NSWP collects documents and other materials about sex work and makes them publicly available on our website. The resources go back to 1992 and contain documents and photographs about the development of the sex worker rights movement, policy position papers from sex worker organisations around the world, academic papers about health, labour, legal frameworks, and migration, and NSWP briefing papers and publications, including Making Sex Work Safe and the NSWP peer-reviewed journal Research for Sex Work.

We focus on providing resources that support the core values of NSWP but we also include and critique some resources that do not promote our perspective.

Resources are organised by theme, region, year, language and resource type, so that they can be easily browsed. The search feature can be used to find resources on specific issues by entering in key words or authors’ names.

Note that resources that are available in French, Spanish, Chinese and Russian are on the language specific sections of this website.

NSWP is developing Research for Sex Work as a platform for building a broader collaboration with academia, initially through an email listserv to which members will be asked to nominate academics and community researchers.

The Strategic Plan outlines the mission, values, goals and strategies of the Global Network of Sex Work Projects (NSWP) in 2016-2020. What does NSWP do, and why? The Strategic Plan describes it in detail.

A 6 page community guide summarising the Sex Workers Who Use Drugs: Ensuring a Joint Approach briefing paper. The community guide highlights the specific needs and rights of sex workers who use drugs.

This joint briefing paper by NSWP and INPUD highlights the specific needs and rights of sex workers who use drugs, as a community that spans two key populations. This document provides an overview of some of the most endemic and substantive ways in which sex workers who use drugs face double criminalisation and associated police harassment, intersectional stigma, compounded marginalisation and social exclusion, heightened interference and harassment from healthcare and other service providers, infantilisation, pathologisation, and an associated undermining of agency, choice, and self-determination. A 6 page Community Guide is also available.

The Global Network of Sex Work Projects (NSWP) stands by Human Rights Defender Alejandra Gil and Amnesty International’s decision to adopt a policy to protect the human rights of sex workers, including the full decriminalisation of sex work.

The NSWP Strategic Review is a review of the 2010-15 strategic plans of NSWP. The review was led by an independent consultant. It used five research methods: a survey of all NSWP members, consultation with selected members, in-depth interviews with key stakeholders, a focus group discussion with staff and a literature review. The NSWP Strategic Review aims to inform the development of a new NSWP strategic plan for 2016-20.

Download this resource: SW Digest Issue 13 July - Sept 2015.pdf

This is the 13th issue of NSWP's quarterly newsletter ‘Sex Work Digest’, covering the period July - September 2015. 

Features in this issue include: Decriminalisation updates from Scotland, New South Wales & South Africa; the raid at; Amnesty International’s resolution on sex work; and the WHO early release guideline on ART and PrEP.

Resources featured include: new NSWP Smart Guide’s on SWIT & the Global Fund; Research for Sex Work 14; and Economic Empowerment Programmes for Sex Workers in Africa.

This resource is in English.  You can download this 9 page PDF above.

Download this resource: NSWP Annual Report 2014.pdf

The Annual Report highlights the activities and achievements of NSWP in 2014. These activities include capacity building, providing technical support to regional networks and the development of advocacy tools that bring the human rights of sex workers very strongly into focus.

Download this resource: NSWP Statement rentboy com.pdf

NSWP, the Global Network of Sex Work Projects, emphatically condemns the actions of the USA’s Department of Homeland Security and federal prosecutors in New York for the raid on the offices of and the arrests of seven of its staff members.

Download this resource: R4SW 2015_issue14_PDFV.pdf

Research for Sex Work 14: Sex Work is Work is a peer-reviewed publication for sex workers, activists, health workers, researchers, NGO staff and policy makers. It is available in English and Spanish. All issues of Research for Sex Work can be found here.

Download this resource: Smart Guide to HIV and Sex Work.pdf

Prior to the 2010 International AIDS Conference, the Smart Person's Guide to HIV and Sex Work was released in order to clarify current policy and action items relating to HIV and the role of sex worker organisations in responding to this

The Smart Sex Worker’s Guide to SWIT provides a short summary of the key points in ‘Implementing Comprehensive HIV/STI Programmes with Sex Workers: Practical Approaches from Collaborative Interventions' or the 'SWIT', in plain English. The guide can be used by sex workers and sex worker organisations who are designing or running programmes for sex workers. It may also be useful as an advocacy tool when advocating for rights-based services.

The Smart Sex Worker's Guide to The Global Fund is aimed at sex workers as a quick reference guide to help sex workers understand the Global Fund and its complex structures.

This guide for journalisists was written and put together by individuals who work for Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) in South Africa that advocate for sex worker rights, and specifically the decriminalisation of sex work.  In their work, they have come across dangerous journalistic practices and unethical behaviour by journalists, writers, editors and researchers. They are part of a consortium of organisations that compiled a resource for journalists and writers entitled Sex Workers and Sex Work in South Africa – A Guide for Journalists and Writers.

Download this resource: TAMPEP Briefing Paper 2015.pdf

This briefing paper calls for the decriminalisation of sex work and sets out Tampep International’s arguments against the abolitionist feminist lobby groups that work to undermine the promotion of policies that seek to decriminalise all aspects of sex work.

These guidelines were developed by Stella, l’amie de Maimie for instances where Stella’s participation is sought in research projects. The document sets out some guiding principles both on the part of the researchers and Stella.

You can download this 2 page resource as a PDF above. This resource is in English.

This document sets out the standards that Wonetha expect researchers and other inquirers to maintain when carrying out research. Standards pertain to anonymity, reimbursement of costs incurred by sex workers and staff in taking part in research.

You can download this 1 page resource as a PDF above. This resource is in English.

Research into sex work is all too often perpetrated upon the sex worker community by outsiders who use individual sex workers as a bridge to gain access to participants. In recent times, sex workers have begun to demand appropriate payment from researchers who need our assistance and have critiqued research that is sloppy or morally biased.