To Protect and Serve: How Police, Sex workers, and People who Use Drugs are Joining Forces to Improve Health and Human Rights. Open Society Foundations. (2014)

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Sex workers and people who use drugs are frequently subjected to registration by name in police databases, repeated stop and frisk procedures (including at health clinics or drug dependence treatment facilities), and forced testing for illicit drug use and sexually transmitted infections, including HIV. Extortion, harassment, and physical and sexual abuse by police are routine. For their part, police see sex workers and people who use drugs as participants in crimes and a threat to public order and, in many cases, are responding to explicit instructions to detain, arrest or displace them.


Keywords: HIV, needle, condom, stigma, discrimination

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