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Robbery Alert

From time to time, AFRO receives reports from fellow sisters stating that they had experienced thefts or "dine and dash ". Occasionally, fellow sisters complain that other sex workers commit thefts and the victims may be their clients or fellow sisters.
Recently, we have been informed by a fellow sister that there were several theft and robbery cases happened in hotels in Tsim Sha Tsui. The situation is found rampant.
In these cases, some stole properties from fellow sisters when they were not paying attention, some robbed them with weapons, while some took pictures of fellow sisters and threatened them not to call the police. They understand that most sex workers are afraid of revealing their identity and usually dare not report to the police. Sex workers therefore are once and again targeted.
Theft and robbery are both criminal offences. No matter what the victim’s identity is, it should not affect the punishment that the offender should receive.
Once again, we would like to encourage fellow sisters to come forward and report the cases. In addition to reclaim their properties and dignity, this is also to send a warning to the offenders, and to reduce the chance of other sisters becoming victims of crime. We understand that the case reporting process is complicated and takes time. If needed, we can accompany our fellow sister to go through the process, and to assist them to understand the legal issues, hoping that it will help reduce fear so that fellow sisters can bravely strive for dignity.

Call AFRO's 24-hour emergency hotline 2770 1002 if you have a question. AFRO can accompany fellow sisters to the police and provide support needed. 
Work Report

Professional Training Workshop

AFRO held its eighth professional training funded by the Beat Drugs Fund on 20 May. This is the first time AFRO has conducted professional training through online sharing. Fortunately, the event was well received and the participants were willing to interact online. Although we could not meet face-to-face, we learned from the evaluation survey that most participants had found the training fruitful.

Once again, we would like to extend our sincere gratitude and appreciation to Dr. Winnie YUEN and fellow sister Fei Fei for their sharing. We hope that we will soon see this pandemic end and we can have face-to-face exchange very soon.
HKCSS Sharing

On 3 June, AFRO colleagues attended the sharing session on service needs and counselling techniques for special groups of a seminar on drug rehabilitation service hosted by the Hong Kong Council of Social Service. Social Workers from AFRO took this opportunity to share the situation of sex work and drug use within the industry, and the use of multiple outreach strategies to raise concern of female sex workers in Hong Kong on drug issues. We hope that this thematic sharing could help the social welfare sector better understand the situation of sex workers in Hong Kong.

We would like to take this opportunity to express our deepest gratitude to American Women's Association of Hong Kong and The Sir Robert Ho Tung Charitable Fund for their generous support respectively for AFRO’s website development and Drop-in centre's suspended ceiling and light system replacement.
AFRO's News Reading

He fought to protect sex workers from COVID-19 and much more.
Then the virus came for him

(Los Angeles Times, 2020.05.06)

 Mexico City — On a cloudy afternoon this week, a few dozen sex workers gathered outside a subway station in downtown Mexico City to remember their longtime leader.

Wearing surgical masks to protect against the coronavirus, the women prayed and sang and lighted candles around a photo of Jaime Montejo, who had devoted his life to giving these women a measure of dignity.

"He fought for us," said Carla Enriquez Perez, who cried as she handed a white rose to each new arrival. "He fought for us until the very end"...  Read more

AFRO's Comments:

We wish we could have known about Jaime Montejo, a man who had devoted his life to giving sex workers in Mexico City a measure of dignity, at an earlier time and expressed to him how much we admire what he had done for sex workers. May he rest in peace. We hope that there will be more people in this world like him, who can see the hardships and needs of sex workers, and is willing to take action and help.


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