HUMAN TRAFFICKING, HIV/AIDS AND THE SEX SECTOR
American University Washington College of Law and
The Center for Gender Health and Equity
American University Washington College of Law
Human trafficking and forced labor are global human rights abuses. Over the past eight years, the United States has supported some excellent programs but it has also adopted an ideologically-driven approach to the sex sector that harms women and their families, increases the vulnerability of people in the sex sector to violence, trafficking and HIV infection, prevents health care workers from accessing sex workers and does nothing to prevent trafficking. Sex workers who do not want to be ‘saved’ are being subjected to violent raids and rescues and some of them are being arrested, abused and deprived of their livelihood. Recipients of U.S. funding must sign a pledge that undermines their ability to work non-judgmentally and collaboratively with sex workers to stop trafficking, child prostitution and violence, and fight HIV/AIDS. This symposium brings together international and U.S. experts to share experiences and discuss the ways in which the Obama Administration can create new U.S. policies on human trafficking and HIV/AIDS that are consistent with international human rights standards, best practices in public health, and grounded in reality.