March on the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers 2007
On December 17 (the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers), we marched from Wanchai to the Police Headquarters to urge the police to stop their violence against sex workers. Representatives from JJJ Association, a self-support group formed and run by local sex workers, and Zi Teng staff released and presented the result of the 'Most Intolerable Violation of Sex Workers' Right' election to the police representative. This year, more than 650 people (number of voters counted up to December 17 morning) from the industry and the public joined the election. The most intolerable violation goes to the receipt of free sexual hand job service upon the superior's approval by the police undercover. In fact, top 5 violations of sex workers' rights are related to the police administration and actions.
Many local groups and supporters joined our march, like, the Women's Coalition (WC), Hong Kong Women Christian Council (HKWCC), Asian Migrant Coordinating Body (AMBC), Midnight Blue, and the League of Social Democrats (LSD). Dr Josephine Ho and Karl Yin-Bin Ning from the Center for the Study of Sexualities, Taiwan, who are always eager to support sex workers' rights movement, also joined us this year. We thank everyone for your support and participation in the march. We sincerely hope that the police will improve their administration and policy implementation, sex workers can be freed from police discrimination, abuse and violence.
2007 Election of the 10 most cruel violation of sex workers’ human rights (including the votes on website, on the outdoor display board and the signatures on the support letter)
Total no. of votes counted up to December 16 noon (multiple votes allowed): 856 votes
Total no. of votes counted up to December 17 morning (multiple votes allowed): 916 votes
Total no. of voters counted up to December 16 noon: 629 people
Total no. of voters counted up to December 17 morning: 655 people