2019 | Change story 4: Engaging law enforcement in reducing violence against sex workers in Mozambique

In 2013, 30 percent of annual new HIV infections occurred among sex workers in Mozambique.1 Violence is a key factor that increases sex workers’ vulnerability to HIV, as it often causes inconsistent condom use and prevents sex workers from accessing necessary support and health care. As of July 2019 in all of Mozambique’s 11 provinces, sex workers hold weekly meetings with the police to hold them accountable in regards to violence. The discussions are informed by cases of violence reported through a designated phone number for sex workers and through an online system used to report human rights violations.

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