|Type:||NGO working on Drugs|
|Address:||Akhunbayeva str. 96A, app.44
|Region:||Central and Western Asia|
||After a preliminary evaluation of the situation in Bishkek, a group of sex workers put forward the goal to establish sort of a trade union. In 1998 they began working on HIV/AIDS prevention, and in 2000, an NGO was officially registered and received a status of public organization. Today the organization has 23 employees, only 4 of which do not have experience in sex work or are not family members or clients of sex workers. The Board of the organization consists exclusively of sex workers.
Participation of sex workers in managing the organization ensured protection of their interests being an organizational priority. It was crucial in many delicate situations, such as HIV testing in remote Kyrgyz regions. The decision to have maximum possible financial independence allowed the organization to survive in the times of unstable funding. A unique system has been developed, motivating the employees to work on voluntary basis.
It is estimated that about 90% of street sex workers in Kyrgyzstan have been reached out by the organization during the period of 6 years of its existence. Declared level of condom use has risen to more than 90%. As a result, only 9 HIV+ cases have been registered among 2500 sex workers since the very beginning of the HIV epidemics in Kyrgyzstan.
The advocacy campaign, launched 2006, was recently successfully completed by decriminalization of sex work, in spite of the opposition from the parts of the Government and reactionary clergy. This achievement is a result of Tais Plus working directly with selected Members of Parliament and parliamentary commissions.