Posts tagged ‘APNSW’
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.
Sexual and Reproductive Health http://bit.ly/dDwzyM
Migration, Mobility http://bit.ly/c3oosI
Creating an Enabling Legal and Policy Environment http://bit.ly/b8Nzxx
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.