RedTraSex is the Latin American and Caribbean network of female sex workers and has representation in 14 countries in the region.

RedTraSex are strategic partners, as opposed to a Linking Organisation. We started working together in 2005 and the main objective of our collaboration is to strengthen the organisational, governance and advocacy capacity of the network, focusing on its secretariat based in Buenos Aires.

In Latin America, HIV prevalence in sex workers is estimated to be around 3.5%. Poverty, gender inequalities and violence exacerbate sex workers’ vulnerability to HIV and hinders their access to HIV related services.

Psychological and physical violence by police including harassment, rape and bribery are commonplace and are mainly met with impunity. Violence perpetrated by clients is another challenge that sex workers face on a daily basis.

Although not officially criminalised in most Latin American countries, restrictions on movement and assembly in public spaces in many settings effectively constitute criminalisation of sex work at the local level.

RedTraSex was created in 1997 by national sex worker organisations in five Latin American countries. The network provides training to activists to increase awareness of their rights and how to defend them.

Peer outreach work with sex workers (c) Gideon Mendel for the Alliance

Achievements include:

  • RedTraSex has influenced changes on national policies in several countries in the region such as the sex worker identification card in Bolivia.
  • RedTraSex has engaged at the highest levels of national decision making, including liaising with Latin American presidents.
  • RedTraSex is implementing a Global Fund regional Grant supporting advocacy to improve HIV services for sex workers in Latin America

We also work with the Latin American and Caribbean network of transgender women, REDLACTRANS.