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

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

Surang Janyam Wins Human Rights Defenders Award

In 2009, Surang Janyam, Director of the Service Workers In Group (SWING) Foundation, Thailand, was awarded the Human Rights Defenders Award by the Thai National Human Rights Commission. Ms. Janyam is a co-founder of SWING, a sex worker network established in 2004, which provides support, education, referral, counselling, outreach, and advocacy to male and trans* sex workers. … More Surang Janyam Wins Human Rights Defenders Award

Asia Pacific Network of Sex Workers Receives International Award for Action on HIV/AIDS and Human Rights

The Asia Pacific Network of Sex Workers was awarded the 2008 annual International Award of Action on HIV/AIDS and Human Rights by the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network and Human Rights Watch. The award was presented to APNSW on 6 August 2008, at the International AIDS Conference, Mexico City, in recognition of APNSW’s work on issues affecting sex workers in Asia and the Pacific. … More Asia Pacific Network of Sex Workers Receives International Award for Action on HIV/AIDS and Human Rights

Pornpit Puckmai Wins Human Rights Defender Award

On International Women’s Day, 8 March, 2005, Pornpit Puckmai, a Thai sex worker activist and the manager of EMPOWER Foundation’s Chiang Mai office, was awarded with the first annual human rights award by the National Human Rights Commission of Thailand. Pornpit received the award for her activism in defending the rights of women. … More Pornpit Puckmai Wins Human Rights Defender Award

2003 “Making Sex Work Safe” – Hong Kong, PRC

A “Making Sex Work Safe Asia Pacific” event was held in Hong Kong in October 2003. The event was hosted by Zi-Teng, a sex workers advocacy organisation supported by Oxfam Hong Kong. Participants came from the People’s Republic and the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of China, Australia, China, Thailand and Myanmar. The workshop was … More 2003 “Making Sex Work Safe” – Hong Kong, PRC