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This website is provided as a public service by Cheryl Overs of the Michael Kirby Centre  for Public Health and Human Rights at Monash University Melbourne Australia. Use is subject to the following terms and conditions. Your use of the site is subject to these terms – if you do not agree to them, please leave the site. People from many different walks of life are quoted and depicted on this website. Their inclusion here does not indicate their HIV status, sexual preference or occupation, nor does it imply that they agree with the content of the website or PLRI

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Greek prosecution of HIV positive sex workers: bad human rights and bad public health.

In the course of our research on sex work at the Michael Kirby Centre for Public Health and Human Rights in Melbourne we have noticed that public health prosecutions and ‘naming and shaming’ of HIV positive sex workers occurs in cities and towns across the world, including in the UK and US. We are also observing a general increase in mandatory HIV testing and the emergence of various other links between medical procedures and law enforcement in the context of female sex work. Nobody doubts that HIV testing is crucial, especially now that there is effective ARV treatment that also significantly reduces transmission of the virus. Nor does

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GET THAT WOMAN OFF THE ROAD : Why the Global Commission on Law and HIV must recommend legalisation of ‘pimping’ too

Sensible people also agree that sexual abuse of children, trafficking with violence and coercion associated with sex work should be criminalised, and heavily so.   Men who pay children for sex are abusers not clients and there is no such thing as a child sex worker.  We can certainly be confident that the Commission will agree that existing laws against crimes of violence such as rape, kidnapping and procurement by fraud and sexual crimes against children should stay and even be strengthened and more widely enforced.  But agreement among even the most sensible minds seems to collapse when we turn to

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