RighTGuide Assessments:

Below you can find the assessment reports made by using The RighT Guide. The most recent report is on top of the list.

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Law above all and court practices; Impact of the criminalization of sex work on the human rights of sex workers and trafficked persons in Serbia 
Serbia, 2015, 
ASTRA, JAZAS and organization Sloboda Prava
In order to better understand the consequences of the existing laws relating to sex work, the project team carried out an analysis of the judicial practice in regard to the prosecution of sex work and human trafficking under the Law on Public Peace and Order and the Criminal Code. The emphasis was put on potential failures of the system to identify and recognize victims of trafficking, as well as on the (dis)respect for the human rights of sex workers and trafficked persons. The effects of the judicial practice are analyzed from the perspective of both trafficking victims and sex workers.
One particular success of the project was the active participation of the sex work community in Belgrade in the research. The research also increased the level of awareness of sex workers about the possibilities to exercise their human rights, which are guaranteed by the international conventions that Serbia ratified.
The outcomes of the project form the basis for a concerted advocacy of various NGOs to distinct between the concepts of human trafficking and sex work in the media, the law and judicial practice.

Consecuencias invisibles del rescate. El caso del Table dance
Mexico, 2015, Colectivo contra la Trata de Personas
TDP, the Mexican Colectivo contra la Trata de Personas, researched the impact of the new anti-trafficking law. The report lays down their findings and analyses the gap between what the law pretends to achieve and its actual effects on the lives and rights of both trafficked persons and sex workers. The report especially investigates the impact on table dancers. One of the most obvious effects is the increase of raids on sex businesses and the arbitrary arrest and detention of sex workers and table dancers.  

Hit & Run, Sex Worker’s Research on Anti trafficking in Thailand
Thailand, 2012, Empower Foundation
In 2010 Empower undertook a nation-wide community research project to identify and document the impact of the current Thai anti-trafficking law, policy and practice, on sex workers in Thailand, and to develop relevant and achievable solutions. Secondary aims were to strengthen knowledge and awareness amongst the sex workers community about their legal and human rights; and to build their skills to design, carry out and collate research for use in their human rights advocacy. They developed their own methodology, but used the RighT Guide, and especially the factsheets, to help them measure the human rights impact of anti-trafficking policy and practice. 

The narrow gateway to human rights, identification of trafficked persons in the Czech Republic
Chech Republic, 2011, La Strada Czech 
La Strada Czech, an anti-trafficking organisation based in the Czech Republic, used the RighT guide to examine the identification of persons trafficked into sectors other than the sex industry. The assessment shows the problems around the definition of trafficking and the obstacles that trafficked persons must overcome to access the rights and services intended for them. It shows that the Czech Republic follows the international standards of criminalisation of human trafficking on paper, but not in reality. For the study, documents and other resources were analysed and consultations were held with a working group of experts and with trafficked persons. As a result, several recommendations are proposed to overcome the obstacles in the identification of trafficked persons. One of the positive effects was a change in the relationship with government authorities because the assessment brought people together who otherwise did not talk with each other: “…We had very fruitful discussion among different actors – public prosecutors, attorneys, officials from Ministry of Interior, former trafficked person, NGOs etc. All of us concluded that it was very interesting and for some an exceptionally positive experience…” 

Human rights, sex work and the challenge of trafficking; Human rights impact assessment of anti-trafficking policy in the UK (full report)
Summary 
UK, 2010, 
X:talk  
In 2010 X:talk, based in London, made an assessment of the impact of anti-trafficking policies on sex workers. The report shows that for the human rights of sex workers to be protected and for trafficking cases to be dealt with in an appropriate and effective way there needs to be shift in the policy, legislative and administrative levels to reflect an understanding that the women, men and transgender people engaged in commercial sexual services are engaged in a labour process. The existing focus in anti-trafficking policy on migration does not address the needs, choices and agency of trafficked people, whether they work in the sex industry or elsewhere and prevents migrant and non-migrant people working in the sex industry from asserting fundamental rights. 

Report on human rights impact assessment of anti-trafficking policy in Makassar region, South Sulawesi, Indonesia
Indonesia, 2010, Solidaritas Perempuan
In 2010 Solidaritas Perempuan used the Right Guide to make a human rights impact assessment of anti-trafficking measures in South Sulawesi, one of the areas with a high number of trafficking of women and children. ON of their main findings is that, though laws on trafficking are in place, these are not or hardly implemented, leaving victims without protection. 

The anti trafficking policy in Taiwan and its negative impacts on human rights. 
Taiwan, 2010, Collective of Sex Workers and Supporters (COSWAS) and Taiwanese International Family’s Association (TIFA). 
The Collective of Sex Workers and Supporters (COSWAS) and the Taiwanese International Family’s Association (TIFA) used the Right Guide to assess anti trafficking policies in Taiwan (2010). One of their main conclusions is that the introduction of the anti-trafficking policy in Taiwan in 2006 has made no difference in changing existing problems. Trafficking victims are still subjected to forced repatriation. Sex workers are discriminated again and are seen as someone deserved to be punished and/or rescued by the system. Local sex worker are penalized with a jail sentence or fine. Migrant sex workers, if arrested, are immediately deported. Moreover, some Taiwanese laws increase the opportunity for exploitation. Domestic workers and caregivers, for example, are not covered by the Labour Standards Law which means that the law effectively permits their exploitation by their employers. In addition work visas are tied to a specific employer which discourages and makes it difficult for workers to escape exploitative work conditions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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