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Summer 2015


University of Miami School of Law




AHMED: I am going to speak today about how anti-trafficking efforts are undermining HIV best practices. I hope to explore a series of questions: Why has the anti-trafficking movement become so counterproductive for sex workers? Finally, how do debates on trafficking travel and impact women in countries heavily impacted by HIV?

I thought I would begin by giving a little bit of history and context on the issue of feminism, sex work, and HIV. When HIV was first discovered in the 1980s, the initial response was almost universally coercive and stigmatizing towards the communities that were at high risk for contracting HIV. In the United States HIV conservative politics and perspectives silenced an effective HIV response.


Taken from the symposium: Converge! Reimagining the Movement to End Gender Violence.

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