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Sex Workers in Greece Face Forced HIV Testing, While Those in Malawi Fight Back

Rights-based public health measures should seek to protect all people from HIV infection, and provide those who are HIV-positive with the tools to live healthier lives. 

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Prosecutions of HIV-Positive Sex Workers: Bad Human Rights and Bad Public Health

Greece has been in the news for prosecuting HIV positive sex workers and posting the  women’s photographs on the Internet. The Greek health authorities and many other governments and local authorities that have taken similar actions against sex workers have both the human rights and the public health very wrong.

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Global Roundup: Teen Pregnancy Rising in Guatemala; Canada Legalizes Brothels

Photo: Generando

Weekly global roundup: Understanding rape in the Congo; Mobile phones prevent maternal deaths in Kenya; Ontario puts safeguards in place for sex workers; Teen pregnancy rises swiftly in Guatemala.

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Global Roundup: As Olympics Near, Saudi Women Remain on the Sidelines

Weekly global roundup: Saudi women left on the Olympics sidelines; Lebanese activists demand marital rape laws; WHO says injectables still safe to use; Ugandan women trafficked to Malaysia; and a fatal witchcraft accusation in Nepal.

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Police Abuse of Sex Workers: A Global Reality, Widely Ignored

Cambodian sex workers stage a protest against a police crackdown on prostitution. © 2008 AP Photo

Sex workers deserve the basic respect and protection from violence that each nation owes its citizens. But in many settings, police abuse of sex workers receives scant public attention despite its entrenched global reality.

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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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Studying Down: Thoughts on Sex Work, Steinem, and Self-Representation

Some people perceive all women’s participation in the sex industry as a product of coercion. For me, this couldn’t have felt less true. Though circumstances had been a factor, the first time I stripped was no act of desperation. I made a choice.

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Second “Explosive(!)” “Shocking(!)” Live Action Video Reveals… Health Workers Providing Care!

Lila Rose and Live Action Films have released a second video in their promised expose of Planned Parenthood.  And the only thing shocking about this video is that Rose and her cohorts think there is something shocking about it.

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Today’s Efforts to Combat Human Trafficking Reflect Historical Racism and Sexism

Trafficking in persons is often referred to as “modern-day slavery.” Historical grounding confirms that the reference to slavery, while not exactly on point, is relevant.

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Close to Home: Complications in the Domestic Anti-Trafficking Discourse

It seems that stories of young girls victimized by prostitution, are selected to overcome an enormous barrier – that we are not disposed to believe or care for people who engage in sex work, so editing to find the “perfect victim” is necessary.

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