Sex Workers Forum

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Background & issues

Focusing only on prevention in terms of condom use for sex workers (which include female, male and transgender) does not acknowledge the full rights of sex workers who still face discrimination and criminalization which must be removed to help achieve the UN Millennium Development Goal of 2015.

With a main theme of ‘Prostitution, Law and the State’, the forum will focus on:

  1. Barriers to HIV Prevention among sex workers
  2. Sex workers’ perspectives vs clients’ perspectives
  3. Responsibilities of the State
Community Forum


Sex workers from 14 Asia Pacific Countries demand: “Sex Work is Work, we demand our work be recognized by Government and all groups in society, including religious institutions.”

  1. At a pre-conference meeting in Bali, on the 8th of August 80 sex workers endorsed “Decriminalise sex work and recognise ALL sex workers; male, transgender and female. Criminal laws lead to abuse by police, army and Government officials, and reduces access to HIV support, sexual health and human rights. Remove non-labor officials as regulators of our work.”

Ban Ki Moon urges: “We can remove punitive laws, policies, practices, stigma and discrimination that block effective responses to AIDS” Sex workers agree: “Ratify CEDAW and recognise the rights of women who work as sex workers. Male and Transgender sex workers must also be protected from discrimination. Children of sex workers and sex worker parents and guardians have rights; end the removal of sex workers children. Sex workers who use drugs are a part of our community and deserve equal respect and access to services and support. Law reform for sex workers must include anti-discrimination protections. Sex workers face discrimination in many aspects of our lives, such access to education, health care and treatment, obtaining birth certificates and identification, and other basic human rights.




Please come back on 9 August, 2009.


Please come back on 9 August, 2009.

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