SWASH - Sex Worker and Sexual Health

Location

Osaka
Japan
Contact email: 
mail.swash@gmail.com
Who do you work with?: 
We work with female or MtF Transgender sexworkers, researchers and understanding supporters.
How are sex workers involved in your organisation?: 
Sex workers are involved with making materials for health and security of sex worker. They work alongside community health nurses and/or university students, running the hot line, designing website homepages,attending workshops on nature, manners and customs as well as cooperating in research.
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: 
The main challenges that the sex workers we work with face are: the dismissal of (and refusal to recognise) the idea that sex work is work; the conflation of sex work with trafficking which confuses working women as trafficking victims; the current legal environment drives sex work underground which weakens the position of sex worker in relation to health and security aspects.
Describe other areas of your work: 
We are currently working on creating a country-wide network for a domestic civil society group as well as an international sex worker group. We also work in the field of HIV/AIDS and sex work as well as attend international meetings relevant to sex workers.