AMMAR Córdoba is a sex worker-led organisation in Córdoba, Argentina, fighting for human rights and access to labour protections.
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.
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.
St James Infirmary is a sex worker-led organisation in the United States providing physical and mental health services to sex workers. Since the organisation was formed in 1999 they have been providing free care to current and former sex workers, their partners and adolescent children.
All-Ukrainian charitable organisation “Legalife-Ukraine” is based in Kropyvnytskyi (formerly Kirovograd), Ukraine.
Horizontes Diversos is an NSWP Member based in Manta, Ecuador. The are an entirely unfunded and volunteer-run organisation. Their focus used to be on providing resources solely transgender people, regardless of their involvement in sex work, but now their focus is more diverse. “We provide services to straight sex workers, gay boys, people working in bars - anyone - and our focus is on education and addressing human rights violations in Manta,” said Chavica Moreira, the director of Horizontes Diversos.
Since its inception in 1996, The Veshya Anyay Mukti Parishad (VAMP) has taken a rights-based approach to sex worker organising. Prior to VAMP’s existence, Sampada Grameen Mahila Sanstha (SANGRAM) had been running the peer intervention program with sex workers, and SANGRAM went on to support sex workers with resources and training to develop the collective.
Which countries and/or regions does the New Zealand Prostitutes Collective (NZPC) focus on?
The New Zealand Prostitutes Collective (NZPC) is based in New Zealand. The National Coordinator, Catherine Healy, told NSWP that their advocacy work is often international, given interest in the New Zealand model on the decriminalisation of sex work. Many delegations visit NZPC to find out more about sex work in New Zealand and to learn more about the decriminalisation of sex work.
Bar Hostess Empowerment and Support Programme (BHESP) is a sex worker-led organisation that includes sex workers, women who have sex with women (WSW), women who use drugs and bar hostesses in Kenya. Founded in 1998, the organisation serves as a common voice in efforts to reduce stigma and discrimination, while engaging various stakeholders in advocacy and policy dialogue. It is the first and oldest sex worker-led organisation in Kenya.