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  The Magazine of the ILO: WORLD OF WORK No. 26 - The economics of sex - Public information
Sex work is usually better paid than most of the options available to young, often uneducated women, in spite of the stigma and danger attached to the work.
In nearly all segments of the sex trade, that expectation was fulfilled, and remittances from the women working in the sex industry provide many rural families with a relatively high standard of living.
An estimated 20,000 to 30,000 Burmese women work in the sex sector in Thailand; nearly all are illegal immigrants at constant risk of arrest and deportation, and 50 per cent are estimated to be HIV positive.
www.ilo.org /public/english/bureau/inf/magazine/26/sex.htm   (3378 words)

 Making Sex Work Safe: Chapter 2
Sex workers' willingness to obey these rules depends on matters such as whether they are treated well at the clinics, whether or not the records are confidential and whether registering actually results in less harassment.
Sex work activists in some developing countries argue that where stigma and corruption underpin the persecution of sex workers, reform of sex work laws alone is unlikely to secure sex workers equal civil rights.
Sex workers who already face stigma and persecution are often faced with a difficult decision about continuing to work in the sex industry.
www.nswp.org /safety/msws/msws-02.html   (5503 words)

 Choike - Migrant sex work
According to this group sex work (be it migrant or not) is not always forced.
The key point, sex workers' advocates argue, is to distinguish whether sex work is forced or not.
Sex workers’ rights activists are concerned about abuse of women migrant sex workers, but they link this more to government anti-immigration policies than to the inherent exploitative nature of prostitution.
www.choike.org /nuevo_eng/informes/1763.html   (3877 words)

 Sex Workers Mobilize To Fight HIV/AIDS - Global Policy Forum - Social and Economic Policy
Sex workers are often victims of stigma and discrimination, exploitation and violence, and have limited access to health services.
Sex work is also a significant social and economic sector in many countries.
One of the keys to successful HIV prevention among sex workers is to involve them directly in the development and implementation of care and prevention programmes, according to Mahbooba Mahmood, Project Coordinator of Naripokkho, a sex work organization in Bangladesh.
www.globalpolicy.org /socecon/develop/health/2003/0122sexworker.htm   (740 words)

 Sex Workers and HIV - The Body
It is difficult to determine precisely the incidence of HIV infection among sex workers, or the prevalence of safer sex practices during commercial sex transactions.
The only large-scale study of HIV among sex workers in Asia was done in the Philippines, evaluating 25,392 sex workers in 64 cities between 1987-89, before the pandemic had become widespread in the region.
Sex workers are aware of the implications of the spread of the disease, not only for their own lives and livelihoods, but also for their many sex partners, and in turn for the general population.
www.thebody.com /cria/winter06/sex_workers.html   (2928 words)

 ALU Archive: Sex Work in China
Because sex workers are despised and have no legal protection as workers, they face many difficulties, including violence from clients, the police and pimps, and institutionalised state discrimination manifesting itself in police harassment and difficulties in obtaining medical treatment.
Official contempt for sex work is also reflected in public attitudes, so most sex workers do not talk to relatives about their work and the associated problems, which often leads to communication breakdown and conflict within families as sex workers try to keep their secrets.
Work in the factory was quite free because we were paid by piece rate.
www.amrc.org.hk /Arch/3303.htm   (1446 words)

 Prostitution & Sex Work
A red-light district involves the explicit commercialisation of sex work and is traditionally poorly policed.
Sex workers under 18 years of age would be prohibited from using the rooms of a street worker centre.
The Advisory Group believes that while the negative aspects of street sex work have caused harm to sex workers and the Port Phillip community, they have not lessened the attractions of living in the City of Port Phillip or affected property values, and are unlikely to do so in the future.
www.portphillip.vic.gov.au /prostitution_sex_work.html   (3155 words)

