Archive for September, 2011

Korean Sex Workers are standing up for their RIGHTS!!!

There are approximately 1,000 sex workers gathering from several location of Korea.

They are claiming “Sex work is work!!!

Abolish anti-prostitution law!!!

Decriminalise Sex Work!!!”


They are working in brothels. Korean government has forced to remove brothel areas since 2004 made new anti-prostitution law. The situation is getting worse that sex workers are threaten by costumers according to the law and police not only can’t help sex workers in dangerous situation but even they often use violence sex workers.

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Korean Sex Workers Protesting in Seoul on 22 Sept. 2011


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This is another source of advice for transgender women on living a healthy life.

“Many people think that we are just gay men in dresses…

But we know we are not, we are transgender women.

We have identities and lives very different than gay men.

We are special. No one can take away our dignity.”

As transgender women, we come in all ages and shapes, all personalities and types: just like everyone else. But for many of us, every day, we face stigma and discrimination for our gender presentation or sexuality. Sometimes we are rejected by our own families or face violence in public. This reduces our life opportunities, for example, our chances to receive an education or find gainful employment. Sex work often becomes our only real option to make a living. Sometimes we turn to alcohol or drug use as a means to cope with shame and social isolation. Many of us become infected with HIV and have to deal with the rejection that often follows.

This booklet provides information about things we care about as transgender women: our health (including hormones, HIV, and STDs), our human rights, and our social well-being.

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Recently, APNSW conducted a training workshop for delegates from the four countries that have most recently joined joined our network. Sex workers came from East Timor, Laos, Nepal & Pakistan came to the four day workshop, which was supported by a grant from AJWS. The workshop titled “Together we can do it!” was an Intoductory Workshop on Sex Worker HIV Programming & Human Rights.

The workshop opened with a video about the history of APNSW followed by the Understanding Sex Work, HIV & the UN module. Rights based HIV Programming was covered next and the first day finished with an Art Activity whereby participants were each asked to illustrate the Key issues for their country.

Day Two involved several sessions including a briefer on Feedback & Film making and country groups were then asked to prioritise shared issues in country and to prepare a presentation for the Workshop outlining those issues. A discussion about how sex worker groups & projects address these issues completed the agenda for the day.

Together We Can Do it!!!

On Day Three a module was presented on HIV & Rights Based Programmes. Various elements of programming were examined as well as how they can be done in a way that is consistent with a rights based approach to health service delivery. After lunch we took an excursion to Pat Pong Road so that participants could view the Red Light District to get a feel of the way the industry operates in Bangkok. This led into a trip to the Empower office located there. As always, Empower staff were very generous with their time and knowledge of HIV programming, and many of our delegates were fascinated by some of the initiatives that Empower routinely runs for sex workers – classes, workshops, gatherings. After the field trip, there was much enthusiasm amongst group members with some delegates keep to implement some ideas they had learned at Empower into their own national programmes, in particular those with a social aspect which run alongside clinical services.

By day Four we were all starting to feel like old friends, which is just as well, because that is the day we covered The Global Fund and its complicated funding processes. Andrew then focused on a regional Global Fund proposal for sex work and what that means for sex workers groups in the region. We finished up with a discussion about being part of APNSW and how we can be more involved and work together. The feedback about the workshop from participants was overwhelmingly positive. Since then, two countries have had advocacy pieces printed in newspapers and all are busily networking in their communities to expand networks in order to reach (and teach) as many sex workers as possible.

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