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General information (Wikipedia): Slovakia, officially the Slovak Republic (Slovak: Slovenská republika), is a country in Central Europe. It is bordered by the Czech Republic and Austria to the west, Poland to the north, Ukraine to the east and Hungary to the south.The population is over 5 million and comprised mostly of ethnic Slovaks.

Human Rights 2015: an overview by Amnesty International

HIV/AIDS rates: According to UNAIDS from 1985 till the 31-st of December 2014 HIV infection was diagnosed in 725 persons, out of which 595 were citizens of the Slovak Republic and 130 were foreigners. Out of 595 citizens of the Slovak Republic were 441 men and 71 women. In 78 HIV positive persons developed clinical symptoms of AIDS. Most HIV infections in the Slovak Republic was recorded in a group of men having sex with men.

Legal situation around sex work: Work in the sex industry in Slovakia is not legally treated. No law directly deals with work in the sex industry. Current criminal code (No. 300/2005) covers pimping legislation, human trafficking and people forced into prostitution. Punishments in these cases range from 1-12 years depending on the severity of the committed crime.

Services in country: NGO Odyseus is the only organization which has a special program dedicated to sex workers rights. However there are 3 other harm reduction organizations which provide needle exchange also for sex workers. Donors: SWAN, Slovak Czech Women´s Fund. No Global Fund presence in the country.

Sex workers’ movement: None

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Slovakia
By ekaterina on Jan 9th, 2017

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

Slovakia
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.

Slovakia
By ekaterina on Dec 15th, 2015

The Sex Workers’ Rights Advocacy Network (SWAN) have organized a 3 days long Community Mobilization and Media training for sex workers that took place on December 5-8, 2015 in Budapest, Hungary. There were 10 sex workers at the training, who came from the countries of SWAN region, majority of which do not have formal or informal groups of sex workers yet.

Slovakia
By maria on Dec 5th, 2015

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

Slovakia
By maria on Oct 23rd, 2015

On Thursday, October 15, 2015, CA Odyseus managed to have a work meeting with the representatives of the police in Bratislava about sex work, violence and human rights.

Slovakia
By ekaterina on Jun 11th, 2015

The police do not want to hear them, the doctors do not want to examine them, they are not served in the restaurant. Women working as sex workers face a lot of problems. It is not just about physical violence from a customer that was experienced by almost every one of them. They also suffer from the public prejudices and uncomfortable judgements. That is why Odyseus launched a campaign called "End of violence, time for rights".

Slovakia
By ekaterina on Jun 2nd, 2015
International Sex Worker Day (2nd June) is the memorable day since 1975, when more than 100 people working in the sex industry occupied the church of Saint-Nizier in Lyon to point to discrimination and violations of their rights.
Slovakia
By maria on May 6th, 2015

Slovakia
By maria on May 6th, 2015

How would you react if you find out that a woman, who you know, earned money by providing sexual services? Would you discard her or would you accept her voluntary choice of profession? Comedian Evelyn, who decided to support campaign of civic association Odyseus about violence against women working in the sex industry, also asked herself this question.

Slovakia
By Aliya on Dec 16th, 2014

Civic Association Odyseus has issued a press release to commemorate the 17 December - International Day against Violence against Sex Workers. 

Slovakia
By admin on Dec 18th, 2013

 PRESS RELEASE
Date: 17th December 2013
Contact: Sandra Pódová, coordinator of Red umbrella program
sexwok@ozodyseus.sk, 02/52494344

Opinion evidence about violence by female sex workers
17th December International day to end violence against sex workers

History of 17th December as an International day to end violence against sex workers has begun in 2003, when organization SWOP in USA organised memorial ceremony for more than 48 victims of murder from green river. This event has grown into international movement, which draws attention to hate crime and discrimination of people working in sex business.

Slovakia
By admin on Dec 17th, 2013

On International Day to End Violence against Sex Workers, Sandra from Slovakia, sends a message to the fellow sex workers and the public:

Slovakia
By admin on Dec 17th, 2013

December 17, 2013, Bratislava - Odyseus remembers this special day together with sex workers in the streets of Bratislava, Slovakia. During the outreach services there are condoms available in the special package with human rights statements, small hygienic gifts and magazines with sex workers' experience and stories but also news from the sex work from abroad. Over the hot soup and discussion we are trying to make a safer place for sex workers rights on the street."

