Sex workers denied US visa hold their own AIDS conference


Sailendra Sil
AFP
July 22, 2012

photoA project coordinator (C) educates HIV-positive patients and affected family members on the modes of HIV transmission (AFP, Manjunath Kiran)

Hundreds of sex workers from around the world who said they were denied visas to attend an international AIDS conference in the United States began their own meeting in Kolkata on Saturday in protest.

Some 550 representatives of sex workers from India and 41 other countries were attending the seven-day event in the eastern Indian city, organisers said.

“Sex workers wanted to be a part of the US conference to fight the challenge of HIV/AIDS across the world,” said Bharati De, secretary of the Committee for Coordination of Indomitable Women, which represents sex workers in Kolkata.

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