Since 2016, Russian Sex Workers Forum evolved from a platform for discussion on HIV, to a new civil society player uniting sex workers and their allies to protect rights and health.
Our members are local, national and regional sex worker organisations and networks, across five regions: Africa; Asia Pacific; Europe (including Eastern Europe and Central Asia); Latin America; and North America and the Caribbean.
Featured member profiles highlight the work of NSWP’s member organisations around the world. The profiles are written by our regional correspondents.
All India Network of Sex Workers (AINSW) is a collective of 5 million sex workers in India.
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SWOP-USA is a social justice network fighting for the rights of sex workers, with dozens of chapters across the USA.
Voice of Our Voices is a sex worker-led organisation from Eswatini, supporting sex workers to advocate for their human rights and promote access to health services.
Strumphet Alliance Network (SPAN) is a female sex worker-led organisation in Fiji that works towards the promotion and protection of the rights of past and present sex workers through community engagement, empowerment, capacity building and advocacy.
SUCOS is a sex worker-led collective in Suriname.
AMMAR Córdoba is a sex worker-led organisation in Córdoba, Argentina, fighting for human rights and access to labour protections.
Zambia Sex Workers Alliance is a community-led organisation that seeks to promote and improve health outcomes and livelihoods of sex workers, lesbians, and gay and gender diverse people in Zambia.
Twiggy Fundación works with key populations, particularly transgender women sex workers, in Cali, Colombia.
UTSOPI is a sex worker-only organisation, working across Belgium to promote sex workers' safety and rights.
And Soppeku is a sex worker-led organisation working to challenge the legal and policy environment in Senegal.
Peers Victoria Resources Society is a peer-based organisation for anyone currently or formerly involved in sex work in British Columbia, Canada.
M.I.L.D. works to protect and promote sex workers' rights in El Salvador.
SexWorkCall was established in 2018, and is the first sex worker organisation in Romania.
Nigeria sex workers are demanding more respect and more rights, including the right to practise their profession with pride and dignity like any other person. It is with this goal in mind that Nigeria Sex Workers Association was formed to respond to challenges facing sex workers issues through:
Ecuador is located in Northwestern South America, bordered by Colombia to the north, Peru to the east and south, and the Pacific Ocean to the west. Ecuador also includes the Galápagos Islands in the Pacific, about 1,000 kilometres (620 miles) west of the mainland. San Francisco de Milagro is a city located in a coastal province named Guayas.
In September 2014, five sex workers who graduated from the Sex Worker Academy Africa (SWAA) returned to Zimbabwe and used what they had learned at SWAA to start Pow Wow: a sex worker-led movement in Zimbabwe.
Scarlet Alliance, Australian Sex Workers Association, is a national organisation focused on issues concerning sex workers in Australia. NSWP interviewed the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Scarlet Alliance, Jules Kim and Paco, the elected Male Sex Worker Representative to find out more about the work of the organisation.
PLAPERTS is an NSWP member and the regional platform for Latin America. When spelled out, the acronym stands for “Plataforma Latinoamericana de Personas que ejercen el Trabajo Sexual”, which means “Latin American Platform of People who do Sex Work.”
Which countries and/or regions PLAPERTS focused on?
PLAPERTS has members in 7 countries in Latin America including Ecuador, Peru, Colombia, El Salvador, Nicaragua, México, and Brazil.
What is the history of PLAPERTS? How and why was it formed?
KESWA is the umbrella organisation of the Kenyan sex worker-led groups based in Nairobi. The organisations include: Health Options for Young Men on HIV, AIDS and STIs (HOYMAS), Bar Hostess Empowerment and Support Programme (BHESP), Warembo Sasa, Survivors (Busia), Coast Sex Workers Alliance (COSWA), Eldoret Sex Workers Alliance (ESWA), Kisumu Sex Workers Alliance (KISWA), Coast Hostess, Smart Ladies Nakuru, Laikipia Peer Educators, SWOP Ambassadors, EMAC, Sisters of Majengo, and Links to Smile.