Sex Workers in Development: Can we get to hear their voices?
A seminar at the Institute of Development Studies on the 5 December will introduce the PLRI and feature speakers on gender, sexuality, migration and trafficking.
This will be followed by a showing of Caught Between the Tiger and the Crocodile, produced by Asia Pacific Network of Sex Workers (APNSW). In Cambodia, the 100% Condom Use Policy – created to “protect” sex workers and curb HIV/AIDS – is reportedly being used by local police as an instrument to harass, persecute, and criminalize sex workers. The film tells the stories of women that have been arrested for carrying condoms, which are then used as evidence of sex work (illegal after new anti-trafficking laws were introduced earlier this year).
Once arrested, these women are sent to “rehabilitation centers” – facilities advertised as job-training centers by the government, but denounced by local groups as inhumane prisons.