The Right(s) Evidence Sex Work, Violence and HIV in Asia: A Multi-Country Qualitative Study

Publications - Released in 2015

The regional report of this multi-country study contains findings and recommendations to address violence experienced by sex workers in Asia. Sex workers experience extreme physical, sexual, emotional and economic violence at work, in health care and custodial settings, in their neighbourhoods and in their homes. This violence denies sex workers their fundamental human rights — to equal protection under the law; protection against torture, cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment; and their right to the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health. Research is increasingly demonstrating how violence contributes to the spread of HIV. In Asia, the HIV epidemic remains concentrated among key populations, including sex workers, people who inject drugs, men who have sex with men and transgender people. Realizing the human rights of female, male and transgender sex workers requires an understanding of the intersecting factors that affect their safety and their protection from violence.


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  • United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
  • United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
  • Asia Pacific Network of Sex Workers (APNSW)
  • Centre for Advocacy on Stigma and Marginalization (CASAM)