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Historical/political snapshot (Wikipedia): Ukraine is a country in Eastern Europe. It has an area of 603,628 km2, making it the largest wholly European country and the second largest country in Europe.

Human Rights 2015: an overview by Amnesty International

HIV/AIDS rates: 290.000 HIV positive people as of 2014, prevalence rate among adults aged 15 to 49 is 1,2% (UNAIDS)

HIV prevalence among sex workers: 7,3% according to "Alliance".

Legal situation around sex work: Sex work is an administrative offense.

Under the Code of Ukraine on Administrative Offenses sex work is punished either by a warning or a fine of 5 to 10 untaxed minimum income of citizens (85 to 170 UAH), and if a person is caught doing sex work for the second time within a year, then the fine is 8 to 15 untaxed minimum income of citizens (136 to 255 UAH).

Purchase of sexual services is not prohibited.

The Criminal code punishes:

  • creating or maintaining of a brothel and pandering (Art. 302): a fine up to 50 untaxed minimum income of citizens or restraint of freedom for up to 2 years. If commited for profit / by a previously convicted person / by an organized group - restraint of freedom or imprisonment for up to 5 years. If commited to a minor - imprisonment for 2 to 7 years.
  • pimping or coercion into prostitution (Art. 303): imprisonment for 3 to 5 years. If commited with several persons / repeatedly / with a previous agreement among several p[eople / by an official / by a person from whom a victim was dependant - imprisonment for 4 to 7 years. If commited to a minor / by a group - imprisonment for 5 to 10 years and confiscatino of property. If commited to a minor or with aggreviating circumstances - imprisonment for 8 to 15 years and confiscation of property.
  • human trafficking is punished by imprisonment for 3 to 8 years or in case of aggreviating circumstances - imprisonment for 5 to 12 and 8 to 15 years with confiscation of property.

Services for sex-workers: In Ukraine, in 2011, HIV and STI prevention services for sex workers were provided by 54 NGOs in all regions of the country. Every client is offered a basic package of services. In 2010, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance in Ukraine piloted a peer - driven intervention project for HIV prevention among sex workers, which aimed to reach new groups of sex workers, identify their nee ds for services, raise awareness of HIV an d provide quality HIV and STI counselling and testing. The intervention was scaled up to seven sites, reaching 2 700 women engaged in sex work by September 2011. In January 2012, five new peer - driven interventions were launched. This approach has enabled N GOs to reach new sub - groups of sex workers including those working in apartments and other hard - to - reach places, those aged 14 - 18 years and those working through the internet. More than half of the project clients were aged below 25 years, the sub - group of sex workers most vulnerable to HIV and STI.

Sex-workers' movement:

Latest news

Ukraine
By ekaterina on Aug 15th, 2017

On June 27-29, 2017, SWAN members of All-Ukrainian Charitable Organization «LEGALIFE-UKRAINE» and "Tais Plus" (Kyrgyzstan) took part in a sex workers' organization meeting in Amsterdam. The meeting was organized by Aidsfonds, and sex workers from 11 countries have attended (Ukraine, Kyrgyzstan, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Indonesia, Vietnam, South Africa, Nigeria, Myanmar and the Netherlands). NSWP and the Red Umbrella Fund also attended the meeting.

Ukraine
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.

Ukraine
By ekaterina on Mar 19th, 2017

SWAN members marked the International Sex Workers’ Rights Day on 3rd of March and the International Women's’ Day on 8 of March.

Ukraine
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.

Ukraine
By ekaterina on Jan 9th, 2017

SWAN members from Poland, Macedonia, Russia, Turkey, Slovakia and Ukraine commemorated the 17th of December with different events.

Ukraine
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.

Ukraine
By ekaterina on Nov 10th, 2016

Open Society Foundations have examined sex worker-led programs that protect health and rights and have published a detailed and thoughtful report. The report describes programs in 5 countries: Kenya, Zimbabwe, Ukraine, Kyrgyzstan, South Africa. SWAN members from Ukraine and Kyrgyzstan, All-Ukrainian Charitable Organization «LEGALIFE-UKRAINE» and Tais Plus, took part in the report.  

Ukraine
By ekaterina on Oct 4th, 2016

All-Ukrainian Charitable Organization «LEGALIFE-UKRAINE» from Kirovograd held a press conference on 4th of October 2016 on the topic of "The positive and negative sides of decriminalising prostitution in Ukraine".

 

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.

Ukraine
By ekaterina on Dec 22nd, 2015

On December 17 SWAN members held different local actions to raise the awareness and commemorate International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers.

Ukraine
By maria on Dec 14th, 2015

Sex Workers Rights Advocacy Network (SWAN) mourns the sudden and untimely loss of Elena Tsukerman, the leader of Charitable Organization “All-Ukrainian League “Legalife”, who passed away on December 13 in Kyiv. 

Ukraine
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.

Ukraine
By maria on Dec 5th, 2015

On December 1, 2015 a number of SWAN members joined the commemoration of the World AIDS Day.

Ukraine
By maria on Oct 2nd, 2015

On September 18, 2015 an MP registered a draft law on the legalization of sex work in Ukraine in the Supreme Council of Ukraine without consulting with sex workers.

Ukraine
By maria on Sep 1st, 2015

As Amnesty International adopted policy on decriminalization of sex work, the police keeps on busting more places in Kyiv where sex work is done, and more politicians and authorities start discussing legalization of sex work in Ukraine, this topic gets more public attention nowadays.

Ukraine
By maria on Aug 20th, 2015

On August 3, 2015, Kirovograd oblast branch charitable organization "All-Ukrainian League «Legalife»" made changes in its name and its statute documents, hence became an independent organization.

Ukraine
By ekaterina on Aug 10th, 2015

On 7-9 of June 2015 the All-Ukrainian League "LEGALIFE" held the training in Kiev on team building and leadership for activists of the young initiative sex workers' groups from the regions.

Ukraine
By maria on Jul 17th, 2015

Ukrainian National TV channel 24 visited Elena Tsukerman from All-Ukrainian League “Legalife” in Kiev, made a 1,5 hours interview, the journalists discussed serious topics with Elena, and they even tried to dig deeply in these topics. As a result, they have made a 4 minutes long video on the topic of legalization of sex work in Ukraine. You can see the video (in Ukrainian and Russian) here. You can read the transcript of the video in English, as well as Elena’s comments below.

Ukraine
By ekaterina on Jun 22nd, 2015

June 17-18, 2015, Kyiv: UNFPA (United Nations Population Fund in Ukraine) in cooperation with the League "LEGALIFE" conducted a training on building awareness of sex workers on sexually transmitted infections (STIs) prevention and their familiarization with WHO/UNFPA/NSWP/World Bank advocated approaches to implementation of clinical and support services packages for sex workers

Ukraine
By ekaterina on May 30th, 2015

The money from this activity, in the case of legalization will replenish the state budget, according to the MP.

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