March 31, 2009, London - The UK has recently passed the Policing and Crime bill which allows the state to seize property of a sex worker, even if there is no conviction, and makes ‘keeping a brothel used for prostitution’ a criminal offence. There are many other unintended evils for sex workers associated with this bill and why the sex workers rallied in London.
25 May, 2009, Bangkok -- Members of Thailands transgendered community speak out about what it policies would make their lives as people and sex workers easier.
May 20, 2009, Saratov -- A Russian police officer lost his position after being exposed for accepting bribes from a pimp. Read more in Russian..
May 25, 2009 -- Thai sex workers have found a creative way to fundraise to send members to the 12th National Seminar on Aids, after the government cut funding.
May 29, 2009, Vancouver -- Sheryl Kiselbach, who worked as a sex worker for 30 years and who is the violence-prevention coordinator with the Prostitution, Alternatives, Counselling & Education Society, started a legal challenge of Canada’s prostitution laws in 2007, stating that the laws criminalising sex workers increase their exposure to violence. In December, a judge ruled that Ms. Kiselbach would not have her case heard based on a technicality: Because she no longer works as a sex worker, the laws she is challenging do not cause her to work in unsafe conditions. Here is an update on her fight:
May 21, 2009, East London -- Leading up the FIFA’s 2010 World Cup soccer championship in South Africa, the question of decriminalising prostitution has become one of political and social importance for politicians and sex workers alike. The head of the National Prosecution Authority, Mokotedi Mpshe, gave his personal opinion on the decriminalisation debate by asking “What will happen to our morals if prostitution in South Africa is legalised for the 2010 Soccer World Cup?” South African sex workers responded to his comments and were none too pleased.
May. 21 2009, Seattle -- In Seattle Washington, a City Council mandate to offer courses to patrons of sex workers has run into problems.
Jun 2, 2009, Sydney -- Sex workers and the Scarlet Alliance in Australia took to the streets to mark International Whores’ Day and call on the Government to extend anti-discrimination laws to protect sex workers.
June 1, 2009, London -- Big Brothel: a Survey of the Off-Street Sex Industry in London, was published in the fall of 2008, claiming to be “the most comprehensive study ever conducted into brothels in the UK.” The report was republished almost a month before the October 8 deadline of a Home Office consultation into proposals to amend existing legislation on prostitution and brothels. 27 academics from prestigious universities across the UK and overseas have stated that the report “exhibits serious flaws in its mode of data collection and analysis”, as well as raising serious ethical questions about the methodology used to collect data. Here are two responses to the Big Brothel report:
The organization of physically challenged citizens petitions Kazakh government to legalize prostitution and to introduce a section in the state budget that would cover sexual services for physically challenged people. Read more in Russian.