Sex Workers Action Group (SWAG)

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Emplacement

Kingston
Canada
Contact email: 
swagkingston@gmail.com
Who do you work with?: 
SWAG works with all current and former sex workers of any gender, but to this point most people involved have identified as women.
How are sex workers involved in your organisation?: 
Sex workers lead our organization. The make decisions, direct actions and provide education. As we currently have no active sex workers, SWAG has reduced its activities, but is ready to move back into full action if/when sex workers come forward who wish to lead
Which of NSWP priority areas does your organisation work on?: 
Oppose the criminalisation and other legal oppression of sex work and support its recognition as work
Critique the trafficking paradigm that conflates representations of sex work, migration, and mobility
Advocate for universal access to health services, including primary health care, HIV and sexual and reproductive health services
Speak out about violence against sex workers, including violence from police, institutions, clients, and intimate partners, while challenging the myth that sex work is inherently gender-based violence
Oppose human rights abuses, including coercive programming, mandatory testing, raids and forced rehabilitation
Challenge stigma and discrimination against sex workers, their families and partners, and others involved in sex work
Advocate for the economic empowerment and social inclusion of sex workers as sex workers
What are the two main challenges that the sex workers you work with face: 
SWAG provides individual support to sex workers, eduction to service providers and the public, and advocacy.
Describe other areas of your work: 
SWAG provides individual support to sex workers, eduction to service providers and the public, and advocacy.