The criminalisation of sex workers’ clients is often claimed to be part of a new legal framework to eradicate sex work and trafficking by ‘ending demand’. In 1999, Sweden criminalised sex workers’ clients and maintained the criminalisation of third parties such as brothel-owners, managers, security and support staff. The individual selling of sex remained legal. This model is frequently referred to as the ‘Swedish’, ‘Nordic’ or ‘End Demand’ model. There is great pressure in many countries to advance such legal and policy measures. The damaging consequences of this model on sex workers’ health, rights and living conditions are rarely discussed.
This NSWP briefing paper looks at the impact of ‘end demand’ laws, including increased repression of sex workers; increased violence and discrimination; decreased access to health and social services; and decreased access to housing and shelter.
PEPFAR has made anti-retroviral treatment (ART) available for many people, including sex workers. However, PEPFAR funding contracts with organisations specify that a certain amount of this money be spent on abstinence programming. Contracts include a clause that the organisation accepting funding is opposed to prostitution. This has been called the ‘anti-prostitution pledge’ or ‘anti-prostitution loyalty oath.’ This NSWP briefing paper explains how the pledge affects sex worker organisations and HIV programming with sex workers; the effects on programming and organising; effects on sex workers; and looks at what can be done.
S2S mentoring implies that all organizations involved, mentor and mentee(s), are rooted in the global South and have direct experience operating in complex low- and middle-income countries. Mentoring can be provided more regularly and more efficiently by organizations in the same or neighboring countries and is often more readily accepted when the mentor’s messages, approaches, experiences, and lessons learned come out of a similar setting.
The purpose of this document is to assist those responsible for the continuum of HIV services to construct, analyze, and use the HIV cascade framework to improve HIV services by KPs and retention in those services. Intended audiences include ministries of health and other government agencies, nongovernmental and civil society organizations, HIV program managers, and researchers.
This joint briefing paper by NSWP and INPUD highlights the specific needs and rights of sex workers who use drugs, as a community that spans two key populations. This document provides an overview of some of the most endemic and substantive ways in which sex workers who use drugs face double criminalisation and associated police harassment, intersectional stigma, compounded marginalisation and social exclusion, heightened interference and harassment from healthcare and other service providers, infantilisation, pathologisation, and an associated undermining of agency, choice, and self-determination.
This issue of research for sex work reflects a small shift. Here, HIV and sex work don’t mean an array of epidemiologically oriented studies, but the frame for critiques of and questions about policy, laws, and programmes. Articles not written by sex workers themselves base their conclusions on what sex workers say. Here, no one tells sex workers how to run their lives.
To anticipate where the MSM, HIV, and human rights movements might be in another 25 years, the Global Forum on MSM & HIV (MSMGF) carried out a foresight scenario planning process with several dozen of its stakeholders and partners. MSMGF began with a simple but fundamental question: “What will the global MSM and HIV movements look like in 25 years?” The scenario planning process and its outcomes are documented in MSMGF’s latest publication.
This brief seeks to strengthen the ability of programmers and policymakers to understand and respond to HIV risks faced by transgender people around the world in order to reduce the burden of HIV in and protect the rights of trans communities. It is based on the AIDSTAR 2 Technical Report: The Global Health Needs of Transgender Populations.