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The “H” Word

It would seem that no one enjoys being called a “hooker,” whether you are a sex worker or not.

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Louisiana Sex Workers Will No Longer Be Labeled as Sex Offenders

Louisiana’s era of forcing certain convicted sex workers to register as sex offenders appears to be over. Governor Jindall’s office announced today that he had signed into law a bill, sponsored by Louisiana State Representative Charmaine Marchand Stiaes, that effectively moves prostitution convictions back to the level of misdemeanor.

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RH Reality Check’s Most Read Stories of 2010

The ten most read stories on RH Reality Check this year include Christine O’Donnell’s crusade against masturbation, a look at how universities deal with sex in dorms, and early reporting of the Utah legislation that sought to criminalize miscarriage.

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Treating Violence Against Sex Workers as a Hate Crime

Over the last decade sex work projects, the police and other agencies in Liverpool (United Kingdom) have been addressing violence against sex workers, encouraging reporting and taking crimes committed against sex workers seriously.

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Can We End Violence Against Sex Workers?

Our staunch moral judgment of individuals who by choice or circumstance participate in the sex industry results in the shattering silence around incidents of rapes, assaults, and murders of sex workers.

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Police Violence And Sex Workers in Europe, Central Asia

The state consistently fails to punish police who commit violence against sex workers.

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Violence Against Indigenous Canadian Sex Workers

Aboriginal sex workers are subject to dual discrimination, experience high rates of violence, including murder, and high rates of HIV among other outcomes associated with violations of their human rights.

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Domestic Violence Against Sex Workers in Cambodia

Little attention is given to violence experienced by sex workers from those closest to them: their husbands, boyfriends and partners.

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Stigma and Violence Against Transgender Sex Workers

Doubly stigmatised, transgender sex workers experience violence from the public, customers, their ‘sisters,’ and the police.

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Report: Police Abuse of Cambodian Sex Workers Made Worse by US Policies

A Human Rights Watch report documents police abuse of Cambodian sex workers, including rape, beatings, and deprivation of medical care. US policy is making the situation worse.

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