UN report shows anti prostitution laws limiting HIV/AIDS control in the Pacific | Pacific Beat

UN report shows anti prostitution laws limiting HIV/AIDS control in the Pacific

UN report shows anti prostitution laws limiting HIV/AIDS control in the Pacific

Updated 19 October 2012, 10:07 AEST

A new report from the United Nations has shown how the continued prohibition of sex workers in Pacific nations is damaging efforts to control HIV and AIDS.

The report, "Sex Work and the Law" investigates the laws and enforcement practises in 48 nations across the Pacific and Asia.

In the Pacific it's found these laws are being used to limit the rights of sex workers, to deny them access to health services, and in particular HIV scanning and treatment.

Pacific Correspondent Campbell Cooney has been talking to Ferdinand Strobel who is an HIV and Health Advisor for the Pacific working for the UNDP in Suva.

He says while there are sex workers in all Pacific nations and territories, political leaders are not keen to address the issues.

Presenter:Campbell Cooney

Speaker: UNDP HIV and Health Advisor for the Pacific Ferdinand Strobel

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