Research for Sex Work is a peer-reviewed publication intended for sex workers, activists, health workers, researchers, NGO staff and policy makers. It is published every year by the Global Network of Sex Work Projects (NSWP). Each edition explores a different theme in each edition. Research for Sex Work is produced in partnership with an NSWP member and under the guidance of an editorial board. All submissions are reviewed by sex workers – making it truly peer-reviewed by experts in sex work.
The 14th issue of Research for Sex Work: Sex Work is Work was released on August 27, 2015. It is available in English and in Spanish.
- Editorial (NSWP Secretariat)
Sex Worker Politics and the Term ‘Sex Work’ (Elena Jeffreys)
This article explores the origins, use and meaning of the term ‘sex work’.
Beyond Sex Work as Work (Kata D’Adamo)
This research article explores how the sex workers’ rights movement can build solidarity with other sectors of intimate labour, specifically domestic workers, in its fight to have sex work recognised as work.
The German Prostitution Law: An Example of the ‘Legalisation of Sex Work’ (Hydra e.V.)
This articles outlines the benefits and shortcomings of German sex work laws.
Support for Sex Workers as Occupational Support? (Ursula Probst)
This research investigates sex workers’ opinions on support services in Berlin, Germany.
Criminal, Victim, or Worker: The Impact of New York’s Human Trafficking Intervention Courts on Sex Workers (Audacia Ray and Emma Caterine)
This research explores the impact of the Human Trafficking Intervention Courts through studying 364 cases in New York.
United States Organising (Cris Sardina (Desiree Alliance), Penelope Saunders (Best Practices Policy Project-BPPP) and others from local communities in the US)
This article discusses sex worker organising in the United States. It's full title is 'United States Organising: It Is Not Okay to De-Legitimise Sex Work Under Guise of Trafficking and End Demand'
Sex Workers Talk About Occupational Health in New York City (Sarah Elspeth Patterson, M.Ed. and Zil Garner Goldstein, FNP, Persist Health Project)
Peer-led health services provider Persist researched sex workers' experiences and with health services, as well as and what sex workers themselves wanted.
The Influence of Time to Negotiate on Control in Sex Worker-Client Interactions (Chris Atchison, Cecilia Benoit, Patrick Burnett, Mikael Jansson, Mary Clare Kennedy, Nadia Ouellet, and Dalia Vukmirovich)
This large, Canadian research explores the perceived control and power within interactions between sex workers and their clients.
Report on Experience: Decriminalised Sex Work and Occupational Health and Safety in New Zealand (NZPC)
This article looks at the development and effects on occupational health and safety of the New Zealand model of decriminalisation of sex work.
The ﬁrst seven issues of Research for Sex Work were published by VU University Medical Centre in the Netherlands. Since 2004, the resource has been published by the NSWP. Previous issues focused on peer education (1998), appropriate health services (1999), empowerment (2000), violence (2001), migration/mobility (2002), human rights (2003), ethics in health care and research (2004), law enforcement (2005), money (2006), sex workers’ rights (2008), pleasure (2009), violence (2010) and HIV (2012).
Research for Sex Work continues to offer its unique mix of articles from sex workers, sex work projects, and researchers; this invaluable combination provides insight from diverse perspectives.