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By Paul Maginn and Graham Ellison There appears to be something of an emerging international political and moral panic about 'prostitution' and sex-trafficking. Various national, state and local governments have introduced, or attempted to introduce, legislation designed to either tightly control the location, number and practices within the sex industry,…
Friday, 18 January 2013
Press release from the Scarlet Alliance (adapted) Experts from a dozen countries, meeting in Sydney last week to learn of the gains since decriminalisation of sex work in NSW in 1995, were dismayed at the massive threat to the world-leading law. Open Society Foundations, Scarlet Alliance and Sex Worker Outreach…
Tuesday, 06 November 2012
Antigua & Barbuda is being urged to decriminalise commercial sex work. The move would “open the door” for those in the profession to access more services in the fight against HIV and AIDS, says research officer at the Directorate of Gender Affairs, Craig Rijkaard. It’s for that reason as well…
Monday, 30 July 2012
AIDS conference to demand decrimina ... Decriminalising sex work and inclusion of sex workers under unorganised labour are some of the demands that would be raised at the 19th International AIDS Conference in Kolkata later this month which will see participants from 27 countries. The event, which is being held in India for the first time,…
Friday, 13 July 2012
Nicodemus 'Mama Africa' Aochamub By Kunene Correspondent, AllAfrica.com The Executive Director of the largest sex workers organisation in the country, Rights Not Rescue, Nicodemus 'Mama Africa' Aochamub says that decriminalising prostitution is better than legalising it. Aochamub told The Namibian that "we are thankful that Kazenambo Kazenambo is brave to stand up for us,…
Monday, 04 June 2012
Why sex work should be decriminalis ... By Ntokozo Yingwana, SWEAT Advocacy Officer Under the Sexual Offences Act of 1957, amended in 2007 sex work is fully criminalised in South Africa. This means that the sex worker, their client, and anyone who lives off the earnings of a sex worker are considered criminals. Criminalisation is extremely difficult…
Tuesday, 17 April 2012
COSATU and the CGE dialogue on sex  ... The Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) together with COSATU convened a consultative dialogue on sex work legislative reform. The CGE and COSATU are mindful of the current legislative reform process being driven by the South African Law Reform Commission (SALRC), and sought to engage with stakeholders in the sector to…
Thursday, 05 April 2012
HIV/Aids patients sit at a counseling facility in Gulu, Uganda By Gloria Nakiyimba, RFI News World politicians meeting in the Ugandan capital, Kampala, have agreed on the need to repeal laws discriminating against HIV/Aids which they say have contributed to an increase in the rate of new infections. MP's at the Inter Parliamentary Union assembly said laws that criminalize transmission…
Thursday, 05 April 2012
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