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Historical/political snapshot (Wikipedia): Serbia, officially the Republic of Serbia, is a country situated at the crossroads between Central and Southeast Europe, covering the southern part of the Pannonian Plain and the central Balkans.

Human Rights 2015: an overview by Amnesty International

HIV/AIDS rates: According to UNAIDS the cumulative number of HIV-infected people reported till 31st December 2014 was 3128.

HIV prevalence among sex-workers: HIV seroprevalence among sampled sex workers in Belgrade was almost the same in 2013 compared with results obtained in 2012 (1.6% versus 2%) (UNAIDS)

Legal situation around sex work: Sex work is illegal in Serbia, although being a client of a prostitute was not a criminal offense utill 2016.

In 2016 the penalties for sex work were increased. If arrested, both clients and sex workers are punished with up to 60 days in prison or fines up to 150 000 RSD (approximately 1300 EUR).

Services for sex workers:

Sex workers' movement: There is a sex worker-led organization Sloboda Prava, where sex workers are decision makers and staff.

Latest news

By olga on Dec 25th, 2006

Declaration of the Rights of Sex Workers in Europe, one of the cornerstone documents on human rights for sex workers, adopted by more then 200 delegates participating at the European Conference on Sex Work, Human Rights, Labour and Migration held 15 to 17 October 2005 in the European Parliament in Brussels, is now available in Serbian, thanks to the Jazas, SWAN Member from Serbia. More

By olga on Aug 1st, 2006

Association against AIDS – JAZAS, the SWAN member from Serbia, worked together with the Serbian Ministry of Interior to prepare a series of seminars under the title “Prevention of HIV/STI among Sex Workers”. The seminars are being organized during September and October in several main police stations in Belgrade, with an aim to sensitize law enforcement agency to the health issues surrounding street sex work. The interest seems to be huge, at the first workshop there were almost 100 participants. JAZAS prepared a new curricula for this two-day long event, using its own and experiences from abroad. “We are targeting police units that work on the street” – says Ana Krajnc, JAZAS Communications Officer – “We aim to engage the law enforcement agency to develop sensible and effective policies by considering health issues surrounding sex work. Sex work is illegal in Serbia and for example, condoms have often been used as an evidence material against sex workers.”

Contac Person: Ana Krajnc, JAZAS, Serbia
Email Address: krajnca@hotmail.com
Website: www.jazas.net

By Asel on Dec 3rd, 2005