Violence like this not only violates national laws and international human rights accords, it harms sex workers’ health.
Violence against sex workers in all forms—including abuse by partners and police, and violence that is endured while in detention—is linked to increased HIV/AIDS rates.
In response to these grave violations, Eastern European and Central Asian organizations are deploying innovative programs to combat violence.
In 2015, SWAN found 280 instances of physical or sexual violence among the sample of 301 sex workers interviewed.
Disturbingly, one out of five interviewees also experienced physical violence at the hands of police.
It harms sex workers’ ability to insist on condom use and choose their sexual partners.
Violence perpetrated by law enforcement is also associated with diminished use of condoms and safe injecting equipment because sex workers fear such items will be used as evidence of criminal activity.
In Ukraine, despite the fact that sex work is not illegal, sex workers are often illegally arrested, extorted, or abused by police.
To combat this, an organization called Legalife–Ukraine does outreach to educate sex workers about their rights and record accounts of police violence.Wenn du auf unsere Webseite klickst oder hier navigierst, stimmst du der Erfassung von Informationen durch Cookies auf und außerhalb von Facebook zu.Weitere Informationen zu unseren Cookies und dazu, wie du die Kontrolle darüber behältst, findest du hier: Cookie-Richtlinie.Legalife–Ukraine also works with lawyers to help sex workers receive justice.For example, law enforcement often ask for sex workers to provide sexual services in order to gain release.As soon as she was discharged, the police threatened to put her daughter into state custody if she filed a complaint. Because of stigma, sex workers face high rates of abuse and violence.