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By ekaterina on Mar 14th, 2016

A SWAN member, who is also a sex worker and an activist is interviewed for opendemocracy.net

By ekaterina on May 28th, 2015

An interview of Elena Tsukerman to Dafna Rachok and "Politychna Krytyka (Political Critique)" online magazine about "Legalife" and on situation of sex workers in Ukraine

By ekaterina on May 18th, 2015

Our colleagues from Toronto developed some necessary framework shifts in talking about exploitation of migrant sex workers, based on the document from the USA about Reconceptualizing Approaches to Human Trafficking. Through the outreach work with migrant workers in Toronto, and decade of dedication to sex worker organizing in Hong Kong - here are some necessary framework shifts in talking about exploitation of migrant sex workers, that can be used when working with media.

By ekaterina on May 2nd, 2015

Even if you break the Administrative Code, it is not the reason to allow a crime against yourself.

By admin on Sep 26th, 2012

“Why Do They Take Our Condoms, Do They Want Us to Die?”

by Rachel Thomas, Public Health Program, OSI

Several years ago a sex worker in Macedonia told me that she'd had condoms with her when she was taken into custody by law enforcement, and that the police refused to return her money or condoms when she was released. It was late, and home was too far away to walk, so she had unprotected sex with a client in order to afford the bus. Over the years, I've heard similar stories from sex workers around the world. Criminalizing Condoms, a 6-country report released today by the Open Society Foundations, documents the legal and illegal confiscation of condoms by police and the grave repercussions on sex workers' lives and health.

By admin on Dec 15th, 2011

Interview with Žaneta, 47 years-old Bratislava

How long have you been working in the sex industry?
Z: Four years.

How did you start?
Z: I was involved with guys, the classic relationship, but everyone wanted me only after I had sex with them. And because every woman also has her needs, a few time, I have. But when it’s the next day and they didn’t call or anything. I felt stupid, a low sense of self. For two years I had a lover, only for sex. It was not out in the open. There was no courtship, no invitations on trips, to the lake, or to the cinema. It was simply about sex but I still had to love him. It was always just the night, and then I had to head back home to my house in Bratislava.

By admin on Dec 14th, 2011

Aliya Rakhmetova, SWAN Coordinator: I met Vantala (her nickname) at the International AIDS Conference. She came there with the drug users' community from Ukraine and was mostly participating in discussions around harm reduction and drug use in the region. She is a human rights activists, who supports rights of drug users and sex workers. So I thought it might make sense to look into the reality in which sex workers who use drugs live in Ukraine. The interview was held in Russian and I took short notes, so I hope I didn't miss anything.

AR: Tell me about yourself.
V: When there was nothing to sell or steal from home to support my drug habit, I had to think about other ways to find money. By the looks men gave me it was obvious that I was attractive. So I started to provide sexual services… It wasn't difficult. I knew about sex from movies. After getting paid I would go to the other end of the city to my dealer to buy drugs. The next evening everything started again.
Surprisingly, in 3 years of my sex work experience I never was harassed by the police. Maybe my expensive outfit looked more like a young girl going to a party?

By admin on Sep 26th, 2011

In September issue read about:

-10 things which you need to do this month. One of them is: Be a fighter- fight for your rights, fight for your success, fight for the things which make you happy, fight for the happiness of your loved ones)
- prostitution in the temples
- Women's baths and houses during the Old Roman Empire
- Terminology (bisexual, homosexual, heterosexual, inter-sexual, homophobia ext.)
- Sex therapy
- Happy birthday Virgo!

Use online translation to understand Macedonian STAR newsletter  :)

By admin on Jun 30th, 2011

In this issue read:
*STAR opens its new office to involve more sex workers
*Find out the meaning of the terms sex worker and sex work
*Confession of a sex worker (an interview with a Serbian sex worker who works in Vienna.
Read in Macedonian

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