Police & Law Enforcement

New video has been released by STAR-STAR, an NSWP member project in Skopje, Macedonia

 

The video depicts some of the work done by STAR-STAR, including peer outreach and healthcare provision.

 

New police policy on indoor sex workers revealed: home visits condemned as "raids in disguise"

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2014

This resource is a press release from NSWP member SCOT-PEP.

You can download this 4 page document above. This resource is in English.

Sex Workers Targeted in Tajikistan

Amnesty International has drawn attention to violent police harassment of sex workers in Tajikistan.  In a press release issued on 13th June 2014 Amnesty describes the arrest, abuse and harassment of sex workers in Tajikistan as part of the government’s “morality” campaign.  According to the press release 500 sex workers have been arrested in the count

Pocket Cop Card

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2013

This resource is a handout produced by NSWP members.

Frisking may sound like a good time, but the reality is far scarier.This handout offers important tips.

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Commemoration of International Sex Workers' Rights Day in Lagos

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NSWP meber, Women in Power Initiative (WOPI), the first Community Based Organisation in Nigeria led a march in Lagos marking the 14th International Sex Workers’ Rights Day. The programme mobilised over 50 sex workers, civil society organisations working with the female sex worker community and the media.

Comments on the USA Trafficking In Persons Report 2013

Although migrant sex workers in Thailand are grateful for the concern showed for their well-being they would like to ask people read their report “Hit & Run” rather than the TIP report on Thailand which is again disappointing in so many ways. In brief, the TIP report is very poorly written; there is a complete lack of accountability; it is full of sweeping assumptions and generalizations; conclusions are based on guesswork rather than evidence e.g. “sex tourism may fuel human trafficking - presumably then there is an equal chance that it may not? The chronic problem they have with accurate and credible numbers persists e.g. according to the first TIP report 2001 there were 700,000 people trafficked globally but now the same report claims 27 million people are trafficked. . It is not credible academically and not accessible to migrant communities.  The report adds no new or useful information to the previous reports.

Durbar Mahila Samanwaya Committee bulletin 23: 15 February 2013

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2013

The bulletin of the DMSC, discussing common financial scams, police violence, and the work to tackle HIV, human rights violations by the police, and the stigma that prevents sex workers from accessing services.

Durbar Mahila Samanwaya Committee bulletin: May 15th 2013

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2013

The bulletin of the DMSC, discussing common financial scams, police violence, and the work done to tackle HIV, human rights violations by the police, and the stigma that prevents sex workers from accessing services. It also discusses the success that self-regulating sex worker boards have had in tackling trafficking, in contrast to the more well-resourced non-sex worker-led programmes.

Criminalising Condoms: how policing practices put sex workers and HIV services at risk in Kenya, Namibia, Russia, South Africa, the United States, and Zimbabwe.

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2012

'Criminalising Condoms' details the experiences of sex workers and outreach services across six countries (Kenya, Namibia, Russia, Zimbabwe, South Africa and the United States). It finds that where any degree of criminalisation exists (whether of sex workers themselves, or of activities relating to sex work), condoms are used as evidence of sex work. This forces sex workers to choose between carrying safer sex supplies, thus attracting the deleterious attentions of the police, or working without condoms in the hope that the police will refrain from harassment - but also without the supplies that would protect them from HIV.