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Arrest the Violence: Human Rights Violations Against Sex Workers in 11 Countries in Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia. The report is based on interviews with more than 200 male, female and transgender sex workers between 2007 and 2009 and chillingly documents widespread violence and discrimination against them, particularly by state actors.

Arrest the Violence is the first piece of research done under the leadership of sex workers to document human rights violations they face across Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Sex workers throughout the region report that they face verbal and physical abuse, including beatings, kidnapping, and sexual violence, by police and private citizens. Sex workers also report that police confiscated condoms as “evidence” of sex work, and subjected them to mandatory HIV testing. These are not isolated incidents. The physical, sexual, and verbal violations of sex workers’ rights are part of a pattern of abuse by police and in the community that is documented throughout the region.

The Prostitution Law Review Committee released its final report today.  This report was required to be presented within 5 years of the passage of the Prostitution Reform Act.

The report is generally supportive of the decriminalisation of sex work in New Zealand, while the research from the Christchurch School of Medicine indicates there are many advantages for sex workers in a decriminalised environment, highlighting many positive outcomes of law reform.

Edited by Daniela Dana and translated from the Italian. "This study set out with the aim of discovering how different models of prostitution policies work locally, giving particular attention to new models: “neo-regulationism”, “neo-prohibitionism” (criminalizing only the client), “decriminalisation.” The cases chosen were Amsterdam, Stockholm, and Madrid, each an example of the policies mentioned above, and then Paris, where prostitution has recently been banned from the streets on the basis of a law that is similar to Italy’s abolitionist law."

Council of Europe support resolution of Zero tolerance for forced prostitution, child prostitution and trafficking in human beings and "Talking about voluntary prostitution, they said states should refrain from criminalising and penalising prostitutes..."

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