Better health, better lives for sex workers
Washington PostWomen and girls in the commercial sex industry including millions who were trafficked, forced or sold into the trade are overwhelmingly at risk of contracting HIV-AIDS. In Asia, Africa and the Caribbean, an estimated 60 percent to 80 percent of those in the sex industry are infected with HIV. Sound health policy requires an approach that helps liberate children and adults from the sex slave trade while securing condoms, health care and protection from police violence for those who remain. The writer is U.S. policy director of Physicians for Human Rights and its Health Action AIDS Campaign, and argues that a comprehensive approach should include several points.
—Posted: December 8, 2003
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