 WHRnet Issue - Migrant Sex Workers
Perhaps the concept of work will have to be reconsidered in order to go beyond taboos and double morals and begin from the point of considering a woman as a person, her life strategies, her work, her desires and her dreams.
The sex worker's rights movement is based upon participation and input from sex workers who are currently working, or who have worked and advocate better conditions for those who continue to work.
The speech narrates the experiences of Dina as sex worker and her union’s demand for the recognition of sex work as a legal occupation.
www.whrnet.org /docs/issue-migrantsexworkers.html   (2253 words)

 BioMed Central | Full text | Demography and sex work characteristics of female sex workers in India
While sex work is a universal phenomenon, the majority of sex work in India is clandestine due to unfavorable legal environment [5-7], and because the Indian society discriminates against FSWs as immoral women, as in many other societies.
The number of women involved with sex work is difficult to determine but it is estimated that about 1% of the adult women in India could be engaged in sex work [8], most of whom are non-brothel based sex workers [9].
Though there is a broad understanding that women in sex work tend to be young and are expected to contribute to their family income, few data are available on their demographic attributes, as many of them do not openly acknowledge that they are sex workers.
www.biomedcentral.com /1472-698X/6/5   (4648 words)

 BBC NEWS | Business | Sex workers of the world unite
Sex work is undergoing a belated industrial revolution.
She spent two years working with the London-based International Union of Sex Workers (IUSW), which lists among its aims "the right to work on the same basis as other independent contractors and employers and to receive the same benefits as other self-employed or contracted workers".
Twelve years ago, Ms Brown was working as a prostitute when she fell pregnant with her first child.
news.bbc.co.uk /1/hi/business/3818713.stm   (821 words)

 Cindy - sex work
Sex workers are often seen as a target by some feminists as someone who's being exploited and doesn't realise it.
There are sooooo many different types of women who work in the sex industry from all different backgrounds, with all life experiences, lifestyles, opinions etc and it's ridiculous to stick to one single stereotype on anyone.
One girl who started working as a prostitute got into it one day when she thought "hey, I'm going out every weekend and having meaningless sex, I might as well get paid for it!".
www.angelfire.com /la/pepperzine/sexwork.html   (769 words)

 USATODAY.com - Vegas sex workers demand rights, respect   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Nevada brothels often hire women to work for just weeks at a time, require prostitutes to live on the premises and mandate costly STD tests too frequently, she said.
Alexander said sex workers' claims of rape and violence too often are ignored by police, and some departments use scant evidence, like carrying condoms, as cause for arrests.
But she said one of the most pressing threats to sex workers were anti-human trafficking laws passed on the federal and state level that can be interpreted as applying to strippers, dancers and escorts.
www.usatoday.com /news/offbeat/2006-07-14-sexworkers-rally_x.htm?csp=34   (744 words)

 Sex Work Advocacy   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
In late 2000, IHRD began funding sex worker harm reduction projects in 11 countries of Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.
This initiative was established in recognition of sex workers' vulnerability to harms related to drug use and HIV.
The initiative focuses on working with a range of policymakers at local, provincial, and national levels to support harm reduction services on the ground.
www.soros.org /initiatives/health/focus/ihrd/programs/sexwork   (418 words)

 How Do We Protect Sex Workers? :: thetyee.ca
Susan Davis and Amanda Bonella, both sex workers and members of the B.C. Coalition of Experiential Women, a consortium of sex worker activists, wanted to participate in the day's discussions but were asked to leave a roundtable about harm reduction in the sex trade.
When the "working mothers" get back to sanity and rise from their addictions and low self esteem by actually believing they can do better, in the end, they just want their kids back and the revisitation of anything decent they once had in their life.
Canadian sex workers told the subcommittee that crossed the country last year they wanted decriminalization similar to New Zealand and much of Australia, where several states over the last 15 to 20 years have reformed their similarly outdated laws to allow legal brothels.
thetyee.ca /News/2006/12/06/SexWorkers   (10267 words)

 jaywalking: cartoons about a way of life: Racism and Sex Work, Part 3   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
The main example (of the left and sex workers organzing together) at the moment is related to immigration rights.
A better solution would be to provide visas for anyone trafficked into the country and to allow normal work visas for sex-workers who are forced under-ground because of their immigration status.
Actually, 'me' is wrong and the Swedish model is working very well, especially when compared to how badly legalization and decriminalization are doing in countried where they have been effect for some years.
www.jaysennett.com /blog/2005/07/racism_and_sex_work_part_3.htm   (1219 words)

