The Right(s) Evidence – Sex Work, Violence and HIV in Asia: A Multi-Country Qualitative Study

30 Jan 2015


In 2011, a research partnership among United Nations agencies, governments, sex worker community groups and academics was formed to address gaps in knowledge regarding the links between sex work, violence and HIV in Asia. A multi-country qualitative study: The Rights(s) Evidence: Sex Work, Violence and HIV in Asia was developed, with research carried out in Indonesia (Jakarta), Myanmar (Yangon), Nepal (Kathmandu) and Sri Lanka (Colombo). The objective of the study was to better understand female, male and transgender sex workers’ experiences of violence, the factors that increase or decrease their vulnerability to violence and how violence relates to risk of HIV transmission. This regional report presents an analysis of the findings from the four country sites. 

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