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The Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act (JVTA) a piece of bipartisan anti-trafficking legislation that has been criticised for its prioritisation of law enforcement, passed the US House of Representatives by 420 votes to three on 19th of May. The legislation will now head to President Obama’s desk to be signed into law.

Posted 22 May 2015 by NSWP

At a time of increased global repression and the attempted silencing of progressive voices, the AWID 2016 Forum is a space for re-imagining and co-creation. The Forum will be taking place in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil from May 5th until May 8th 2016.

AWID invites those who believe in futures free from gendered oppressions, the realisation of full rights for people and planet, and self-determination from the body to the nation.

Posted 21 May 2015 by NSWP

In 2013, UNFPA published ‘Implementing Comprehensive HIV/STI Programmes with Sex Workers: Practical Approaches from Collaborative Interventions’ or the SWIT. The resource was authored by the World Health Organization, in collaboration with UNFPA, UNAIDS, NSWP and the World Bank. It is a comprehensive global tool aiming to offer guidance on how to implement the WHO’s 2012 recommendations on HIV and Sex Work.

Posted 21 May 2015 by NSWP

In Ottawa, Canada late last month police raided 20 massage and body rub parlours in a three-day long bust that they claimed was part of a human trafficking investigation. While no criminal charges were made, last week Ottawa police announced that 11 women will be deported as a result of the raids.

Sex worker groups have spoken up against the decision to issue removal orders for the 11 women, saying that undocumented workers in Canada are more vulnerable to violence and are far less likely to come forward as witnesses to report crime if they fear deportation.

Posted 20 May 2015 by NSWP

Turkish advocates have been calling for recognition of a spate of violence against trans women in the country. Over the space of two weeks, seven trans women were violently attacked in different cities around Turkey. On the 2nd of May four trans women were reported to have been attacked, including a trans sex worker named Gülşen who was stabbed in her home in Şişli by two men with a knife and skewer. Reports say that the men were known to her as previous clients.

Posted 20 May 2015 by NSWP

At the beginning of this month Honolulu police arrested more than a dozen sex working women over a weekend. Instead of charging the women with prostitution – a misdemeanor that carries a maximum 30-day jail sentence – they were instead charged with sexual assault in the fourth degree. If convicted, the women would have to register as sex offenders.

Honolulu police spokeswoman Michelle Yu said, in a statement, that the police operation was prompted by public complaints.

Posted 11 May 2015 by NSWP

Transgender Europe’s Trans Murder Monitoring project (TMM) has just published a report in advance of the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT), which will be marked on the 17th of May 2015. The report details a total of 1,731 cases of reported killings of trans and gender-diverse people from January 1st 2008 to December 31st 2014 in all regions of the world. Analysis of the data shows that 65 percent of all murdered trans and gender-diverse people (whose profession was known) were sex workers.

Posted 11 May 2015 by NSWP

Geneva–Representatives of U.S.-based sex worker rights organisations are in Geneva, Switzerland, meeting with members of the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC), and advocating for greater human rights protections. The HRC will hold its quadrennial Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the U.S.’ human rights record on May 11th at 9am (3am EST), at the U.N. in Geneva. The UPR is a peer-based review process, through which the human rights record of each member state of the U.N.

Posted 8 May 2015 by NSWP

NSWP is seeking to recruit a consultant to create a briefing paper that addresses the needs and values of sex worker communities in creating safe and secure use of data and population estimates, and which will highlight the issues and harms associated with mapping sex workers and using unique identifier codes. NSWP will consider applications from individuals (and teams) interested in working as consultant/s (based in or outside of the UK).

Posted 4 May 2015 by NSWP

The Global Fund partnership has launched a human rights complaints procedure as part of its commitment to protect and promote human rights in the context of fighting AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.

Posted 28 April 2015 by NSWP

Earlier this month, there was news from Spain’s Catalonia region that, prior to the municipal elections that will take place in late May and the regional elections in September, a new group had been established to lobby candidates on behalf of sex workers.

Posted 24 April 2015 by NSWP


Maggie de Vries on this TED Talk exposes her own life story in order to expose the stigma and discrimination around sex work.

Maggie remarks on how she had to come to terms with the life that her sister Sarah lived.

