AFRO Annual report (2019.07-2020.06
Executive Committee Report
In 2020, the whole world have to face the impact of COVID-19. Hong Kong has implemented a number of measures to reduce the risk of transmission, such as quarantines and immigration restrictions to different degrees, temporary closure of certain venues and establishments, prohibiting group gathering, advocating "work from home, study from home", maintaining social distance, compulsory mask wearing in public places, etc.
When the pandemic becomes severe, some establishments, such as bars and massage establishments, are ordered to temporarily close, affecting livelihoods of many. The AFRO Centre as well can only provide limited face-to-face services. When circumstances permit, we distribute anti-pandemic packages to workers in the sex industry through outreach services, to remind everyone to pay attention to personal hygiene and stay healthy.
In response to the changes, AFRO has further expanded its Internet-based services, such as video conferences, online talks, and delivery of constantly updated information to sex workers via online platforms and social medias.
Thanks to our colleagues for their professionalism. Even when working from home, they do not stop caring about how sex workers are affected by the pandemic and continue to seek resources for new service. At the same time, AFRO sincerely thanks all individuals and organisations for their sponsorship, in-kind donation and assistance to sex workers.
The difficult 2020 is almost over. I hope that the pandemic will be brought under control soon in 2021 and all will slowly recover, and that we can pay visit to more sex workers soon to learn about their lives in the past year.