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Donna M. Hughes is professor and Eleanor M. & Oscar M. Carlson Endowed Chair of the Women’s Studies Program, University of Rhode Island

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Adam Ramsay is a co-editor of openDemocracyUK.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

The 'ABC approach' to global HIV/Aids: good for women and girls

Since the late 1980s, I have focused on stopping the sexual trafficking of women and girls, and their exploitation and abuse in prostitution. This kind of work against the sexual victimisation of women and girls predated much of the growth of the Aids epidemic and of extensive medical knowledge about its causes. My understanding of the sex trade and its victims has been from the outset rooted in awareness of the harmful nature of sexual abuse and its injury to victims’ dignity, bodily integrity, and identity.

After the Bangkok conference, openDemocracy writers debate whether United States policy on global HIV/Aids is self-interested or guided by universal values:
  • Bill Bowtell, “HIV/Aids: global policy after Bangkok” (July 2004)
  • Jeremiah Norris, “Misleading the poor isn’t a policy: a response to Bill Bowtell” (August 2004)
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