9 to 5…”Sex Workers” Unite against discrimination
Following a one day sex workers conference held earlier this week, a National
Sex Work Coalition has been formed to address the many concerns of sex workers countrywide.
Among some of the areas of concern to the sex workers are police harassment, ill-treatment by hotel owners and bar tenders and stigma and discrimination.
Many of the sex workers said that they are doing an honest living and they believe that they should be respected for the job they do.
The one day conference was organized by the Caribbean Vulnerable Committee in collaboration with the Guyana Rainbow Foundation, an organization established to address the concerns of marginalized groups in Guyana.
Representative of GUYBOW Colleen McEwan noted that while many of the sex workers have raised a number of human rights issues, the Coalition will be working closely with the women to be involved in skills building and literacy programmes.
This new organization of sex workers is being supported by the Caribbean Vulnerable Committee (CVC), and other international and regional agencies that advocate for sex workers rights.