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.
Little attention is given to violence experienced by sex workers from those closest to them: their husbands, boyfriends and partners.
Doubly stigmatised, transgender sex workers experience violence from the public, customers, their ‘sisters,’ and the police.
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.
The Department of State’s 10th Annual Trafficking In Person’s Report ranks countries on progress against human trafficking. How are Caribbean nations responding? How does this report help to create change and build community?
Why are condoms, one of the most effective HIV/AIDS prevention tools, being used as evidence of criminal action in New York, San Francisco and Washington DC? If you’re outraged, sign your name.
Under New York State law, carrying condoms is admissible as evidence of prostitution in a legal case. This means practicing safer sex is one more thing that can lead a sex worker to get arrested.
The root cause of violence against women is that our society allows violence against women and young girls to go unpunished. If we truly want to stop violence against women, stricter polices for those perpetrating women would be put into place telling men that any act of violence against any woman is not okay. Our silent acceptance of violence against certain cohorts of women must be addressed if real change is to occur.
The State of Rhode Island seems poised to take a significant step backwards on its legal treatment of both sex work and trafficking when legislators resume their session this fall.
A lot of people, especially white people, are invested in defending geisha, in putting them on a pedestal. And when they do that, it does harm to Japanese-American women and to all Asian-American women.