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Prostitutes Will be Better Informed, Klaipėda

The article covers the sex work industry in Klaipėda, a Baltic port city in Lithuania. The raise in number of sex workers in the city has been followed by an increase in the incidence of sexually transmitted diseases. This makes the need to solve sex workers’ legal, health and social problems more urgent.

Sex workers are one of mostly vulnerable groups of society, who often become victims of abuse and discrimination. Although involved in illegal actions, sex workers have human rights, which should not be violated. Monitoring of the sexually transmitted infections gets too little support and attention, whereas well- organized qualified programs oriented to sex workers could enable solving some of problems in this field.

The newly established Informational Network is expected to improve informational, legal, health care and social work with sex workers.