Posted 21 April 2015 by NSWP

The Global Network of Sex Work Projects (NSWP) is currently inviting individuals with a commitment to promoting the health and human rights of sex workers to apply to volunteer with the communications and information management team. NSWP exists to uphold the voice of sex workers globally and connect regional networks advocating for the rights of female, male, and transgender sex workers. It advocates for rights based health and social services, freedom from abuse and discrimination, and self-determination for sex workers.

Posted 21 April 2015 by NSWP

The Open Society Foundations have released an updated version of their 2012 brief "10 Reasons to Decriminalize Sex Work". The brief has been updated to reflect the most relevant arguments, and the latest news and evidence, that suggest the decriminalisation of sex work is the policy that best protects the rights, health, and safety of sex workers.

Posted 21 April 2015 by NSWP

In yet another conflation of sex work and human trafficking, the Canadian province of Saskatchewan will no longer allow licensed strip clubs because of concerns about “human trafficking and sexual exploitation.”

The Premier of Saskatchewan, Brad Wall announced last month that his government would reverse its decision to allow licensed strip clubs because of concerns about human trafficking and sexual exploitation.

Posted 20 April 2015 by NSWP

At a meeting in St. Lucia earlier this month, NSWP member group, the Caribbean Sex Work Coalition (CSWC) was invited by the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS, which is made up of Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, British Virgin Islands, Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, Saint Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines) to be part of a Regional Coordinating Mechanism.

Posted 20 April 2015 by NSWP

A report for Edinburgh council’s health and social care committee has found that the city’s sex workers are facing increased health risks following a police crackdown on saunas.

Posted 20 April 2015 by NSWP

In the United States, the Georgia House has approved a constitutional amendment charging strip clubs to “help combat child sex trafficking.”

The charge would be $5,000 or one percent of revenue on adult entertainment businesses, whichever is greater. The funds will apparently go towards a new commission responsible for coordinating services for victims of child trafficking, although details on this are very vague.

Posted 15 April 2015 by NSWP

In late March, the Spanish parliament passed a controversial “gagging law,” (known as “ley mordaza”) which includes provisions that rights groups say infringe on the rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly.

Posted 13 April 2015 by NSWP

In Spain, Catalonia is preparing for municipal elections in late May and regional elections in September. With that in mind, a new group has been established to lobby candidates on behalf of sex workers.

The Assembly of Sex Work Pro-rights Activists of Catalonia, is made up of sex workers and allies and is backed by the leftwing party CUP, and Barcelona en Comú, a coalition of parties and civic associations putting forward its own candidate for mayor in Barcelona’s municipal elections.

Posted 9 April 2015 by NSWP

The Rainbow Leaders is a leadership training program, offered to activists – leaders in the Global LGBTI movement. Organisations working on sex workers' rights are also encouraged to apply!

Already more than 100 leaders have been admitted to the first three cycles. Now we are ready to start the application process for Rainbow Leaders cycle 4. Altogether 25 LGBTI leaders from different countries and regions are going to work together this fall!

Go directly to the application form

Dates for Cycle 4:

Posted 9 April 2015 by NSWP

PROUD, a sex workers association is organising a large demonstration of sex workers to protest against the continuing closure of window brothels in Amsterdam on Thursday April 9th. Amsterdam city council will be debating the controversial project 1012 that evening. PROUD, who represents sex workers in the Netherlands, will deliver a list of grievances and demands to the mayor of Amsterdam, Eberhard van der Laan.

Posted 8 April 2015 by NSWP

NSWP values diversity and encourages applications from individuals with sex work experience but also welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

Our core values are:

Posted 7 April 2015 by NSWP

Despite repeated debunkings of the link between large sporting events and trafficking, hysteria inevitably persists in the run up to every major sport event. With Toronto’s Pan Am Games scheduled to take place in July, church groups have already begun promoting the idea that the city will see an explosion of sex trafficking cases as a result.

Posted 7 April 2015 by NSWP

The #FacesOfProstitution hashtag has been filling up social media timelines since March 29th  when a Sydney based sex worker started it in response to an offensive blog post by a fundamentalist Christian organisation was reposted on Mamamia, a popular Australian online women’s magazine. The hashtag trended worldwide on BBC Trending  and has united sex workers across the globe in solidarity against the offensive stereotypes employed by anti-sex work campaigners to undermine the power of sex workers. 

Posted 7 April 2015 by Anelda Grové