On 17 December 2013, the Red Umbrella Sexual Health and Human Rights Association in Turkey launched a short video to promote the International Day to End Violence against Sex Workers.
Although it is not illegal, sex work is not considered a legitimate form of employment in Turkey.
This leads to more exploitation of sex workers in every aspect of life. Trans-sex workers are victims of police brutality and social prejudice. Without access to public health care services, they are among the most vulnerable against HIV.
As the Turkish government stays silent, the timing of this video is crucial in terms of increasing public attention before the upcoming national elections in March.
This blog by Red Umbrella Fund is crossposted from http://hivadvocates.net/advocacy-stories/reforming-policy/turkish-trans-sex-worker-makes-a-case-for-human-rights/