EMPOWER FOUNDATION SELECTED AS WINNER OF RED RIBBON AWARD 2008

Congratulations to the Empower Foundation from Thailand for being selected as a winner of the Red Ribbon Award 2008! This initiative is a partnership between the UNAIDS family and the Leadership and Community Program Committees of the XVII International AIDS Conference. The award honors exceptional grassroots leadership in responding to the AIDS epidemic, and will be presented at the AIDS Conference in Mexico City in August 2008.  Empower was selected from a pool of over 560 applicants.

Empower writes:

We are workers who use our brain and our skills to earn an income. We are proud to support ourselves and our extended families. We look after each other at work; we fight for safe and fair standards in our industry and equal rights within society. We are a major part of the Thai economy, bringing in lots of tourist dollars.  We are active citizens on every issue…politics, economics, environment, laws, rights, etc. We try and find the space in society to stand up and be heard. Some see us as problem makers but actually we are part of the solution. We are sex workers; we are Empower.

Visit Empower at http://www.empowerfoundation.org/

Male prostitutes, johns targeted in D.C. police sting

News about an ongoing operation by D.C. police aimed at arresting male prostitutes and the male customers who seek their services surfaced last month when a male undercover officer posing as a hustler arrested the mayor of District Heights, Md., for allegedly offering him $40 for sex.

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