Prostitution to resume in northern Germany after courts overturn coronavirus restrictions

Prostitutes can return to work in the northern German states of North Rhine-Westphalia, Hamburg, Bremen and Schleswig-Holstein, after the coronavirus lockdown regulations imposed earlier this year wer...

Mustang Ranch brothel eligible for coronavirus relief grant

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The famed Mustang Ranch brothel is eligible to apply for small business grants as part of money a Nevada county received under a federal coronavirus relief package, officials have dec...

Coronavirus threatens India's uninformed and isolated tribes

When India went into a coronavirus lockdown in March, the central state of Chhattisgarh had reported only six cases of COVID-19. However, the numbers in the state have now swelled to over 67,000 regis...

How Indian police contained coronavirus in Mumbai

Laxman Kanojia, a young police officer in the city of Mumbai, struggles to put on his personal protective equipment (PPE) kit before heading to a "fever camp" in the city. Despite working a...

Coronavirus dampens India's independence celebrations

Instead of large-scale and centralized celebrations, the government this year has opted for smaller ceremonies across the country to mark India's Independence Day. The reason behind it is the coro...

Indonesia's first transgender public official breaks conservative mold

As the mayor of a small village in Indonesia, Hendrika Mayora Kelan celebrated her 34th birthday last week by giving out vegetables to her community. Kelan is the first openly trans woman to become ...

Coronavirus in India: Sex workers find new ways to earn amid pandemic

When India entered its first lockdown on March 25 to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus, hundreds of thousands of sex workers across the country were cut off from their major source of income...

Rights group urges Indonesia to end caning under Islamic law

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The human rights group Amnesty International urged Indonesia on Thursday to abolish caning after two women were struck about 100 times each as punishment for offering prostit...

The Latest: Cases slow as Pakistan readies anti-polio drive

ISLAMABAD — Pakistani authorities reported 1,579 new COVID-19 cases, the lowest number in more than a month, as health officials plan to resume a much-awaited nationwide anti-polio campaign next week....

Brazil LGBTQ group hides from virus in Copacabana building

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — In a courtyard a few blocks from Rio de Janeiro’s Copacabana beach, a dozen people get settled on broken couches beneath a banner reading “Cure Your Prejudice.” They face the mak...

At Pride march in Paris, activists demand racial justice too

PARIS (AP) — While the French capital's official Pride event was delayed until November to prevent spread of the coronavirus, grassroots groups plan a march through Paris anyway Saturday — led by peop...

Sex workers lack food for taking HIV drugs during COVID-19

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — As the coronavirus spreads in Africa, it threatens in multiple ways those who earn their living on the streets — people like Mignonne, a 25-year-old sex worker with HIV. ...

Amsterdam's red-light district emerges from lockdown

AMSTERDAM (AP) — It wasn't quite business as usual Wednesday as Amsterdam's red-light district emerged from coronavirus lockdown, but it was close. “We are, of course, used to taking...

Zimbabwe's sex workers on streets despite virus restrictions

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Forced to stay home for weeks without any source of income, Zimbabwe’s sex workers, like many other informal traders, are beginning to defy the country's lockdown and return to...

Changhua councilors propose Taiwan's first lawful 'sex trade zone'

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Changhua County Councilors have proposed legalizing prostitution within a specified area with the aim of reducing crime, giving unskilled men and women access to economic ...