The Global Forum on MSM & HIV (MSMGF) would like to formally commend Amnesty International on their draft policy supporting decriminalization of sex work. We know that more than two years of extensive research has preceded your conclusions and proposals. The draft policy is critical to advancing the human rights of sex workers and addressing the violence sex workers experience in their day‐to‐day lives. You have our congratulations and our unwavering support.
Amnesty International has been receiving backlash from some high profile celebrities who are unfortunately ill-informed on this issue. We hope you will stand with us to protect sex workers by signing this petition from the Global Network of Sex Work Projects.
MSMGF supports full decriminalization of sex work and opposes the conflation of sex work with human trafficking. Such conflation of issues is stigmatizing, exacerbates violence, and reinforces legal systems that exploit, mistreat and subordinate sex workers. It also undermines public health efforts to end AIDS by creating barriers to prevention and care services.
About MSMGF: MSMGF has worked since its founding in 2006 to encourage targeted, tailored, better-resourced, and rights-based sexual health services for gay men and other men who have sex with men (MSM) worldwide, through its advocacy and technical support work. As a global network, MSMGF has successfully influenced HIV responses at the local level through shifts in global- level policies and has effectively utilized public health as an entry point for advancing the human rights of LGBT people. MSMGF currently supports programs in 15 countries.