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Sex Workers Forum Recommendations ICAAP 2009, endorsed by 80 sex workers from 14 countries

1.    Sex Work is Work, we demand our work be recognized by Government and all groups in society, including religious institutions. 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.  USAID funding policy must include the specific needs of male and transgender sex workers.

2.    Sex workers are central to all sex worker policy – we are the leaders, listen to us. Independent, accountable, autonomous, transparent sex workers organsiations/networks/groups that represent their community, are central to HIV prevention and the human rights of sex workers as an affected community. Sex workers sharing experiences and supporting one another across the Asia Pacific has developed a strong movement with a long history. More sustainable resources allow for our organizations to advocate sex worker issues to the HIV sector, domestic Governments, funding bodies and the UN.

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