Consultation on Sex Work and HIV in Asia and the Pacific
The Asia Pacific Network of Sex Workers and UNFPA are holding a consultation on Sex Work and HIV in the Asia and the Pacific Region in Pattaya Thailand. On October 10 and 11th the APNSW held a meeting of its members to prepare for the consultation.
Sex workers from Indonesia, Myanmar, Pakistan, India, Thailand, Fiji, Papua, New Guinea; Cambodia and China are attending.
On the first day each country reported on human rights, health and law. Although there are some variations in details the same circumstances
- Raids and arrests
- Violence and rape by police
- Unfair practices and exploitation by the people sex workers turn to for protection from arrests and violence.
- Condoms confiscated and used as evidence
- Lack of access to justice
- Lack of mechanisms for challenging violations of rights
- Unfriendly and inappropriate health services persist.
Some messages are being developed. So far they are :
- Lack of access to primary health care.
- Sex work is not trafficking
- Trafficking is not sex work
- Sex work is not for only women
Several sex workers are presenting at the consultation over the next couple of days. Each afternoon sex workers will meet in country groups with the delegates from their country.