Nilay, a trans woman sex worker was found dead November 23 in her own house in Maltepe, Istanbul, several days after Transgender Day of Remembrance. Police response to an Istanbul LGBTI activist who requested information was “Already dead, why do you care?”
The Czech Republic introduces training for sex workers to provide legal, paid services to people with disabilities. Five sex workers, called sexual assistants, were trained by the Czech charity Rozkoš bez Rizika (Bliss without Risk). Their services are approved by the Interior Ministry.
SWAN is glad to present the new Community of Learning website: www.sexworkersrightscommunity.org. Community of Learning is a library/repository of knowledge, information and resources on successful advocacy tactics to defend sex workers' rights.
The Tajik Parliament wants to abolish sex work. They are introducing harsher measures under the Administrative Liability Code, hoping this will deter sex workers from working in the industry. According to the Tajik news source Ozodi, under new and harsher rules set out in the Administrative Liability Code, sex workers caught breaking the law for the first time will be required to pay double what they paid in the past. If the same sex worker breaks the law a second time, they will face up to 15 days in jail.
On Thursday, October 15, 2015, CA Odyseus managed to have a work meeting with the representatives of the police in Bratislava about sex work, violence and human rights.
The International Network of People who Use Drugs (INPUD) and the Global Network of Sex Work Projects (NSWP) have written a briefing paper focussing on the experiences, views, needs, and rights of sex workers who use drugs. The Briefing Paper discusses existing research and writing, and also includes case studies from sex worker-led and drug user-led organisations on the perspectives and experiences of sex workers who use drugs, and on how best to meet the needs of this community.