as ‘Non-Specific’ (Australia)