Slovakia
By admin on Mar 8th, 2013

Contact person:
Alexandra Pódová
Coordinator of program Red Umbrella
OZ Odyseus
e-mail: sexwork@ozodyseus.sk
tel.: 02/52 49 43 44

Press release to publish on 8th March 2013
International Women's Day - to all women, even those who work in the sexbusiness!

International Women's Day - a celebration of women and their struggle for equality. 8th March is celebrated in Slovakia for many years. NGO Odyseus works with women sexworkers by program Red Umbrella.

Slovakia
By admin on Dec 21st, 2011

Individuals and groups from the CEE/CA, as well as other regions,were invited to submit testimony about the impact of different laws and HIV. SWAN submitted a submission that tried to include experiences from all across the region. Many other SWAN groups individually submitted such as HOPS (Macedonia), Lega-Life (Ukraine) and HESED (Bulgaria).

In the end, Odyseus (Slovakia), SZEXE (Hungary), TAIS PLUS (Kyrgyzstan), Association for Assistance (Russia) and SWAN were accepted to present in front of the commissioners at a regional meeting in Moldova in May, 2011.

With the generous help of the Open Society Foundation, presenters from the various groups including Katerina Jiresova, Irina Maslova, Gulnara Kurmanova, Mariann Bodzsar, Stasa Plecas from Serbia who was representing SWAN and Aliya and Anna-Louise from the SWAN network met in Chisinau, Moldova to strategize.

The group decided that the strongest strategy was to brainstorm 4 key issues as they affected groups across the region and to present as a block. One person per issue and one person to summarize and spell out the recommended actions groups were calling on the Commission to endorse.

Read the statement in English

Read the statement in Russian

Slovakia
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.

Slovakia
By admin on Dec 15th, 2011

By Anna-Louisa Crago
What is the Global Commission on HIV and the Law (GCHL)?
It is a commission put in place by the UN to study the impact of different laws on HIV-prevention, treatment and care. It also studies the impact of laws on discrimination and violence against people living with HIV or at high-risk of HIV.

The commissioners are a group of highly respected individuals and experts from around the world and include former heads of state, judges and policy experts. They are advised by a committee of technical experts with extensive knowledge about HIV and the law.

The commission is particular because it is independent of the UN. That means that the commissioners can come to their own conclusions, even if coutries within the UN or UN workers disagree with these.

What does the GCHL have to do with SWAN?

Individuals and groups from the CEE/CA, as well as other regions,were invited to submit testimony about the impact of different laws and HIV. SWAN submitted a submission that tried to include experiences from all across the region. Many other SWAN groups individually submitted such as HOPS (Macedonia), Lega-Life (Ukraine) and HESED (Bulgaria).

Slovakia
By admin on Mar 8th, 2011

Translated from INTOXI, Slovak magazine for sex workers and drug users
Not long time ago I received an invitation from Eva from Odyseus, to attend a meeting of sex workers, which was to be held in Vienna. It was a pre-meeting of huge one-week long AIDS conference, about which you read in the previous issue of Intoxi. There was also an invitation for all of us, sex workers to attend the meeting together with our outreach workers. The greater was my disappointment, when in the morning, at the train station, I in vain waited for some of my colleagues, which, together with me and Katarina, the director of Odyseus, were supposed to represent Slovakia.

Slovakia
By admin on Mar 8th, 2011

By Aliya Rakhmetova
July 16, Vienna, Austria - The International AIDS Conference (IAC) was preceded by a number of events to provide space for journalists, communities representatives, networks and researchers to make their participation in the IAC as meaningful as possible. In the framework of the IAC, SWAN was invited to hold a training with the National Press Foundation (http://www.nationalpress.org), whose primary mission is to increase journalists’ knowledge of complex issues in order to improve public knowledge.

Slovakia
By admin on Mar 7th, 2011

By Marija Tosheva, HOPS, Macedonia

On July 20, 2010, the second day of Vienna conference, SWAN organized an oral session on Sex work, mobility, migration and human rights in Europe and Central Asia. 6 experienced activists from the region, members of SWAN and TAMPEP networks, had a chance in front of an excellent audience to challenge and start a discussion on vulnerabilities and structural barriers faced by mobile and migrant sex workers to better health and human rights.

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