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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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By Aliya on Sep 18th, 2008

On September the 4th the first seminar for journalists was held in Slovakia to help media reporters understand better human rights issues, stigma, violence, corruption and health problems that sex workers encounter on a daily basis. Similar seminars will soon be organized in other countries in the SWAN network. More

By Aliya on Sep 18th, 2008

An information and advocacy campaign was launched in August 2008 at the streets of Bratislava. Its aim is to increase awareness of street sex workers about their human rights.

By Aliya on Sep 17th, 2008

Lack of funding from the national Anti-drug Fund might soon result with closure of all harm reduction service providers in Slovakia. Since the country became an EU Member in 2004 most of the donors have left. EU funding is not available, leaving it to the national governments to foot the bill. After spending all their savings, SWAN member Odyseus has funds to fully operate till September. Odyseus alone estimates a gap of 23.000 euros in order to operate till the end of the year. More in a report by Peter Lazovy. More

By Aliya on Feb 5th, 2008
By Aliya on Sep 14th, 2007