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Sex Worker Rights

Sex Worker Rights

The Open Society Foundations work to ensure that people who are stigmatized because of their sexual practices, sexual orientation, or gender identity have access to quality health and social services and can effectively advocate for their rights.

Recent Work

Voices
In South Africa, Sex Workers Arm Themselves with the Law  

As a criminalized group, sex workers risk abuse form both clients and police alike. Now, sex workers in South Africa offer each other support and legal advice, empowering one another to realize their rights.

Voices
How Police Can Arrest the Spread of HIV  

Across the globe, HIV rates are climbing among sex workers and people who use drugs. A novel approach to law enforcement is changing that.

Voices
Police and HIV Prevention: A Crucial Partnership  

Sex workers and people who use drugs bear the brunt of new HIV infections. But a novel approach to law enforcement is changing this.

Voices
A Deafening Silence Over Forced Sterilization in Uzbekistan

Every year, tens of thousands of women throughout Uzbekistan are sterilized without their informed consent—and often even without their knowledge. Why isn't the international community condemning it?

Fact Sheet
HIV and the Law: Women Living with HIV

This fact sheet highlights findings by the Global Commission on HIV and the Law on women living with HIV, and offers information and language that may be useful for advocacy.

Fact Sheet
HIV and the Law: Sex Workers

This fact sheet highlights findings by the Global Commission on HIV and the Law on sex workers, and offers information and language that may be useful for advocacy.