How I became empowered

My name is Allen and I live in Uganda. I do sex work in Wandegeya, a neighbourhood in Kampala. In my country, sex workers have to face stigma and are often arrested by the police and imprisoned. I used to fear police officers so much. However,…

I work with happiness in my heart

          Hoa Luc Binh: 'If outreach workers wouldn’t exist, how would the lives of sex workers be?'My name is Hoa Luc Binh and I live in Vietnam. I want to share with you an unforgettable story which came to me while I was doing…

Stopping the undeclared war

Sex workers and other people living with HIV face a lot of challenges in Ukraine. I have been on ART for a long time. I used to receive drugs for a period of six months, which made it possible for me to move freely in the country and abroad.…

It all started very promising…

My name is Minh Hang and I want to share a personal story with you. I live in Vietnam and earn my money as a sex worker. One day I had a shocking experience that I will never forget. It all started very promising. My colleagues didn’t have…

I do sex work to support my children and myself

My name is Rose and I live in Uganda. My husband has passed away and left me with four children to take care of. About three months after he deceased, we got heavy rains and floods of water demolished our house. At that time, we had no place…

How I became a sex worker – A true story

My name is Mariam and I live in Uganda. I’m a woman of 34 years old and I have three children, all of them girls. In 2008, one of my children died at the age of seven. She was the last born. After her birth in 2001, I was suggested to have…

How a poor girl from the village became an outreach worker in Saigon

My name is Linhngo. I’m a woman of 35 years and I live in Vietnam. I was born in a poor family and had to work while still going to school: carrying water, picking coconuts and selling lottery tickets. Often I had to wake up at 2 in the morning…

A punitive war on drugs is ineffective

Edo: ‘Human rights violations against people who use drugs have increased in Indonesia.'In a period of one month, eight of my colleagues were caught by the police at a hotspot where drugs are used. In exchange of hefty bribes the police let…

‘Yes, I am gay, but I have a right to live, love and be loved’

My name is Dung. I’m a man of 28 years living in Vietnam. I’ve gone through a long period of depression and loneliness. For years I wanted to find an answer to this question: ‘Who am I?’ When I was 18, I found out that I felt attracted…

Being a male sex worker in Vietnam

My name is Thuan and I live in Vietnam. I am a male sex worker in Ho Chi Minh City, formerly named Saigon. I grew up without my father and was raised by my mother and grandmother. They had to work very hard to raise me and my two brothers. When…

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