Regional updates: Asia and the Pacific

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Regional Board Members

Sherry Sherqueshaa (Project X), Singapore

Regional Network

The Asia Pacific Network of Sex Workers (APNSW) is a sex worker-led network whose members include national sex worker-led networks, sex worker-led organisations and community-based sex work projects representing female, male and transgender sex workers. APNSW was founded in 1994 at the International AIDS Conference in Japan and is based in Bangkok, Thailand.

News articles from Asia and the Pacific region are listed below.

Regional updates

6th May 2020 | Region: Asia and the Pacific

La NSWP está llevando a cabo una encuesta para monitorear e informar sobre el impacto de la pandemia de COVID-19 sobre las personas que ejercen el trabajo sexual y las organizaciones de trabajo sexual y sus comunidades.

6th May 2020 | Region: Asia and the Pacific

Le NSWP conduit une enquête pour suivre et signaler l’impact de la pandémie du COVID-19 sur les travailleurSEs du sexe, leurs organisations et leurs communautés.

Nous partageons les histoires et expériences des organisations autour du monde, comme elles nous sont rapportées, afin d’avoir un aperçu de ce que font les gouvernements pour soutenir les travailleurSEs du sexe, leurs organisations, et comment la communauté des travailleurSEs du sexe répond à cette crise.

29th April 2020 | Region: Asia and the Pacific

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread across the globe, sex workers are mostly being forgotten about in government responses. This week the Guardian published a report on the experiences of sex workers in New Zealand, outlining their access to emergency wage subsidies and other state benefits.

27th April 2020 | Region: Asia and the Pacific





艾滋病研究和福利中心(HIV/AIDS Research and Welfare Centre,简称HARC)通过这次Covid-19影响调查向NSWP报告了他们的经历。

27th April 2020 | Region: Asia and the Pacific

НСВП проводит опрос, чтобы следить за вилянием пандемии коронавируса на секс-работников, самоорганизации секс-работников и сообщество.

Мы делимся поступившими к нам историями и опытом организаций из разных стран мира, чтобы понять, что правительства разных стран мира делают для поддержки секс-работников и самоорганизаций секс-работников и как сообщество секс-работников реагирует на кризис.

15th April 2020 | Region: Asia and the Pacific

NSWP are conducting a survey to monitor and report on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on sex workers and sex worker organisations and their communities.

We are sharing the stories and experiences of organisations from around the world, as reported to us, in order to gain an insight into what governments are doing – and not doing – to support sex workers and sex worker organisations and how the sex worker community are responding to the crisis.

9th January 2020 | Region: Asia and the Pacific

China has brought an end to the use of forced labour as punishment for those prosecuted under anti-sex work laws. Although sex work is still criminalised in the country, national media in China has reported that the detention system came to an end at the end of December 2019, and those in custody will be released. 

26th November 2019 | Region: Asia and the Pacific

Australia's Northern Territory Parliament has voted to decriminalise sex work through the Sex Industry Bill 2019. The Bill decriminalises brothels, soliciting and indoor sex work, and gives sex workers access to workplace health and safety protections already extended to other workers in the state. 

5th November 2019 | Region: Asia and the Pacific

Singapore's Parliament has voted to amend its Women's Charter, increasing penalties for sex work-related offences.

22nd October 2019 | Region: Asia and the Pacific

Queensland has withdrawn draft laws from State parliament which would have increased police powers, shifted police and licensing authority coverage from brothels to anywhere sex work takes place, and allowed police to covertly film sex workers, following a campaign by sex workers in Australia.

23rd September 2019 | Region: Asia and the Pacific

Sex workers in Australia have praised the Government for working with sex workers to introduce a new Bill to decriminalise sex work in the state. The Bill was introduced on 18th September and aims to ‘decriminalise sex work and legalise contracts in relation to sex work’, and to ‘enhance sex worker, client and public health and safety’.

8th November 2018 | Region: Asia and the Pacific

Last week India’s Supreme Court ruled that sex workers have the right to refuse services, in a landmark case overturning a 2009 ruling in which 4 people were acquitted of rape.

9th October 2018 | Region: Asia and the Pacific

A single mother has been sentenced to 6 months in prison and 6 strokes of the rotan after she was arrested for doing sex work in the Malaysian state of Terengganu.

11th June 2018 | Region: Asia and the Pacific

NSWP congratulates Julie Bates on being awarded the Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

6th June 2018 | Region: Asia and the Pacific

NSWP congratulates Catherine Healy from New Zealand Prostitutes’ Collective (NZPC) on being made a Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to the rights of sex workers.