Youth AIDS Filipinas Alliance, Inc. (YAFA), member organization of YPEER-Pilipinas and a partner youth-led non-government organization of the Manila Social Hygiene Clinic of the Manila Health Department condemns the arrest of its community outreach worker by the Manila Police.
A group of outreach workers of YAFA, under a Global Fund-supported project, has been conducting educational services and distributing condoms to vulnerable groups such as men who have sex with men and sex workers in the red light district of Manila, particularly in Malate for the past weeks. The incident happened when one of YAFA’s outreach workers who was assigned to cater sex workers, was arrested while conducting HIV 101 along Nakpil Street at around 12:35 a.m. of October 17. The outreach worker was brought to Station 5 of the Manila Police Department citing the possession of condoms as an evidence of prostitution. Also, there were other individuals who were arrested, including young people and children.
While the situation was handled well by our outreach worker and the outreach worker was released from prison, the arrest has caused the disruption of YAFA’s provision of services to vulnerable groups, a loss opportunity for us to successfully educate our target clients about HIV & AIDS and sexually transmitted infections.
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