Bridging the Gaps Sex Work Kyrgyzstan Tais Plus

Bridging the Gaps Sex Work Kyrgyzstan Tais Plus


Tais Plus works towards a strong sex worker movement in Bishkek and surrounding towns. With their activities, Tais Plus often reaches remote areas across Kyrgyzstan. National meetings, monthly thematic meetings and safety and security trainings involve more than 250 sex workers from all 7 regions. Tais Plus also runs an ambulance to provide mobile HIV and STI services for sex workers. Other activities include the implementation of mechanisms to monitor police violence against sex workers, advocating for residence registration and human rights based services for sex workers and strengthening networks between sex workers and human rights non-governmental organisations. Tais Plus continuously promotes anti-discrimination legislation by governmental institutions regarding sex work.

Project details

Time frame
01 July 2016 - 31 December 2020
€ 345,721
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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 Tais Plus include increased access to health care for sex workers, better understanding of human rights and health in relation to sex work to support lobby and advocacy and less police violence by implementing ways of monitoring police violence against sex workers.

Community groups

Every year 150 sex workers will be reached through monthly thematic meetings. 100 sex workers will be trained on human rights. 250 are reached with HIV and health counseling. 10 staff members of Tais Plus will be trained on media engagement and will be working with various platforms to promote sex workers' rights.


Widespread stigma and discrimination against sex workers in state institutions, police and medical facilities continues to exist in Kyrgyzstan. The general public is hostile and aggressive towards sex workers. Mass media stigmatizes sex workers. Sex workers are attacked, harassed and subjected to blackmail by police and nationalist paramilitary groups. Sex workers are often afraid of being excluded by their families and many sex workers lack residential and related legal documents.

One of the key populations most affected by HIV in Kyrgyzstan are sex workers (2.2%). Since 2014, the overall political situation in Kyrgyzstan has become particularly fragile. The 2010 constitutional reforms and governmental change made it hard for sex workers to enjoy quality health care and for sex worker movements to advocate for sex workers' rights.

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