Who do you work with?:
We are an organisation for current and former sex workers, of any gender identity, in Sweden. We organise all sex workers regardless of nationality and legal status. Our membership is also open to individuals who would be considered "third parties" as long as they are sex workers themselves and it's not in conflict with our chore values. Allies and supporters are not accepted as members.
How are sex workers involved in your organisation?:
Sex workers are involved in all levels of the organisation as we are a a sex worker only organisation.
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:
As Sweden is home to the infamous "Swedish Model" we are struggeling daily with the added stigma and discrimination this lawn is instrumental in creating. Sex workers voices are silenced and discrimination and prejudiced attitudes are present in everything from the media to contact with service providers. The added challenge is trying to prevent this harmful legal model from spreading to other countries.
Describe other areas of your work:
We work actively with organisations where we have common ground as well as community members in common such as the LGBT organisation, rights based organisation for poeple who use drugs and HIV organisation.