Sex work often criminalized, surrounded by stigma and discrimination
Worldwide, sex work is often criminalized and surrounded by stigma and discrimination. This places sex workers in a marginalised position, which makes them more vulnerable to STI’s, HIV and different forms of exploitation. Globally, female sex workers are 13.5 times more likely to be living with HIV than other women. Despite higher risk of contracting HIV, 51% lack access to prevention services.
Global movement supports advocacy for human rights of sex workers
The Global and Regional Networks of Sex Worker Projects Consortium is a global movement that supports actions and advocacy for human rights of sex workers. Good consultative process in developing the proposal and good involvement and linkage with related and interlinked key populations are reflective of each network’s capacity and needs.
“The fact that sex work is criminalized in Zimbabwe makes sex workers at risk to many sexually transmitted infections, including HIV. In most cases law enforcement agents use condoms as evidence for sex work and destroy the condoms or take them away. This jeopardizes the efforts for trying to fight the epidemic.”