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

“Making education safe for all” in Sonagachi, India

Sex workers in Sonagachi, West Bengal, in India have taken a number of initiatives to improve education of sex workers and sex workers’ children. They include adult literacy and numeracy classes for sex workers, primary schools for young children of sex workers, a boarding hostel with private tuition for older children, and a co-operative banking system. … More “Making education safe for all” in Sonagachi, India

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

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

1995 – Durbar Mahila Samanwaya Committee (DMSC) set up in India

logo of Durbar Mahila Samanwaya Committee, India
“We Demand Workers’ Rights”

Durbar Mahila Samanwaya Committee (DMSC), also known as the “Unstoppable Women’s Synthesis Committee’’ is a sex worker collective representing the interests of sex workers of all genders, formed in 1995 … More 1995 – Durbar Mahila Samanwaya Committee (DMSC) set up in India