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Historical/political snapshot (Wikipedia): Tajikistan, officially the Republic of Tajikistan, is a mountainous landlocked sovereign country in Central Asia. It is bordered by Afghanistan to the south, Uzbekistan to the west, Kyrgyzstan to the north, and China to the east.

Human Rights 2015: an overview by Amnesty International

HIV/AIDS rates: as of 31.12.2014 there are 5242 people living with HIV in Tajikistan (UNAIDS)

HIV prevalence among sex workers: 3,5% of sex workers are HIV-positive (UNAIDS, 2014)

Legal situation around sex work: It is illegal to solicit to sell sex in a public place and to organise commercial sex in any place. Soliciting to sell sex in a public place is a misdemeanor crime. Brothel keeping and procuring are illegal.

In 2014 the Interior Minister instructed police to crackdown on sex workers and raid brothels and to medically test sex workers for HIV and sexually transmitted diseases. Sex workers reported forced medical procedures, rape, sexual humiliation and police officers demanding sex in exchange for releasing women from detention.

In 2015 fines for sex work were doubled to 20-40 minimal wages. If sex worker is detained for the second time he can face up to 15 days in jail.

Buying sex is not illegal.

Services for sex workers: Civil organization APEIRON provides services for female and male sex workers in Afgan region of Tajikistan. NGO Buzurg and Etibor/Dignity are harm-reduction organizations, providing services for sex workers as well.

Sex workers' movement: 

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By ekaterina on Dec 22nd, 2017

A Memorandum to create an EECA Regional Communities Consortium has been signed on December 20, 2017 in Kyiv, Ukraine. The goal of the Consortium is to unite the efforts of key populations networks of Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EECA) in developing a long-term multi-country program on increasing efficiency and sustainability of national HIV strategies in the region.

By ekaterina on Dec 17th, 2017

17 December 2017 marks the 14th annual International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers. For fourteen years, sex workers around the world have used this day to highlight the need for action to end violence against sex workers. The issues faced by sex workers often vary from region to region, due to different laws, social and cultural contexts, but one common issue faced by all sex workers is their vulnerability to and experience of violence.

By ekaterina on Nov 30th, 2017

To mark World AIDS Day 2017, SWAN and ICRSE, two regional networks for sex workers’ rights in Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia join individuals, organisations and other networks in uniting in the fight against HIV globally, and remembering those who have died from AIDS-related illnesses. Together, SWAN and ICRSE are publishing this joint statement to continue to highlight the key issues sex workers face in relation to health and HIV. We invite sex workers and allies in our region to join us in marking #WorldAIDSDay by including these HASHTAGS on social media and help us raise awareness of the importance of sex workers’ rights in the fight to end HIV and ensuring nobody is left behind!

By ekaterina on Jun 2nd, 2017

Today, on 2nd of June 2017, we mark The International Sex Workers’ Day. On this day in 1975 French sex workers occupied the Saint-Nizier church in Lyon for 8 days in a desperate attempt to call attention to their worsened working conditions. On 10th June at 5 o'clock the Church was brutally raided and cleared by police forces.

By ekaterina on Dec 6th, 2016

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.

By ekaterina on Dec 11th, 2015

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.

By ekaterina on Oct 27th, 2015

The Tajik Parliament wants to abolish sex work. They are introducing harsher measures under the Administrative Liability Code, hoping this will deter sex workers from working in the industry. According to the Tajik news source Ozodi, under new and harsher rules set out in the Administrative Liability Code, sex workers caught breaking the law for the first time will be required to pay double what they paid in the past. If the same sex worker breaks the law a second time, they will face up to 15 days in jail.

By admin on Oct 23rd, 2012

By Dignity team

Due to financial support of the NSWP and organizational support of initiative group "Dignity" was able to take part in the Sex Worker Freedom Festival, which took place in Kolkata, India, on June 21-27 2012.