 Sex work as work
The sale of sex and sexual services forms a substantial part of economic activity in western economies, employing several millions of people and generating considerable revenues and profits.
It will be argued that there are a number of significant characteristics that make the case for classifying 'sex work', ranging from different types of prostitution (street, brothel, escort) to exotic dancers (lap-dancing, stripping), pornography (magazines, film, internet) and sex chatlines, as work.
Professor Gall said: "The idea of 'sex as work' has been developed by sex work activists as a means and rationale by which to campaign to establish their rights as ordinary citizens, labourers and human beings.
www.news-medical.net /?id=17831   (344 words)

 About the Sex Workers Project
The SWP works to ensure that the criminal justice system appropriately responds to the needs of sex workers; that victims of trafficking in persons have access to legal and other benefits; and that community-based service providers who work with sex workers have the expertise to assist them.
The SWP conducts trainings for legal issues that are important to sex workers, including the issues around trafficking in persons; on the legal rights of sex workers (especially related to violence and to police interaction); and rights of outreach workers, many of whom we have found are being harassed by the police.
This work is critical in bringing to light human rights abuses suffered by sex workers, and puts a human face on this misunderstood and marginalized population.
www.sexworkersproject.org /info   (441 words)

 Tampabay: Sex offenders work among VA teens
VA officials did not provide the number of sex offenders working at the hospital but said they have received no complaints about those workers from volunteers, their families or visitors.
The VA said it had not notified parents and students that Bay Pines employs sex offenders but said parents and students are advised to report inappropriate behavior from any employee, patient, volunteer or visitor.
Questions about sex offenders were provoked by the case of Willie J. Williams, 45, a housekeeper who has worked at Bay Pines 15 years.
www.sptimes.com /2006/06/02/Tampabay/Sex_offenders_work_am.shtml   (716 words)

 When Sex Works: Technical Notes #I
In terms of sex workers' socio-demographics characteristics, the data collected by the Federal Department of Justice for the Frase Committee (1985) and for the evaluation of the street communication legislation (1988), are roughly similar:
Between 50% and 75% became involved in prostitution voluntarily, and between 50% and 70 work for themselves and not for a pimp.
Those who work for pimps are generally younger, less likely to have completed high school and more likely to be cohabitating.
www.walnet.org /csis/groups/when_sex_works/technotes1.html   (784 words)

 SWIMW--Sex Work and Migration
They may be using their own real documents and a tourist visa, or falsified papers and a real work permit or any combination of true and false 'papers'...
To empower me as sex worker you assume the role of acting on me and you assume that I see myself as an individual engaged in sex work.
The majority of them, upon leaving their countries, know their work will have a sexual component, but it is difficult for them to know beforehand the common work conditions, the problems associated with using falsified documents and the possibilities of falling into the hands of opportunists or criminals...
www.swimw.org /agustin.html   (649 words)

 Asian Women in Sex Work
Within the debate about prostitution, we must take a close look at the economy, because the existence of sex work is directly influenced by the state of the economy.
  “The voluntary prostitute is a Western sex worker, seen as capable of making independent decisions about whether or not to sell sexual services, while the sex worker from a developing country is deemed unable to make this same choice: she is passive, naïve, and ready prey for traffickers” (Murray:1996 in Doezema 1998).
The ‘Association of Autonomous Women Workers’ in Ecuador is an organization of sex workers who understood their situation and developed this organization based on their specific knowledge of the situations that they were in.
dana.ucc.nau.edu /~acs48/article1.htm   (2455 words)

