Human rights

New Reality Show Aims to “Rescue” Sex Workers in 8 Minutes

Sex workers are responding with outrage about a new reality show named "8 Minutes" set to air on the A&E channel. The show follows vice cop-turned-minister, Kevin Brown as he arranges to meet sex workers in hotel rooms and, within eight minutes, tries to “rescue” them from the sex trades.

The Anti-trafficking Review 2014, Issue 3


The Anti-Trafficking Review is published by the Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women (GAATW), a network of over 100 NGOs worldwide focused on promoting and advancing the human rights of migrants and trafficked persons.

This Review explores what happens to the money and how the money to combat human trafficking is spent that is allocated by governments and private donors to stop human trafficking and to assist people who have been trafficked.

Key populations in the driver’s seat - On the road to universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support


This publication includes a selection of activities undertaken and achievements made during the first 28 months of the Bridging the Gaps programme.

Human Rights Abuses Against Transgender People in Malaysia

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This 73-page report documents government abuses against transgender people in Malaysia. In research in four Malaysian states and the federal territory of Kuala Lumpur, Human Rights Watch found that state Religious Department officials and police regularly arrest transgender women and subject them to various abuses, including assault, extortion, and violations of their privacy rights. Religious Department officials have physically and sexually assaulted transgender women during arrest or in custody, and humiliated them by parading them before the media.

The Role of Global-Level Advocacy in Addressing HIV among Key Populations

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New report details recent global advocacy strategies used and outcomes achieved to enhance health and human rights for key populations

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Brazilian Sex Worker Who Spoke Out Against Police Has Life threatened; Not Considered Eligible For Brazil’s Human Rights Defenders Programme

The case has been ongoing and reveals the persistent efforts of a Brazilian sex worker “Isabel” who has been fighting to highlight police violence she and other sex workers faces since May this year). The building where she and about 400 self-organised sex workers lived and worked remains closed, and those who had their rights violated by the police operation haven’t had success in accessing justice. The sex workers who lived there, lost their homes.

Scarlet Alliance Red Umbrella Rally: Sex workers speak up!

11th Nov



Scarlet Alliance Red Umbrella Rally:
Sex workers speak up!
Tuesday 11th November, 2014
4:30 - 6pm, Speeches and Performances from 5pm
Talbot Reserve, Albert St, St Kilda

Join us in St Kilda to hear it straight from sex workers.
Victoria’s licensing regime harms sex workers.
Street Sex work - still criminalised.
Draconian laws prevent sex workers working how, when and where we want.
Police as regulators; unnecessary, barrier to justice.
Full decriminalisation is needed now for sex workers’ health and safety.

Prostitution Free Zones Repealed in the District of Columbia

After nine years of organising, the joint efforts of NSWP member groups Best Practices Policy Best Practices Policy Project and HIPS, together with groups including Casa Ruby and the DC Trans Coalition have succeeded in having the District of Columbia’s “Prostitution Free Zone” policy overturned.

New report on Sex Work in Ho Chi Minh City reveals changes in Sex Industry over previous decade

Municipal policy makers in Ho Chi Minh City submitted a report to the Ministry of Social Affairs on Monday 15 September 2014, claiming that the local sex industry has dramatically expanded in size over the past 10 years despite the criminalisation of sex work and active policing of sex work venues.

Sex Workers Left Out of Canadian Government’s C-36 Discussions

In the months since the Canadian government introduced its proposal for new legislation around sex work, Justice Minister Peter MacKay has been touring the country, holding closed-door meetings with what his department calls “criminal justice system stakeholders.” While the exact identity of those consulted remains unclear, one thing is likely: none of them were sex workers, the very people the government’s