Research for Sex Work

Research for Sex Work is a peer-reviewed publication intended for sex workers, activists, health workers, researchers, NGO staff and policy makers. It is published every year by the Global Network of Sex Work Projects (NSWP). Each edition explores a different theme in each edition. Research for Sex Work is produced in partnership with an NSWP member and under the guidance of an editorial board. All submissions are reviewed by sex workers – making it truly peer-reviewed by experts in sex work.

Latest Issue
The 14th issue of Research for Sex Work: Sex Work is Work" was released on August 27, 2015. It is available in English and in Spanish.

Contents include:

  • Editorial (NSWP Secretariat)
  • Sex Worker Politics and the Term ‘Sex Work’ (Elena Jeffreys)
  • Beyond Sex Work as Work (Kata D’Adamo)
  • The German Prostitution Law: An Example of the ‘Legalisation of Sex Work’ (Hydra e.V.)
  • Support for Sex Workers as Occupational Support? (Ursula Probst)
  • Criminal, Victim, or Worker (Audacia Ray and Emma Caterine)
  • United States Organising (Cris Sardina (Desiree Alliance), Penelope Saunders (Best Practices Policy Project-BPPP) and others from local communities in the US)
  • Sex Workers Talk About Occupational Health in New York City (Sarah Elspeth Patterson, M.Ed. and Zil Garner Goldstein, FNP, Persist Health Project)
  • The Influence of Time to Negotiate on Control in Sex Worker-Client Interactions (Chris Atchison, Cecilia Benoit, Patrick Burnett, Mikael Jansson, Mary Clare Kennedy, Nadia Ouellet, and Dalia Vukmirovich)
  • Report on Experience: Decriminalised Sex Work and Occupational Health and Safety in New Zealand (NZPC)

The first seven issues of Research for Sex Work were published by VU University Medical Centre in the Netherlands. Since 2004, the resource has been published by the NSWP. Previous issues focused on peer education (1998), appropriate health services (1999), empowerment (2000), violence (2001), migration/mobility (2002), human rights (2003), ethics in health care and research (2004), law enforcement (2005), money (2006), sex workers’ rights (2008), pleasure (2009), violence (2010) and HIV (2012).

Research for Sex Work continues to offer its unique mix of articles from sex workers, sex work projects, and researchers; this invaluable combination provides insight from diverse perspectives.

Research for Sex Work Archive