 Sex Trafficking: Zero Tolerance
Its authors reached a compromise on a working definition of "trafficking," broadly understood as the forced labor of individuals in a wide variety of sectors, including agriculture, domestic, industry, and sex work.
Many women see sex work as a profitable occupation, often moving to countries where they can earn an even better living, and then send remittances home to their families.
Rights-based organizations like the Network for Sex Work Projects applaud the creation of a safer workplace for most women in the Dutch sex industry, though they criticize the lack of protections for many trafficking victims, including non-EU citizens who are in the Netherlands illegally.
www.motherjones.com /news/dailymojo/2005/05/sex_trafficking.html   (1866 words)

 Research for Sex Work   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Research for Sex Work is an annual journal dedicated to the topic of research on sex work.
It aims to provide a platform for the exchange of ideas, experiences, observations and research results with regards to sex work and HIV prevention in the broader framework of health and human rights.
The theme is sex work and money, with articles on funding restrictions, contributions to development, access to life-saving medicines, and more.
www.researchforsexwork.org   (220 words)

 Sex Worker Rights and Culture
There is a wealth of poetry, art and vision produced by sex workers in their private notebooks, scribbled on scraps of paper, shared with friends and lovers, and in classes, workshops and programs.
This workshop will: 1) examine the effect of criminalization on the safety and well-being of prostitutes and other sex workers and 2) consider options to construct a model of law reform and support services that would be most effective and relevant to those working in various contexts of sex work.
For over a decade international sex worker rights supporters and human rights activists had been engaged in a battle with primarily US based prostitution prohibitionists who sought to invoke the victimization of prostitutes as a justification for further criminalization of the sex industry.
www.bayswan.org /presentations   (1579 words)

 Opinion | U.S. Requirement That AIDS Groups Sign Pledge Against Sex Work 'Sabotages' Those It Aims To Protect, ...
Although the Bush administration's pledge to spend $15 billion over five years to fight HIV/AIDS worldwide is "admirable," the administration's policy requiring groups receiving those funds to pledge to oppose commercial sex work and sex trafficking "sabotages the very victims the law purports to defend," a
The Bush administration in June notified U.S. organizations providing HIV/AIDS-related services in other countries that they had to sign a pledge opposing commercial sex work and sex trafficking to be considered for federal funding.
However, some not-for-profit organizations, while not endorsing sex work, "simply offer compassion and respect for women with no alternative," according to the editorial.
www.kaisernetwork.org /daily_reports/rep_index.cfm?DR_ID=31873   (273 words)

 Global Challenges | Resurgent Mining Industry in Zambia Boosts Sex Work, Could Fuel Spread of HIV/AIDS - ...
The province's 20% HIV prevalence is the second highest in the country after Lusaka Province, which has an HIV prevalence of 22%.
The national HIV prevalence is 16%, and long-distance truck drivers and sex workers comprise the largest groups who are at a high risk of contracting HIV,
According to a 2006 Behavioral Surveillance Survey conducted in Zambia by USAID's Corridors of Hope program, women who conduct sex work are at higher risk of HIV transmission than men and contract HIV at a younger age,
www.kaisernetwork.org /daily_reports/rep_index.cfm?DR_ID=38786   (216 words)

 More Women In Phuket Turning To Sex Work After Tsunami
She used to be waitress until the tsunami destroyed the restaurant she worked at.
She earns four times more than before but that is because she sometimes has to serve up more than just the innocent drink.
Said Mark Thomas, communications officer at UNICEF, "We are very concerned of course because whenever a young girl goes into the sex industry she opens herself up to the risk of HIV/AIDS and given this time now with tourist numbers still low girls are less able to negotiate with their clients.
spicegirls.blogster.com /more_women_phuket_turning.html   (728 words)

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