Research-to-Action

Scientists call for the decriminalization of sex work

The Verge
Tuesday, July 22, 2014

A prestigious group of HIV researchers made a loud and scientifically supported plea for the decriminalization of sex work at the 20th Annual International AIDS Conference yesterday, during a presentation of seven studies published in The Lancet. The series centers around the importance of filling the gaps in sex work-focused HIV research, and providing sex workers with tools to prevent HIV infection. These steps could not only help reduce HIV infections among sex workers by up to 46 percent in countries like India and Kenya, the researchers say, but they could also help control the HIV pandemic as a whole. But to do so, the editors of The Lancet say, governments must decriminalize sex work - there is "no alternative."