Central & Eastern Europe and Central Asia: Police raids and violence put sex workers at risk of HIV

Crago, A.-L.; Rakhmetova, A.; Karadafov, M.; Islamova, S.; Maslova, I.
December 2008
HIV/AIDS Policy & Law Review;Dec2008, Vol. 13 Issue 2/3, p71
In most of the countries of Central & Eastern Europe and Central Asia, sex workers report very high levels of abuse from police, particularly in the context of police raids. In this article, based on an oral presentation at the conference, the Sex Workers' Rights Advocacy Network (SWAN) report on the results of a study conducted among sex workers in several countries in the region. The authors make the link between police violence and general violence, and between violence against sex workers and vulnerability to HIV infection. The authors advance a number of recommendations, including that sex work be decriminalized.


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