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This Week in Sex: Zurich’s ‘Sex Boxes,’ Second Porn Star Tests HIV-Positive, and a New Reason to Use Condoms

Zurich builds drive-in sex boxes (above) for sex workers and their clients.

This week, Zurich builds drive-in sex boxes for sex workers and their clients; a second porn star tests positive for HIV, bringing more calls for condoms on set; and researchers find condoms can increase healthy bacteria in the vagina.

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Steps Forward—and Setbacks—for Sex Workers’ Rights

Sex workers are making enormous progress in terms of advocacy and policy impact. But there is still a long way to go.

This summer, the effort to pass the Women’s Equality Act in New York and the Supreme Court’s decision involving the anti-prostitution pledge that applied to global funding to fight HIV and AIDS had implications for sex workers’ rights.

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‘Be Careful Who You Rape’

no bad women just bad laws

Adrian Bayley, who raped and murdered Jill Meagher, also had a 20-year history of violence against women. For attacking and raping five sex workers he received a very light eight-year sentence, which sends the wrong message to potential rapists and murderers.

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Argentina Considers Bills That Could Criminalize Sex Trafficking—But Also Buying Sex

Is it ever helpful, in policy terms, to lump together trafficking and sexual exploitation with the buying and selling of sexual services between consenting adults?

Is it ever helpful, in policy terms, to lump together trafficking and sexual exploitation with the buying and selling of sexual services between consenting adults? This is the question in Argentina right now.

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Sexual Health Roundup: An App to Diagnose STDs, No Condoms as Evidence in D.C., and No Sex Ed for Utah Parents

Think you might have an STD? There's an app for that. Plus more sexual health news from the past week.

Think you might have an STD? There’s an app for that. Plus more sexual health news from the past week.

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Condoms as Evidence: Terrible for Sex Workers, Terrible for Public Health

Police have made sex workers—and people they suspect of being sex workers—afraid to carry condoms by harassing them and using condoms as evidence of crimes.

Police have made sex workers—and people they suspect of being sex workers—afraid to carry condoms by harassing them and using condoms as evidence of crimes.

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A Good Year for Red Umbrellas: Advances in Sex Workers Rights in 2012

(Maggiemcneill.wordpress.com)

All activists have good years, bad years and the rare great one. For sex worker rights activists 2012 was a great year.

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California’s Prop 35: A Misguided Ballot Initiative Targeting the Wrong People for the Wrong Reasons

Photo: Steve Rhodes/flickr.

California voters hold the power this Election Day to decide if many thousands of people convicted of prostitution-related offenses in their state must now register as sex offenders.

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Why Sex Workers Must Be Part of the Global Human Rights Agenda

India's National Network of Sex Workers in the Freedom Festival in Calcutta, India. 07/2012. Photos: Luca Stevenson.

If we intend to develop policies that are fair and just, we must collaborate with sex workers themselves to afford them the dignity that they and all of us deserve. It’s time for sex workers’ rights to be an integrated part of the global human rights agenda.

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Who is a “Criminal?” Exclusion of Vulnerable Groups from International AIDS Conference Nothing to Celebrate

Protesters disrupt the panel of US Senators at the Conference. Think Progress.

The definition of criminal offenses, the selective implementation of the law, and the resulting stereotypes generate a self-enforcing loop of discrimination and exclusion to the detriment of all. The exclusion of so many legitimate voices from this year’s AIDS conference is just one example.

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