Action for REACH OUT believes that:

– every woman has the right to fair and just treatment under the law, no matter what her educational, social, religious or occupational background.

– every woman has the right to have the terms of her contract honoured and not changed without her prior consent.

– every woman has the right to be free from violence and coercion.

– every woman has the right to safeguard her own health.

– every woman has the right not to be used as a commodity

NATURE OF SERVICES:

Outreach

As a client driven organization we are constantly creating, adding and/or modifying our services, based upon what our clients have expressed as helpful and/or necessary. Presently, we are helping women with the following:

information on HIV/AIDS

limited legal advice

accompanying women through the police and legal system

giving information on support groups in women`s home countries

We have a Hotline that is open two nights a week for three hours a night, staffed by trained volunteers. The Hotline is open to all women working in the commercial sex industry [CSI] who need advice, counselling or just an open, non-judgmental person to talk to. Additionally a pager is held by a trained volunteer 24 hours a day to handle any emergencies.

We organize face-to-face outreaches with the women in Mong Kok, Shamshuipo, Tsim Sha Tsui and other districts.

Referrals

We have members who can give legal and/or medical advice when necessary.

We will act as a referral agency on the following topics:

health screening and AIDS/STD testing

temporary shelter

short term professional counselling intervention

support groups and agencies in the home country.

legal advice

ONGOING:

Research

Research on the needs of women working in the CSI.

Create an ongoing database of information on women in the CSI to be used in future research. The identities of all clients will always remain strictly confidential!

Network

Create and publish a network newsletter four times a year, covering topics such as the history of the CSI in Asia, information, letters and helpful hints from other groups in Asia, information gathered by the outreach workers, newspaper articles of interest.

Form a network of Asia organizations working in the same or similar areas.

Form a loose network of people within Hong Kong who are doing research on or working with women in the CSI.

Public Education

Sponsor guest speakers to talk on specific issues relating to the CSI, for example, AIDS/HIV education, research carried out in Hong Kong, the experiences of other groups worldwide.

Use the mass media to improve public attitudes towards commercial sex workers.

Drop-in Centre

We have opened a drop-in centre where we will hold classes on a variety of issues, including `Know your legal rights`, HIV/AIDS awareness, money management and other employment skills.

Advocacy

Study and critique government policies, practices and laws surrounding the issue of the CSI.

Place pressure upon the health industry to confront the issue of HIV/AIDS in relation to commercial sex workers.