Erratum & Updates

  • In the originally published version of "Risks, Rights and Health", the following sentence was included on p 41: "In New Zealand, sex work has recently been prosecuted under the same law that officially decriminalizes it." The sentence is not accurate and has been deleted from current on-line versions of the report. It will not be included in hard copies of the report distributed in the future.  
  • At the time of the original publication of "Risks, Rights and Health", the European Parliament had not yet made a final decision on whether or not to ratify the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA). Subsequent to original publication, the EU Parliament made a decision on 4 July 2012 to not ratify the agreement. On-line versions of "Risks, Rights and Health" now include the following additional sentence on p. 82: "ACTA caused such controversy that on 4 July 2012, the European Parliament declined to ratify European Union participation in the Agreement." 
  • In response to statements contained at page 40 of the Commission’s report regarding ILO’s position on whether sex work should be recognized as an occupation and on the contents of the ILO Recommendation concerning HIV and AIDS and the World of Work, 2010 (No. 200) ILO makes the following comments:
    “The ILO is not mandated to make any recommendations with regard to whether or not sex work should be recognized as an occupation by its Member States. The ILO Recommendation concerning HIV and AIDS and the World of Work, 2010 (No. 200) is applicable to all workers. Sex workers are not excluded from its scope of application. The standard establishes key human rights principles to guide HIV responses in formal and informal work settings. These principles include non-discrimination and gender equality, particularly non-discriminatory access to HIV-related prevention, treatment, care and support services for all workers. The Recommendation calls for governments to take measures, in consultation with most representative organizations of employers and workers, to provide for effective protections against HIV-related discrimination and to provide for their effective and transparent implementation.”