Asia Pacific Network of Sex Workers (APNSW)

Location

Bangkok
Thailand
Contact email: 
ttully62@gmail.com
Who do you work with?: 
APNSW is a sex worker initiated and lead organisation representing sex worker organisations in Asia & the Pacific. APNSW members include National sex workers networks, sex worker run organisations and sex worker projects representing male, female and transgender sex workers. All APNSW members share the same core beliefs that sex work is work and that sex workers should lead their organisations and projects.
How are sex workers involved in your organisation?: 
APNSW is 100% sex worker led
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: 
Stigma and Discrimination drive the issues facing sex workers in Asia/Pacific. Anti trafficking organisations continue to proliferate, particularly in SE Asia. The abolitionist lobby continues to push to introduce the Swedish Model into the region.