Research for Sex Work

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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 15th issue of Research for Sex Work: Resistance and Resilience was released on the 2nd of June, 2016. It is available in English and in French.

Contents include:

This article provides an overview of the resistance and resilience of sex workers in Lyon, France from 1972 - 1975 when they occupied the Saint Nizier Church in Lyon for one week.

This article explores the exclusion of migrants sex workers from the sex workers' rights movement in North America and provides key strategies for their inclusion.

This article provides an overview of sex worker-led programming in Kampala, Uganda.

This article provides and overview of the programming at Mothers for the Future, an organisation led by mothers who do sex work in South Africa.

This article provides a content analysis of the "Cowboy Urbain" magazine to demonstrate the resistance and resilience of male sex workers in Montréal. 

This article provides a summary of the report Nothing About Us, Without Us: Sex Work, HIV, Policy, and Organizing.

This article provides an overview of the impact of criminalisation on street-based sex workers in Toronto, Canada. 

In this article, Zahra Stardust argues that performer-centred porn in Australia is a form of sex workers' rights activism. 

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.

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