Regional updates: Global

On January 21st, HRW released their 24th annual review of human rights practices around the world. The report summarises key human rights issues in more than 90 countries and territories worldwide drawing on events through to November 2013.

On the decriminalisation of sex work, the report states on page 47: "...our call for decriminalizing simple drug use and possession (see the essay The Human Rights Case for Drug Reform in this volume), and our push for decriminalizing voluntary sex work by adults."

29th January 2014 by NSWP

The 2014 Red Ribbon Award Round is open for nominations until 31 January 2014

On World AIDS Day, 1 December 2013, UN and civil society partners jointly announced a global call for nominations for the 2014 Red Ribbon Award, intended to promote and support community organizations to respond to the AIDS epidemic. Nominations will be accepted until 31 January 2014.

26th January 2014 by NSWP

This is the sixth issue of NSWP's quarterly newsletter ‘Sex Work Digest’. 

This resource is in English.  You can download this 9 page PDF below.

23rd January 2014 by NSWP

In July 2014, Melbourne Australia will host the 20th International AIDS Conference (IAC). It is the one of the biggest gatherings for those who work in the HIV field, policy makers, persons living with HIV (PLHIV) and others who are committed to ending the pandemic.

22nd January 2014 by NSWP

On 18 January 2014, Andrew’s family and friends will gather in Bangkok to celebrate his life, his loves and to mourn his untimely departure from this world on 26th December 2013.

Guests will gather at Wat Kaew Jam Fa temple in Bangkok for the funeral ceremony which will take place from 13.00pm – 15.00 pm.

Temple Address : Wat Kaew Jam Fa [วัดแก้วแจ่มฟ้า]
476 Si Pra Ya Road, Bangrak, Bangkok
Temple Phone Number:0-2633-3864 or 081-566-7657

A short reception will follow the funeral ceremony at a venue close to the temple - 15.30pm-19.00pm.

Please let us know if you intend being in Bangkok for the funeral and reception in person. 

For people wanting to make a contribution towards the ceremony costs you can do so via paypal or direct bank transfer.

To make a Paypal transfer please send funds to - here is the link explaining how to make paypal payments -

To make a direct bank transfer please send to the following account with AndrewsCeremony as the reference.


David Denis Traynor


Bangkok Bank


333 Silom Road, Bangkok, THAILAND







5th January 2014 by NSWP

The Global Network of Sex Work Projects mourns the loss of Andrew Hunter, our President and one of the founding members of APNSW and NSWP who died in Bangkok on 26th December 2013.

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His sudden death is an enormous loss to the sex workers rights and HIV treatment activist movement, and leaves us without words at this moment as the tears flow.

Our heart and thoughts are with Dale his long-term partner, his friends and family at this devastating time. 

NSWP will collect and post tributes to his life and work on a memorial page on the NSWP website, if you have memories to share please email them to secretariat AT nswp DOT org.

26th December 2013 by NSWP

NSWP is publishing the results of a global consultation exercise, carried out with our members in every region, and now written up into all the five languages of NSWP, for December 17th, International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers.

16th December 2013 by NSWP

French lawmakers will vote on Wednesday (4th December) whether to implement a law that penalises the clients of sex workers. Legislators are proposing sanctions, including incremental fines and ultimately up to 6 months in prison for repeat ‘offenders’. The proposed legislation has as its basis the controversial ‘Swedish Model’ which incorrectly purports to ‘decriminalise’ sex workers whilst criminalising clients. The model attempts to ‘end demand’ for sexual services which proponents of the Swedish Model argue leads to increased violence against women and human trafficking. The proposals are ideologically driven rather than evidence-based and incorrectly views sex work through the prism of ‘violence against women’ whilst also irresponsibly conflating trafficking with sex work. The consultation process and proposals excluded the voices of current sex workers and the sex worker rights organisations that advocate for a rights-based approach to policy and legislation.

The French proposals for the criminalisation of clients is not a human rights-based response to sex work. NSWP stands in solidarity with sex workers and sex workers’ rights organisations in France in opposing these proposals to criminalise the clients of sex workers.

You can download the full statement as a 3 page PDF in English below.

29th November 2013 by NSWP

A new report launched recently by the Open society Foundation (OSF) examines how legal empowerment projects for various marginalised groups (including sex workers) have changed access to health services.

27th November 2013 by NSWP

A new report that looks at the intersectionality of sex work and drug use was launched at the 11th National Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific (ICAAP11).

26th November 2013 by NSWP