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By adam on Oct 1st, 2006

A recently established service center in Kazan is at the moment the only institution in Russia providing anonymous and free complex medical, psychological and social assistance to sex workers
Exclusively for SWAN News by Lilia Taisheva and Nebojsa Radic
KAZAN, RUSSIA, October 2006 – Kazan, the capital of the autonomous Russian republic of Tatarstan, and its inhabitants have many reasons to be proud. Kazan is one of the largest economic, scientific, cultural centers and ancient cities of Russia. Situated some 800 kilometers to the east from Moscow, on the edge of Siberia, it has a long and rich history dating back to the Middle Age and the time of the Volga Bulgars. In the beginning of the 19th century Kazan State University (KSU) and Printing Press were founded here by Alexander I. Among others, Lobachevsky, the founder of the non-Euclidic geometry studied at KSU and was it rector from 1827 to 1846. Lev Tolstoy and Alexander Pushkin, who both lived and wrote here, immortalized the city which lays on the intersection of eastern and western cultures and boasts some of Russia's oldest architectural masterpieces. Music lovers will know that Fyodor Chaliapin was born here, and that one of the greatest 20-th century dancers, the ballet genius Rudolf Xämätulı Nureyev was Tatar.
In 2005, when Kazan celebrated its millennium, several outstanding events put the city again into the Russian media and on the world map. The 200th anniversary of the founding of the KSU was introduced into the UNESCO anniversaries list for 2004-2005. A single metro line with five stations was opened and the largest mosque in Russia, Qolsharif, was inaugurated in the city center. But the establishment of the Service Center Simona - providing anonymous and free complex medical, psychological and social assistance to sex workers – was a single event that made the city an avant-garde in dealing with contemporary social and public health issues in Russia. More

By adam on Sep 30th, 2006

This article is taken from the website of the Media Diversity Institute.
The easiest way to get rid of the human suffering inherent in sex trafficking is to recognize the world's oldest profession and legalize it, according to some Albanian legal authorities.
In one American state, Nevada, the home of Las Vegas, prostitution is legal in state inspected brothels. Amsterdam has long been known for its Red Light district featuring the famous girls in the picture windows displaying their bodies for sale.
Could legalization work in Albania…again? More

By adam on Jul 31st, 2006

Prostitutes working in the southern Hungarian city of Pécs and its surroundings have recently been subjected to tax audits by the Hungarian Tax Authority (APEH). Sex workers were first monitored by the police; data collected about their activities were handed to the APEH, which then started audit. One sex worker sued the APEH.

By adam on Jul 31st, 2006

The police has strengthened measures against sex workers in most of the big cities in Bulgaria this summer. Targets of the police actions have been street workers, clubs and apartments offering sex services. Sex work is not persecuted by the Bulgarian law, but prostitutes are routinely fined on alternative grounds. Street workers are charged for “breaking public order” or “endangering traffic”. Both street and in-door sex workers are charged for “gaining money in an immoral way”, a clause introduced by the recent Amendment to the Public Order Law (November 2005).

By adam on Jul 31st, 2006

Representatives of various organizations supporting sex workers in 9 cities in the Russian Federation (Astrakhan, Lipetsk, Syktyvkary, Tomsk, Izhevsk, Krasnoyarsk, etc.) met in St. Petersburg on July 27-29. The visit was organized by “AIDS Infoshare” (Moscow), within the program “HIV Prevention Activities among Paid Sex Workers”, which is a part of the “National Priority Health Project 2006”. The meeting was hosted by “Humanitarian Action” and “Stellit”.

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