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