Bridging the Gaps Sex Work Indonesia OPSI

Bridging the Gaps Sex Work Indonesia OPSI


Over the past years Indonesian politics have grown more and more conservative. Different religious groups, who oppose sex work, are influencing public opinion and (local) governments and their policies. Under the Bridging the Gaps programme, OPSI works towards access to health services for all sex workers (for example through getting IDs, health insurance and drop in centers), to have no stigma and discrimination against sex workers (for example through working with journalists) and to empower sex workers and the sex worker movement through a variety of activities and trainings at OPSIs headquarters in Jakarta (OPSI National) but also at the provincial level, totaling at 18 provinces.

Project details

Time frame
01 January 2016 - 31 December 2020
€ 520,489
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Partners under the Bridging the Gaps programme aim to end AIDS among key populations. If civil society is strengthened, if fulfilment of human rights for key populations is increased and if sexual and reproductive health is improved and HIV transmission reduced, governments will be hold to account and AIDS among key populations can end. Specific outcomes of OPSI include increased access to health services for sex workers and a strong sex worker movement across Indonesia.

Community groups

To address stigma and discrimination of sex workers OPSI also targets both the seks work community and the general population. Over 200 sex workers across 18 provinces will be able to access services through OPSI's drop in centres.


2018 is an election year during which a draft Penal Code is being discussed that will among others criminalise extramarital sex. This will make it very hard to make a living as a sex worker. The government hopes to close all brothels in 2018. Healthcare facilities and healthcare workers often stigmatise and discriminate against sex workers. The lack of availability of ID cards is a barrier to accessing public health services, as ID cards are required to obtain government insurance cards, which are required to access health services. The sex worker movement is growing and strengthening as OPSI takes the lead in strengthening local branches throughout the country.

Around 48.000 new HIV infections are reported yearly. In 2016, ART coverage was 13%. The HIV epidemic is concentrated in specific provinces and high-risk groups such as sex workers. The overall population prevalence is around 0.41% (age 15 to 49).

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