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Sex workers rally in Yogya, call on govt to stem spread of HIV/AIDS

  • Bambang Muryanto and Yemris Fointuna

    The Jakarta Post

Yogyakarta   /   Tue, October 4 2011   /  05:00 am

Hundreds of sex workers took to the streets of Yogyakarta on Monday, demanding that the government take serious action to curb the spread of HIV/AIDS.

Joining the rally were women living with HIV/AIDS, transvestites, gays, lesbians, a migrant workers forum and activists.

They staged a rally outside of the venue of the national meeting on AIDS, and demanded that the government take more serious preventative measures to stem the spread of HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases.

They said they wanted the government to increase the budget allocation for HIV/AIDS prevention measures and a ban on what they claimed was bylaws that discriminated against commercial sex workers.

They also rejected the idea of closing down red light districts.

“We reject the state’s control over women’s bodies and demand respect and rights protection in HIV/AIDS pr...