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thematic task team

Eliminating Violence Against Sex Workers

In their work and lives, sex workers experience disproportionate levels of violence including police abuse, sexual assault, rape, harassment, extortion, and abuse from clients, agents (pimps), sex establishment owners, intimate partners, local residents, and public authorities. Violence against sex workers is a violation of their human rights, and increases sex workers’ vulnerability to HIV. Violence against sex workers must be understood beyond the individual incidents and in a wider context of gender and stigma.  (extract from paper) Theme:  Gender and Sexuality Violence discussion Paper.pdf Author:  Thematic Task Team on Eliminating Violence against Sex Workers in preparation for the 1st Asia

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Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) – Including Condom Programming

This discussion paper was developed for the  for the 1st Asia and the Pacific Regional Consultation on HIV and Sex Work, 12 – 15 October 2010. Among its recommendations are 1. A human rights based approach should be applied to any HIV program targeting sex workers and their clients. The illegality of sex work in most counties in the region creates an environment that facilitates harassment and hinders the delivery of prevention and care. Programs must build the capacity of sex workers to engage in advocacy with policy makers to ensure protection of their fundamental rights to safe work, fair

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Creating an Enabling Legal and Policy Environment for Sex Workers

This thematic discussion paper for the October 2010 Consultation on Sex Work and HIV in Asia and the Pacific captures many of the complex issues around sex work and law. Among its recommendations are:  1. Decriminalize sex work by removing laws and policies that prevent sex workers accessing safe places to live and work and reduce their access to health services, justice and labour rights (including local ordinances, state level regulations, and others). This includes laws against buying and selling sex and operating sex businesses. Replace those laws with regulations, laws and policies similar to those that govern other businesses and activities. 2. Formally recognize

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Migration & Mobility in the Context of HIV and Sex Work

This is a discussion paper prepared for the 1st Asia and the Pacific Regional Consultation on HIV and Sex Work, 12 – 15 October 2010 in Pattaya, Thailand. Among its recommendations are :  1. Cross border and regional agreements should be developed that protect the rights of sex workers to access health and social services, irrespective of their legal status (as both sex workers and as migrants).  2. Sex workers should be included in meaningful partnerships in relevant infrastructure development projects. Major development projects should include “sex worker impact studies” to obtain information when planning for associated infrastructure needs in target

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