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We are pleased to announce the publication of the 14th issue of Research for Sex Work, ‘Sex Work is Work’

Research for Sex Work is a publication intended for sex workers, activists, health workers, researchers, NGO staff and policymakers. It is published annually by the Global Network of Sex Work Projects (NSWP) and is governed by an Editorial Board consisting of sex workers, staff of support organisations and researchers.

Posted 27 August 2015 by NSWP

The Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations, (AFAO), the national body whose membership is made up of national peer-led organisations, including, Scarlet Alliance, the Australian Sex Workers’ Association; the Australian Injecting and Illicit Drug Users League (AIVL); and the National Association of People with HIV Australia (NAPWHA); recently published a series of articles in its flagship magazine-style publication,

Posted 25 August 2015 by NSWP

The Global Network of Sex Work Projects (NSWP) thanks Amnesty International for standing firm with sex workers and passing the resolution calling for the full decriminalisation of sex work.

Sex workers and sex worker rights activists across the world have been campaigning tirelessly these past few weeks to highlight the importance of a call for the full decriminalisation of sex work. Many sex worker groups and allies across the world wrote to Amnesty International’s Secretary General in support of the proposed policy on sex work. One such letter, from Empower Foundation in Thailand - which has been advocating for the rights of Thai sex workers for over 30 years - wrote:

“Criminalization has not led to increased human rights or reduced abuses; it has only led to more stigma and more real crimes.’

Amnesty International joins other major international agencies such as UNAIDS, WHO, Human Rights Watch, the Lancet, GAATW in the call for the full decriminalisation of sex work. Sex workers and our allies’ campaign for the full decriminalisation of sex work to: Promote safe working conditions and labour rights for sex workers; Increase access to health services and reduce sex workers’ risk of HIV and STIs; Increase sex workers’ access to justice; Reduce police abuse and violence; Help to tackle exploitation and coercion when it does occur.

NSWP membership comprises 237 sex worker-led organisations in 71 countries across the globe, including local organisations as well as national and regional networks. Our regional networks in the Global South and Global North represent many thousands of sex workers who actively oppose the criminalisation and other legal oppression of sex work.

Posted 11 August 2015 by NSWP

Trabajadoras Sexuales Organizadas e Independientes, Bailarinas de Table Dance, Meseras, y empleadas de diferentes lugares de trabajo, realizaron este 30 de Julio día Internacional contra la Trata de Personas, una marcha para protestar contra los operativos realizados por la Fiscalía de Trata de Personas de la Procuraduría del Distrito Federal. Con mantas y pancartas exigieron el alto a las acciones ministeriales que las victimizan y las violentan como resultado de la ley de trata de personas.

Posted 11 August 2015 by NSWP

En Coatzacoalcos Veracruz se violaron los derechos de un trabajador sexual, esta violación fue debido a por vivir con VIH se le despido de su  empleo que era un bar.

Posted 11 August 2015 by NSWP

The Asia Pacific Network of Sex Workers (APNSW) has written a letter of support to Amnesty International. Amnesty is under intense pressure from anti-sex work campaigners for their proposals to support the call for the decriminalisation of sex work. APNSW is a sex worker-led regional network that promotes the health and human rights of female, male and transgender sex workers. APNSW represents 31 organizations in 23 countries.

Posted 10 August 2015 by NSWP

Rose Aliance, the Swedish sex worker organisation has written a letter of support to Amnesty International. Amnesty is under intense pressure from anti-sex work campaigners for their proposals to support the call for the decriminalisation of sex work. Rose Alliance is a young organisation founded in 2009. Historically, sex workers in Sweden have found it very difficult to organise for their rights. Sex workers tell of how challenging it is to speak out about their rights as sex workers in a country that only recognises the right not to sell sex. Since the beginning of Sweden's sex worker rights movement’s in the mid-70s, the narrative on sex work has gone from bad to worse. First sex workers were described as, 'social outcasts with a history of abuse, then emotionally damaged who were unfit to be parents, passive bystanders who had bad things happening to them.'

Posted 10 August 2015 by NSWP

Empower Foundation, the Thai sex worker organisation has written a letter of support to Amnesty International.

Posted 7 August 2015 by NSWP

The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) have written a letter of support to Amnesty International (AI). The letter commends Amnesty’s draft policy on the decriminalisation of sex work – described by UNAIDS Executive Director, Michel Sidibé, as a ‘critical rights issue’. Mr Sidibé writes:

Posted 6 August 2015 by NSWP

In Charleston, West Virginia, a sex worker killed a man in self-defense, later to discover that he may have been a serial killer.

The 45-year-old man, named Neal Falls, arranged to meet the woman, identified only as Heather, through Backpage.com. When he arrived at the woman's home, he was armed with a gun and allegedly asked ‘Live or die?’ when she opened the door then began choking her.

Posted 31 July 2015 by NSWP

The Global Network of Sex Work Projects (NSWP) is launching ‘The Smart Sex Worker’s Guide to SWIT’.

