Update December 20, 2014

Dhaka 4-23 pm, 25-September, 2020

Sex-workers in the country demand social rights

Mirajul Moin Joy

A sex worker in Bangladesh. Photo-AFP

A sex worker in Bangladesh. Photo-AFP

DHAKA, Dec 20, 2014 Nirapad news : Sex-workers in the country today demanded social rights and their inclusion in country’s mainstream development.

They made the demand at the National conference of sex-workers- 2014 at city’s Kazi Bashir auditorium at Mohanagar Nattyamanch jointly organized by Durjoy Nari Shangha and Bangladesh Women’s Health Coalition.

Member of Bangladesh Law Commission Dr M Shah Alam was the chief guest of the programme and deputy Programme Manager of AIDS/STD Programme Dr M Anisur Rahman in the chair.

Bangladesh Legal Aids Services Trust (BLAST) Executive Director Sara Hossain, president of Sex-workers Network of Bangladesh Hena Akhter, country director of Save the Children, Bangladesh Nyar Iqbal, and President of Durjoy Nari Shangha Rahima Begum also spoke among others.

“There are 78 thousand 300 sex-workers across the country and 41 percent of them are floating, 54 percent are working in different brothels and 5 percent are working at hotels,” said HIV AIDS Programme Manager of the Save the Children Moushumi Amin in her key note paper.

The speakers demanded assurances of education, health facilities including other human rights for the children of sex-workers and prevent them to come in this trade.

“According to draft of ‘Disparity Abolition Act-2014’, to deprive any child from education and medical facilities for its mother’s profession is punishable offense,” said Dr Alam.

Barrister Sara Hossain said, “Sex workers remain neglected in the society till now and are deprived of their due facilities …there is no proper rehabilitation system for them after any eviction.”

At least 700 sex-workers across the country joined the conference, where they demanded a separate law for them to ensure their rights in the society.

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