Resources

Sex workers constitute a key group affected by HIV, with multiple factors contributing to their vulnerability. Around the world, much HIV programming falls short of taking these factors into account and actively working towards their reduction. This failure can only result, at best, in temporary respite which privileges some sex workers over others, rather than serving to empower the sex worker community as a whole, enabling them to work safely and protect themselves.

This is the Report of the Committee on HIV/AIDS which documents the discussions leading up to the drafting process of ILO Recommendation No. 200 on HIV/AIDS and the world of work (you can download this document as a separate source by following this link).  

Download this resource: ILO Recommendation No. 200.pdf

The first international labour standard on HIV and AIDS in the world of work was adopted by governments, employers’ and workers’ representatives from ILO member States at the International Labour Conference in June 2010.

Download this resource: Stella_RapFor_Ang_small.pdf

‘The XXX Forum’ entitled “Celebrating a Decade of Action, Designing Our Future,” was a first of its kind in Quebec. It was a historical moment, a time for dialogue and for sharing our thoughts on how to support sex workers all over the world. This meeting allowed us to consolidate a system for community support by and for sex workers, and to attack the stigma that affects people who do sex work.

Download this resource: My_Work_Should_Not_Cost_Me_My_Life.pdf

On December 20, 2013, the Supreme Court of Canada rendered a landmark decision that substantially reshaped Canada’s legal framework regarding adult sex work. The case of Bedford v. Canada resulted in the striking down of three provisions of the Criminal Code: the communication, bawdy-house and living on the avails laws. The Court found that these three provisions violate section 7 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms (the “Charter”) given their negative impact on sex workers’ security of the person.

A number of people are excluded from the process and benefits of development because of their sexuality. Policies designed to lift people out of poverty, to provide employment and access to crucial services, all too often exclude those who do not conform to ‘normal’ sexual or gender identities. In many countries, this exclusion is also enforced through law.

Download this resource: Positive SW Demands.pdf

HIV prevention efforts are being scaled up globally, to target sex workers as a key affected population in the HIV response. The voices and experiences of sex workers living with HIV are too often rendered invisible: this means that the additional needs and rights of sex workers living with HIV are often overlooked in forums that support the rights of general populations of people living with HIV. This paper sets out the demands of positive sex workers articulated by sex workers themselves.

This resource is a handout produced by an NSWP member.

Caught with your pants down? We promise not to leave you in the cold. These simple tips come from the pros just for you.

You can download this 2 page document above. This resource is in English.

This resource is a handout produced by an NSWP member.

It is a useful guide to a variety of tools to help you reduce your risk of getting or transmitting an STI (Sexually Transmitted Infection). The ways to help prevent HIV transmission do not necessarily work to prevent other STIs. 

You can download this 1 page document above. This resource is in English.

This resource is a handout produced by an NSWP member.

Escorts from HOOK pulled their experience to bring you this list of tips to keep you giving your all on and off the clock!

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Download this resource: HOOK_resource_Client-guide.pdf

This document is a handout produced by NSWP members.

You want the best connection, and we want the best connection. This handout gives you seven tips to make you into a bonafide expert client. If you are working, share this with clients to keep them in the know!

Download this resource: HOOK_resource_Cop-card_english.pdf

This resource is a handout produced by NSWP members.

Frisking may sound like a good time, but the reality is far scarier.This handout offers important tips.

You can download this 2 page document above. This resource is in English.

This document is a handout produced by an NSWP member.

Often, interpreting a client’s intentions is tough –this simple guide helps to make sense from common client phrases.

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This resource is a handout produced by two NSWP members.

If you are looking for a doctor while working in the sex industry these tips will help you find the right phyisican.

You can download this 1 page document above. This resource is in English.

Download this resource: Access to Medicines.pdf

One of the initial advocacy priorities identified by NSWP+ (a platform for positive sex workers and others committed to equal rights for sex workers living with HIV)  was treatment access and joining the campaign against trade related restrictions and patents used by large pharmaceutical companies to make huge profits from essential medicines.

This resource is a handout produced by an NSWP member.

It includes five smart and simple tips for maintaining healthy personal boundaries while working in the sex industry.

You can download this 1 page document above. This resource is in English. 

This document is a handout produced by an NSWP member.

Let’s face it: some escorts and their clients are going to PARtY and play! Harm reduction believes people have the right to make informed decisions about what they put into their bodies, including drugs. But how do you keep yourself safe? Here are a few tips to keep YOU safe!

You can download this 1 page handout above. This resource is in English. 

Download this resource: Global Report English.pdf

This global report pulls together the regional reports documenting good practice in sex worker-led HIV programming to provide a global overview.

A global project to identify and document best practices undertaken by sex workers in carrying out programmes related to sex work and HIV; to identify and document issues of sex workers and their access to HIV‑related treatment and the impact of free trade on this access; and to identify and document the impact of programmes relating to HIV directed at sex workers which fail to include a human rights‑based approach.

Download this resource: Regional Report Africa.pdf
This report documents good practices for sex worker-led organisations in four African countries including Kenya, Uganda, Cameroon, and South Africa. The organisations documented are:
  1. Bar Hostess Empowerment and Support Programme (BHESP) in Kenya,
  2. Aids ACODEV Cameroon in Cameroon,
  3. SISONKE in South Africa, and
  4. Women’s Organisation Network for Human Rights Advocacy (WONETHA) in Uganda.
Download this resource: Regional North America.pdf

This document summarises the experience of sex workers through examples of best practices that serve to share the development of politically influential tools; to strengthen sex workers’ group efforts to become effectively involved in the development of policies and programmes that help to amplify their voices both at regional and international levels.