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In a post script on Somaly Mam and Afesip Cambodia, the Cambodia Daily ran a story today based on a visit to AFESIP shelter in which Andrew Hunter’s claims that unethical and possibly unlawful practices occur there were investigated. The journalists were not allowed to interview inmates without supervisors to ask if everyone there is voluntarily and knows they can leave. Even with the supervision one of the interviewees said she ‘did not want to be there at first’ but became used to it, which obviosuly suggests her original detention was unlawful.
The article said that sex workers were captured by pimps that broke in the Afesip compound a couple of years ago. Infact the women managed to breach the gate and barbed wire and got away on local moto-taxis. Several of the women later protested against the outside the US Embassy at US officials falsely claiming that their escape was a ‘re-capture’ by ‘pimps’ rather than an assertion of several of the most fundamental human rights.
Where governance is poor and the rule of law is weak, female, male and transgender sex workers are typically exposed to severe and pervasive human rights abuses. Abuses may consist of violence, arbitrary arrest and detention, unlawful confiscation of property, limits on freedom of movement, and discriminatory and corrupt treatment in both public and private domains.
Chronic abuse of this kind will impact negatively on any person’s physical and mental health and wellbeing. Responding to these matters has been a key focus of sex worker activism globally. Sex workers have been involved in many projects in order to reduce the occurrence of these harms. There range from local anti-violence initiatives and police training to international human rights advocacy.
However the impact of legal services for sex workers generally, the relationship between legal services and health status, and the place of legal services amongst other responses has not been rigorously examined. (more…)