Activists protest the criminalisation of sex work outside the 21st International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa.
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Mobility is not only a risk factor for HIV – it is also a structural determinant in how HIV responses are designed and implemented.
Masked sex workers lead a march to mark International Sex Workers’ Rights Day.
Sex workers in South Africa are all potential criminals due to the country's regressive laws. But their status may change soon, making South Africa the first African country to decriminalise sex work.
Up in arms.
Moves to criminalise sex work are facing tough opposition from those in the industry.
Former French sex worker Rosen Hicher, centre, who marched 800km to raise awareness of the Nordic Model.
A conference highlighting the oppression of sex work was held in Melbourne over the weekend. But online protesters campaigned against the event, targeting the university hosting it.
Is the status quo really that bad? Our expert talks us through the arguments about the 'oldest profession'.
History shows us sex work is an enduring social expression of sexuality.
Rentboy.com is the oldest and most popular website for male sex workers, who pay a monthly fee to advertise to and connect with potential clients. Its fall this week will leave a void in the market.
While being supported by many sex industry groups, feminists have labelled Amnesty International's decriminalisation of prostitution a betrayal of women's rights.
Both sides of the debate claim to have the evidence, but only one is right.
The criminalisation of any aspect of consensual sex work has been shown to increase sex work stigma.
There is a wider social, economic and cultural context in which sex work occurs. The criminalisation of consensual adult sex work does not prevent violence – it exacerbates it.
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As university becomes more expensive, it seems more students are seeking other ways to pay for their education.
You don’t protect sex workers by arresting their clients.
It's time to listen to sex workers about how best to keep them safe.
The need for human contact is a less discussed side of the sex trade.
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The nordic model fails people who have limited options for sexual fulfillment.
Northern Ireland's old sectarian divides aren't as stark as they were – but old enemies are coming together in a war fought on sexual fronts.
Research has shown that when sex work is illegal, street sex workers who are victims of sexual assault are reluctant to report it to police.
There is a non-binding precedent in Victoria that allows judges to consider the victim's sexual experience when passing sentence on a sex offender – but only when the "victim is a prostitute".
The legendary club Madame Jojo’s recently announced that its doors were closing, prompting many to mourn the death of Soho. But the area has been subject to various “clean-up” campaigns throughout its…
It’s not what you think.
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Theresa May’s much vaunted Modern Slavery Bill is designed to stamp out what she describes as a “disgusting trade in human beings”, and a new report on trafficking from the National Crime Agency (NCA…
The use of sex worker testimony by playwright Peta Brady has outraged interviewee Jane Green.
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Peta Brady’s Ugly Mugs, which I saw in Sydney last week, opens with a gurney being wheeled onto the stage – on it, a sex worker who has died at the hands of a client and who, like the phoenix tattooed…
The Hon. Michael Kirby presenting a report on human rights violations in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea at the UN earlier this year.
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Watch the Honourable Michael Kirby, visiting professorial fellow at UNSW Australia, talk about how the law impacts HIV below. Michael Kirby is a former justice of the High Court of Australia, serving from…
In most developed countries, including Australia, gay and bisexual men dominate numbers of new HIV infections.
The number of new HIV diagnoses in Australia remains the highest in 20 years, according to data released today by UNSW’s Kirby Institute. While rates have remained stable over the past two years, the number…
Despite evidence to the contrary of crime and community debasement in areas where there are brothels, there remains a strong overall sense of “NIMBYism”.
Nationally and internationally, states adopt many different approaches to regulate brothels, ranging from legalisation to prohibition. But underlying all of these approaches is an ongoing assumption that…