KEEPING ALIVE SOCIETIES HOPE
(KASH)
“for a healthy, just and economically empowered
society”
Decriminalizing sex work
is an appropriate policy
for promoting health
and human rights for sex
workers
 Sex Work and Human Rights violations
 A discussion on human rights abuse against sex
workers cannot be complete without...
 Facts and myths about sex work
 There are certain facts and myths about sex work that give
alot of insight on the kind ...
Reality:These experiences are
criminal in nature and no one
should have to endure them
however the harsh reality is that ...
To effectively protect the health
and rights of sex workers
governments should consider
removing all criminal laws
regula...
Sec. 153- 156 penal code relating to
prostitution
Persons living on the earning of
prostitution
N.B identifying and determ...
 Through our work of intervening and
programming for sex workers it is clear
that criminalization of sex work reduces
the...
 To ensure that sex workers live without stigma, social exclusion
and fear of violence
 To ensure that sex workers reali...
 To reduce sex workers risk of HIV-most sex
workers fear that in the process of
negotiation or visible condoms will make
...
 Decriminalization is the removal of all
criminal and administrative prohibitions and
penalties on sex work including law...
 That the removal of criminal prohibitions
will lead to the expansion of the sex
workers industry. There is no evidence t...
 Research has shown that for example in
New South Wales in Australia where sex
work has been decriminalized the HIV
preva...
ASSAULTED SEX WORKER
POLICE/SEXWORKERS FORUMS
A SEX WORKER TELLS HER
EXPERIENCE TO THE POLICE
Only Rights can undo
the wrongs!!!
THANK YOU
Martha Opilli
Programme Officer,
Keeping Alive Societies' Hope (KASH)
Email: ...
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Decriminalizing sex work is an appropriate policy for promoting health and human rights for sex workers

  1. 1. KEEPING ALIVE SOCIETIES HOPE (KASH) “for a healthy, just and economically empowered society”
  2. 2. Decriminalizing sex work is an appropriate policy for promoting health and human rights for sex workers
  3. 3.  Sex Work and Human Rights violations  A discussion on human rights abuse against sex workers cannot be complete without first understanding the subjects of the victimization.  Who is a sex worker- A sex worker is someone who provides sexual services or sexual related services in exchange for money or other favours. In fact sex work is a term that acknowledges the work part of jobs in the sex industry.
  4. 4.  Facts and myths about sex work  There are certain facts and myths about sex work that give alot of insight on the kind of experiences that sex workers go through.  Myth: All sex workers are women  Fact: Although most sex workers are women, there are male and transgender sex workers.  Myth: Sex workers cannot be raped  Fact: Sex workers can be raped,beaten,robbed, assaulted and they have the same rights as everyone else. ss
  5. 5. Reality:These experiences are criminal in nature and no one should have to endure them however the harsh reality is that in practise sex workers have been pushed to a corner by the society and that has made it seem okay for sex workers to undergo all these humilations.
  6. 6. To effectively protect the health and rights of sex workers governments should consider removing all criminal laws regulating sex work, but only maintain the prostitution of minors and human/sex trafficking as criminal acts Introduction
  7. 7. Sec. 153- 156 penal code relating to prostitution Persons living on the earning of prostitution N.B identifying and determining a prostitute for prosecution ACTS CRIMINALISING SEX WORK
  8. 8.  Through our work of intervening and programming for sex workers it is clear that criminalization of sex work reduces the freedom of sex workers to negotiate condom use with clients, organize for fair treatment, and publicly advocate for their rights which has shown to increase sex workers vulnerability to violence ,extortion and health risks. Background
  9. 9.  To ensure that sex workers live without stigma, social exclusion and fear of violence  To ensure that sex workers realize their right to work safely and use justice system to seek redress for abuses and discrimination  Decriminalization reflects respect for human rights and personal dignity.  To reduce police abuse and violence-The police have always taken advantage of the sexual offences act to coerce, extort and physically abuse sex workers.  To increase access to health services-Most sex workers face forced sexual encounters by their clients and even the police and they do not report because of fear, and they even fail to obtain treatment and support after rape and abuse. REASONS /JUSTIFICATIONS
  10. 10.  To reduce sex workers risk of HIV-most sex workers fear that in the process of negotiation or visible condoms will make them more vulnerable to arrest but decriminalization will make them insist on condom use.  Decriminalization challenges stigma and discrimination and the consequences of having a criminal record i.e. in the USA people convicted of sex work are registered as sex offenders and must carry documents identifying them as such.
  11. 11.  Decriminalization is the removal of all criminal and administrative prohibitions and penalties on sex work including laws targeting clients and brothels  Provision of health services to brothels  Access to legal services to promote the health and rights of sexworkers.  Increased partnerships between sex workers and government in addressing health and safety issues in sex work Program Descriptions and methodologies
  12. 12.  That the removal of criminal prohibitions will lead to the expansion of the sex workers industry. There is no evidence to support the claim. In New Zealand a study estimating the number of sex workers in five locations throughout the country before and after decriminalization demonstrates that the Reform Act of 2003 had little impact on the number of people working in the sex industry. Lessons Learnt and Recommendations
  13. 13.  Research has shown that for example in New South Wales in Australia where sex work has been decriminalized the HIV prevalence among the general population is higher than that among the sex workers.
  14. 14. ASSAULTED SEX WORKER
  15. 15. POLICE/SEXWORKERS FORUMS
  16. 16. A SEX WORKER TELLS HER EXPERIENCE TO THE POLICE
  17. 17. Only Rights can undo the wrongs!!! THANK YOU Martha Opilli Programme Officer, Keeping Alive Societies' Hope (KASH) Email: martha.opilli@kash.or.ke Website: www.kash.or.ke

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