25 Mar 2010

UN advocate says Fiji's Crimes Decree prevents sex workers from prevention services

9:29 am on 25 March 2010

An United Nations advocate says Fiji's Crimes Decree could hinder efforts towards HIV/AIDS transparency.

The decree gives the police the right to arrest and charge sex workers, their clients, and all others involved in making money.

The coordinator of the UNAIDS Pacific Office Stuart Watson is quoted on Fijilive as saying that the decree is preventing sex workers from accessing prevention services and education resources needed to protect them.

Mr Watson says this is making it harder for all HIV advocates to respond to it.

He adds this threatens the rights and responses to HIV that empower people to avoid infection and live successfully with the illness.