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Information about the country: Georgia (Georgian: საქართველო, tr. Sakartvelo) is a country in the Caucasus region of Eurasia.

Human Rights 2015: an overview by Amnesty International

HIV/AIDS rates: 4900 persons in 2011.

HIV prevalence among sex workers: 1,9% in 2008/09.

Legal situation around sex work: Sex work is punishable by a fine. If a person is caught while getting money for sexual services, the person is likely to face a fine of 10 USD. In practice, sex workers are arrested not for sexual services, but for disorderly conduct in public places in a state of intoxication (by alcohol).

Sex workers clients are not criminalized.

The Penalty Code also punishes the following crimes:

  • Coercion into prostitution by violence, threat of violence, property distruction, blackmailing or deception: a fine or imprisonment for up to 2 years, or up to 7 years if this is done by an organized group or towards a knowingly underaged person or for profit from involvement of an underaged person into prostitution. (Art. 253)*
  • Renting a space or a an apartment for prostitution: a fine or imprisonment for 2 to 4 years. (Art. 254)*
  • Imvolvement of an underaged person in prostitution without violence, threat of violence or deception: imprisonment for 2 to 5 years. (Art. 171)
  • Crimes against humanity: any action made within a wide-scale or systematic attack on civil population or civil persons through... turning into sexual slavery, coercion into prostitution... is punished by imprisonment for 12 to 20 years or life imprisonment. (Art. 408)
  • Human trafficking: imprisonment for 7 to 12 years with stripping of the right to hold ranks or to activity for up yo 3 years. (Art. 1431)

* For an action foreseen by this article a legal entity is punished by a fine, stripping of the right to activity, or liquidation and a fine. 

Services for sex workers: Screening, condoms and lubes provision, redirecting to treatment, NGO "Tanadgoma" is providing the services. There is the Global Fund in the country.

Sex workers’ movement: None.

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By ekaterina on Apr 26th, 2018

SWAN is proud to present its Annual Reports for the years 2016 and 2017. The Annual Reports highlight the activities and achievements of SWAN in 2016 and 2017. These activities include capacity building and community mobilization activities, advocacy tools and opportunities, regional projects and initiatives as well as a glimpse in SWAN major internal processes.

By ekaterina on Dec 22nd, 2017

A Memorandum to create an EECA Regional Communities Consortium has been signed on December 20, 2017 in Kyiv, Ukraine. The goal of the Consortium is to unite the efforts of key populations networks of Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EECA) in developing a long-term multi-country program on increasing efficiency and sustainability of national HIV strategies in the region.

By ekaterina on Dec 17th, 2017

17 December 2017 marks the 14th annual International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers. For fourteen years, sex workers around the world have used this day to highlight the need for action to end violence against sex workers. The issues faced by sex workers often vary from region to region, due to different laws, social and cultural contexts, but one common issue faced by all sex workers is their vulnerability to and experience of violence.

By ekaterina on Nov 30th, 2017

To mark World AIDS Day 2017, SWAN and ICRSE, two regional networks for sex workers’ rights in Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia join individuals, organisations and other networks in uniting in the fight against HIV globally, and remembering those who have died from AIDS-related illnesses. Together, SWAN and ICRSE are publishing this joint statement to continue to highlight the key issues sex workers face in relation to health and HIV. We invite sex workers and allies in our region to join us in marking #WorldAIDSDay by including these HASHTAGS on social media and help us raise awareness of the importance of sex workers’ rights in the fight to end HIV and ensuring nobody is left behind!

By ekaterina on Jun 2nd, 2017

Today, on 2nd of June 2017, we mark The International Sex Workers’ Day. On this day in 1975 French sex workers occupied the Saint-Nizier church in Lyon for 8 days in a desperate attempt to call attention to their worsened working conditions. On 10th June at 5 o'clock the Church was brutally raided and cleared by police forces.

By ekaterina on Mar 15th, 2017

SWAN, within the Regional Platform EECA, has developed a video and community guide  on the community’s engagement in Global Fund supported processes on the national level.

By ekaterina on Dec 6th, 2016

Between 10 th -12 th November, 2016, in Budapest, Hungary, SWAN in collaboration with IWRAW Asia Pacific hosted a Regional Meeting to discuss follow-ups on Concluding Observations given by the Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW Committee) to 10 countries in the CEECA region - Georgia, Hungary, Lithuania, Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Ukraine.

By ekaterina on Jul 14th, 2016

A regional training on the SWIT (Sex Worker Implementation Tool) took place in Budapest on 21-25 June 2016. Teams from 7 countries attended the training: Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Georgia, Macedonia, Serbia. Among them were female, male and transgender sex workers.

By maria on Dec 17th, 2015

Today marks the 12th annual International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers. For twelve years, sex workers have used this day to highlight the need for action to end violence against sex workers.

By ekaterina on Dec 11th, 2015

The Sex Workers’ Rights Advocacy Network (SWAN) and NSWP have hosted a training on sex worker advocacy and the implementation of rights-based HIV/STI programmes in Budapest, Hungary. The participants - from Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Georgia - discussed the barriers sex workers face when advocating for their rights and the possible solutions to these barriers based on the SWIT tool.

By ekaterina on Jun 17th, 2015

Training on STI prevention and general approaches of WHO/UNFPA/NSWP/World Bank and sex workers' community towards the implementation of clinical and supportive services for sex workers

By ekaterina on May 8th, 2015

The mission of the association is to improve the quality of life of the women living with HIV, and the ones vulnerable to HIV.