In 2013, The WHO together with UNFPA, UNAIDS, UNDP the Global Network of Sex Work Projects (NSWP) and the World Bank published ‘ Implementing Comprehensive HIV/STI Programmes with Sex Workers: Practical Approaches from Collaborative Interventions' or the SWIT as the document has become known, The SWIT reaffirms that the health of sex workers doesn’t happen in a vacuum, and that countries should work towards the decriminalisation of sex work, and the empowerment and self-determination of sex working communities, as a fundamental part of the fight against HIV. The SWIT is available in French, Spanish, Russian and English at present. Links to the foreign language versions can be found here (scroll down to end of article for links).

Posted 31 July 2015 by NSWP

The Global Network of Sex Work Projects (NSWP) is launching ‘The Smart Sex Worker’s Guide to The Global Fund’ at the first Global Fund workshop taking place from the 1st to the 7th of August hosted in Nairobi, Kenya. This first regional workshop in a series of 5 aims to strengthen the capacity of female, male and transgender sex workers to engage meaningfully in Global Fund processes.

This guide is aimed at sex workers as a quick reference guide to help sex workers understand the Global Fund and its complex structures. The guide is helpful to sex worker organisations who are already receiving funding from the Global Fund as well as to those who hope to receive funding from the Fund in the future.

Posted 31 July 2015 by NSWP

In an effort to network, build solidarity, increase understanding and contribute towards greater tolerance between the Singaporean sex worker and Muslim communities, Project X, Singapore’s sex worker advocacy network, invited a prominent Muslim speaker, Mr. Mohamed Imran, to a weekly sex worker discussion group, Kopi Session.

Posted 30 July 2015 by NSWP

NSWP has mobilised in support of Amnesty International following the recent backlash against Amnesty International’s Resolution and draft policy calling for the decriminalisation of sex work, which is tabled for adoption at their International Council Meeting, 6-11th August 2015.

The Amnesty International resolution ‘REQUESTS the International Board adopt a policy that seeks attainment of the highest possible protection of the human rights of sex workers, through measures that include the decriminalisation of sex work’.

Posted 29 July 2015 by NSWP

In mid-July, a 20 year-old transgender sex worker was shot dead in Georgetown, Guyana, apparently following an altercation with a client, which, some reports say, may have been a case of mistaken identity.

Posted 27 July 2015 by NSWP

Australian sex workers in the state of Victoria have formalised the program for the 2015 Festival of Sex Work.

Posted 22 July 2015 by NSWP

The conference theme “AIDS in Post 2015: Linking Leadership, Science & Human Rights” engages the whole continent and all stakeholders in the post MDG framework, where sustainability of the response in reaching 90, 90, 90 of UNAIDS will not be possible if Human rights are not key prio

Posted 20 July 2015 by NSWP

Australian sex worker network and NSWP member Scarlet Alliance published their report: ‘Stepping up to the evidence on HIV and Sex Work: Decriminalise Sex Work Now! Sex Workers at AIDS 2014’ last week. This much anticipated report demonstrates the strong sex worker presence at the 20th International AIDS Conference - AIDS 2014 in Melbourne, July 2014.

Posted 20 July 2015 by NSWP

The online classified web site Backpage.com, long used by sex workers as a low-cost means of advertising their services and screening clients, has announced that it is allowing users to post ads for free to the adult services section of its site.

Posted 13 July 2015 by NSWP

In April 2015, the Open Society Foundations convened a meeting of experts and advocates concerned about the future of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, particularly in the areas of preserving support to important programs in middle-income countries.

Posted 8 July 2015 by NSWP

The Red Umbrella Fund gives grants to sex worker-led groups and networks that are registered or unregistered. In 2015, we expect to make about 12 core funding grants to local and national sex worker-led organisations and networks. The Red Umbrella Fund is the first global fund guided by and for sex workers. Sex workers themselves are the best positioned to know what is needed for them, and best placed to do something about it. The Red Umbrella Fund aims to mobilise resources to help strengthen and sustain the movement in achieving human rights for sex workers.

Posted 7 July 2015 by NSWP

Last week, in the Parisian neighbourhood of Belleville, 40 migrant Chinese sex workers participated in a rally organised by STRASS and Steel Roses denouncing the increase in police harassment.

Posted 3 July 2015 by NSWP

In the aftermath of Canada’s new “end demand” style policy on sex work, migrant sex workers (including those with legal status) are being swept up in crackdowns and police sweeps, which they say are endangering them.

Posted 3 July 2015 by NSWP

On Tuesday the 30th of June, MasterCard announced that its credit cards can no longer be used to pay for ads on the Backpage.com website, following a request from Chicago’s Cook County Sheriff Thomas Dart, who claimed the site is used by sex traffickers. The following day Visa announced that it, too, would no longer allow its credit cards to be used to make transactions through the website.

Posted 3 July 2015 by NSWP