Who do you work with?
SWOP works with Sex workers in NSW. This includes, female, male, trans*, Aboriginal, migrant and culturally and linguistically diverse sex workers. In brothel, street based and, strip clubs and home based settings.
How are sex workers involved in your organisation?
SWOP has a sex workers Board of Governance and is sex worker led.
Which of NSWP priority areas does your organisation work on?
Oppose the criminalisation and other legal oppression of sex work and support its recognition as work
Advocate for universal access to health services, including primary health care, HIV and sexual and reproductive health services
Speak out about violence against sex workers, including violence from police, institutions, clients, and intimate partners, while challenging the myth that sex work is inherently gender-based violence
Oppose human rights abuses, including coercive programming, mandatory testing, raids and forced rehabilitation
Challenge stigma and discrimination against sex workers, their families and partners, and others involved in sex work
Advocate for the economic empowerment and social inclusion of sex workers as sex workers
What are the two main challenges that the sex workers you work with face
Sex work in NSW is decriminalised. However stigma and discrimination are still huge barriers for SWs. We face discrimination, violence and harassment and exclusion from the public debate around sex work.
Describe other areas of your work
SWOP was established over twenty-one years ago and is Australia's largest and longest established community-based sex worker organisation focused on HIV, STI and Hepatitis C prevention, education and health promotion for sex workers in NSW. We also provide referral and support to legal advice, work on policy issues, and do both systemic and individual advocacy.