After hundreds of frustrated sex workers, who were seeking to enter the United States to participate in the 2012 International AIDS conference, have been denied US visas by immigration officers, they started conducting their own meeting in Calcutta India on Saturday in protest against the refusal.
The seven-day event in the Eastern Indian city is participated by 550 sex worker representatives from India and 41 others nations, according to its organizer.
Bharati De, secretary of the Committee for Coordination of Indomitable Women that appeared on behalf of sex workers in Calcutta, said that the sex workers who were refused US visas had only wished to participate in the US Conference to fight the global challenge of HIV or AIDS
The conference attended in India by sex workers who were denied US visas is called Freedom Festival that will contemplate on seven freedoms, which would help sex workers to reduce their susceptibility to contracting HIV.
The convention has returned to the United States since 1990 when a US law prevented HIV infected people from entering the country. The same sentiments are now shared by sex workers who felt they were banned from traveling to the US because of the US visa denial.
Over 34 million people around the world have been infected with HIV, while there are roughly 30 million have died of AIDS-related illnesses since the disease first came out in the 1980s.
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