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Erasing Criminal Convictions for Survivors of Trafficking: One Step in the Right Direction

Vacating convictions laws are a step in the right direction for survivors of trafficking. Ultimately, however, creating fair working conditions and ending abuses in low-wage industries will ultimately do far more to end trafficking in persons and protect the human rights of workers in vulnerable situations.

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Global Commission on HIV and the Law Recommends End to Laws Against Sex Workers

The report of the Global Commission on HIV and the Law, released today, recommends the repeal of laws that prohibit consenting adults from buying or selling sex. The recommendations will be a powerful advocacy tool for sex workers at both international and local levels.

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Global Roundup: Maternal Health in Haiti Remains Dire; Girls Overtake Boys in Bangladeshi Schools

Weekly global roundup: Girls overtake boys in Bangladeshi primary schools; Philippines Lawmakers push to get the RH Bill passed; Women are in labor and still doing hard labor in Haiti; Training for sex workers in Rwanda provides options.

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Dispatches from AWID 2012: A Day in the Life of a Sex Worker

Sex for money might take just five minutes. But what about the rest of the 7 hours and 55 minutes of a sex worker’s day? What does she do, who does she see, and how is she treated? At AWID 2012, an interactive game provided insights into these overlooked questions.

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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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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: Sex Workers Face Widespread Abuses of Civil and Human Rights

A recent report on the sex trade illustrates how stigmatization and criminalization of sex workers in the United States result in widespread abuses of civil and human rights.

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Anti-Prostitution Pledge Results in Discriminatory Treatment

Sex workers’ health care is often sacrificed on the altar of U.S. funding.

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