Universal Periodic Review (UPR) 2020

Every five years the United Nations reviews the human rights record of the United States in its totality in a process called the Universal Periodic Review (UPR). Sex workers and trans people have been able to use this process to bring attention to human rights abuses. Join Penelope Saunders (BPPP), Monica Jones (the Outlaw Project), NJRUA, the Black Sex Worker Collective, and Cris Sardina (Desiree Alliance) to learn about what recommendations our communities would like to see made by the international community when the US is held accountable by the United Nations

Men Kill 17 Women in April – Evrim Kepenek (Istanbul)

Forced sex work. Men forced at least 11 women to sex work in April. This figure was 33 in the same month last year. Ten of the women who were forced to sex work were not citizens of Turkey.

Judicial process. There were at least 14 perpetrators who forced women to sex work. Only two perpetrators were arrested. At least 12 perpetrators were detained.

Explanation. The bianet Male Violence Monitoring Report only covers women who lost their lives as a result of male violence. We do not include any violence cases or crimes that are not gender-based.

Throughout the year, we keep track of unidentified murders and suspicious deaths of women in separate monthly tallies but do not add them to the number presented in the headline. At the end of the year, we examine these cases of unidentified murders and suspicious deaths to determine whether the crimes were gender-based. We add the gender-based incidents into the report.

NYC’s Sex Work Exhibition Officially Pops Off

The week-long event will culminate in a town hall with prominent New York politician State Sen. Julia Salazar (D-Bushwick, Cypress Hills, Greenpoint, Williamsburg, parts of Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brownsville,  East New York) and progressive Tiffany Cabán discussing sex industry reform legislation in New York State. 
The Stop Violence in the Sex Trade Act, a package of bills that support the full decriminalization of the entire sex industry not just workers or victims, was first introduced in New York in 2019 by Salazar. It has yet to be passed into law. - Ariama Long TIME

Murder of sex worker exposes Canada’s hypocrisy on prostitution: advocate | Alaska Highway News

In an email, his spokeswoman, Mary-Liz Power limited her comments to the Levesque case, saying the investigation launched by Blair "will determine whether or not correct protocols were followed in this case, and shine a light on which systemic changes could help ensure that a tragedy like this never happens again."
Wesley says she has been told by politicians that they realize that Canada's current prostitution laws aren't working. She says they are reluctant to act because they are worried about being portrayed as encouraging the proliferation of the sex trade. “ We know that their concern right now is whether or not decriminalizing sex work will affect their re-election chances," she said. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 16, 2020.© Copyright 2020 Alaska Highway News