Midnight Blue protests mistreatment of arrested transgender sex workers

Midnight Blue followed the cases of more than 40 transgender sex workers who were arrested in Hong Kong over a period of four years. They found that the actions of law enforcement agencies seriously infringed the human rights of sex workers, and caused them significant psychological and emotional harm. … More Midnight Blue protests mistreatment of arrested transgender sex workers

Implementing Comprehensive HIV/STI Programmes with Sex Workers (SWIT Training), Yangon

APNSW members from Bangladesh, Indonesia, Mongolia and Vietnam took part in a five-day training in Yangon, Myanmar, from 20-24 June 2016. The training focussed on how to implement HIV/STI testing, treatment and prevention strategies that are directed by sex workers and that empower sex workers. The training was based around the structure of the “Sex Worker Implementation Tool”, also known as “The SWIT” – a set of human rights based guidelines compiled by the World Health Organisation in partnership with other UN Agencies and Global NSWP. … More Implementing Comprehensive HIV/STI Programmes with Sex Workers (SWIT Training), Yangon

Midnight Blue protest outside Turkish Consulate, Hong Kong

On 23rd August, Midnight Blue joined in a protest outside the Turkish Consulate in Hong Kong. The protestors called for justice for Hande Kader, a transgender sex worker in Turkey who was brutally murdered earlier the same month. Midnight Blue, an NGO who works with male and transgender sex workers, also highlighted the abuses suffered by sex workers around the world and in Hong Kong. … More Midnight Blue protest outside Turkish Consulate, Hong Kong

Asia Pacific voices at Durban 2016 – Interview with Sakina Sayed

” … there is still a lot of advocacy work still needing to be done … Even though people are now discussing sex work in many places, we need to promote widely that sex work is not violence. The idea of sex work as work is still not widely understood or accepted around the world.” … More Asia Pacific voices at Durban 2016 – Interview with Sakina Sayed

Indian Sex Workers Critical of new Anti-Trafficking Bill

Sex workers’ organisations have raised concerns about a new anti-trafficking bill in India, called the Trafficking of Persons (Prevention, Protection and Rehabilitation) Bill. Women and Child Development minister Maneka Gandhi introduced the bill in India on the 31st of May. Despite requests to be included in the process, the bill was not drafted with sex … More Indian Sex Workers Critical of new Anti-Trafficking Bill

New South Wales Continues Support for Decriminalisation

The Australian State Government of New South Wales has continued its support for decriminalisation. Sex workers were concerned the inquiry into brothel regulation that begun in 2015 could have resulted in the introduction of a licensing framework and/or a specialised police squad for the sex industry. These measures would end decriminalisation, despite its documented success … More New South Wales Continues Support for Decriminalisation

Swedish magazine disrespectful of Thai Sex Workers

Empower Thailand and the Thai Embassy in Sweden have both issued statements in response to the Swedish magazine OTTAR.  On the 3rd of March 2016, OTTAR published an interview with Kasja Ekis Ekman, which referred to Thai sex workers as “cheap pussy.” Swedish Sex Worker Organisation, Rose Alliance contacted Empower Foundation and the Thai Embassy, … More Swedish magazine disrespectful of Thai Sex Workers

“Reclaiming Rights: Sex Workers Speak” ICAAP Session

A session called “Reclaiming Rights: Sex Workers Speak” was held on the first day of the 12th International Conference on AIDS in the Asia Pacific (ICAAP)  in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The conference ran from the 12 -14 of March. The session was organised by SANGRAM (India) and hosted by the National Network of Sex Workers India … More “Reclaiming Rights: Sex Workers Speak” ICAAP Session