Where our members work

NSWP’s members are local, national and regional sex worker organisations and networks, across five regions: Africa; Asia and the Pacific; Europe (including Eastern Europe and Central Asia); Latin America and North America and the Caribbean. Members in each region elect two representatives to the NSWP Board of Directors.

All member organisations are required to endorse NSWP’s core values and the Consensus Statement on Sex Work, Human Rights, and the Law. Only sex worker-led organisations and networks have voting rights.

NSWP members are from diverse cultures and have different experiences and organisational histories. Most are independent sex worker-led organisations, some are informal groups of sex workers within larger organisations and some are non-governmental organisations who support sex workers rights. Some member organisations provide services, some focus on advocacy, some on mobilising to reduce vulnerability – all work on human rights issues that affect the health and well-being of sex workers.

You can find our members through the regional pages or by clicking on the red umbrellas on the map.

Note: For both safety and security NSWP does not identify which members are sex worker-led on our website, and members can choose not to be listed on the public website.


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Regional updates

26th February 2011 by NSWP | Region: Asia and the Pacific

APNSW statement at 7th International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific, Kobe, Japan

July 5, 2005

Please forward widely

This morning at the closing ceremony of the Seventh International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific Maria-san and Andrew of the Asia Pacific Network of Sex Workers (APNSW) talked about sex workers' experience of the conference. The opportunity for sex workers from twenty countries throughout the region to come together again. We had a lot to celebrate. The APNSW and the Japanese sex workers movement were both founded here in Japan in Yokohama in 1994. Now as then our Japanese sex worker colleagues were wonderful hosts organizing cultural events that ensured that male, female and transgender sex workers were the stars of the day.

26th February 2011 by NSWP | Region: Global

Monday, August 14, 2006

Health and human rights advocates denounce Gates Foundation's support of raids on sex workers

Advocates gather in Toronto to promote rights and safety of groups vulnerable to HIV/AIDS.

TORONTO — The international Network of Sex Work Projects (NSWP) and other human rights NGOs applaud this week's commitment by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to commit $500 million to the Global Fund for HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment efforts. At the same time, however, the Gates Foundation has bowed to conservative pressure in the United States by funding groups that conduct and assist police raids on sex workers in countries like Cambodia and Thailand. These raids are infamous for further endangering vulnerable women.

26th February 2011 by NSWP | Region: Asia and the Pacific

Making Sex Work Safe in Asia-Pasifika
Langkawe, October 2002


  1. Local sex worker groups be involved in implementing the resource MSWS-A.P
  2. That sex workers run their own groups and projects
  3. To support the involvement and empowerment of more HIV+ sex workers in APNSW and local groups
  4. The APNSW needs to receive support (including funding) for it to grow and fulfil the needs of sex workers in the region.
11th February 2011 by NSWP | Region: Latin America

The report Sexuality and Development: Brazilian National Response to HIV/AIDS amongst Sex Workers presents the main findings of a case study conducted during 2008-2009 by The Brazilian Interdisciplinary AIDS Association (ABIA), which is one component of a global research initiative sponsored by the Institute for Development Studies (IDS) “Sexuality and Development” Program.

4th February 2011 by sarah | Region: Global

Esta es la versión en español de la nota del registro de junio de 2010 Grupo Asesor de ONUSIDA sobre el VIH y el trabajo sexual.

3rd February 2011 by sarah | Region: Global

Ceci est la version française du procès verbal du groupe consultatif sur le VIH et le travail du sexe de L'ONUSIDA. 

1st February 2011 by NSWP | Region: Global

These terms of reference, developed jointly by representatives of the Global Working Group on HIV and Sex Work Policy and United Nations system, seek to enhance consultation on HIV and sex work between UNAIDS and sex workers.

1st February 2011 by NSWP | Region: Global

Estos términos de referencia, desarrollado conjuntamente por los representantes del Grupo de Trabajo Mundial sobre el VIH y la Política de Trabajo Sexual y el sistema de las Naciones Unidas, encaminados a mejorar las consultas sobre el VIH y el trabajo sexual entre el ONUSIDA y los trabajadores sexuales.

31st January 2011 by NSWP | Region: Global

After premature closures in 2004 of biomedical human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) prevention trials involving sex workers in Africa and Asia, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and Global Advocacy for HIV Prevention (AVAC) undertook consultations to establish better participatory guidelines for such trials in order to address ethical concerns. This study investigated sex workers’ knowledge and beliefs about research ethics and good participatory practices (GPP) and the perspectives of sex workers on research participation. A 33-question survey based on criteria identified by UNAIDS and AVAC was translated into three other languages.

30th January 2011 by NSWP | Region: Asia and the Pacific

Au Cambodge, les représentants de l’ordre sont souvent aussi ceux qui infligent certains des pires abus. Les travailleuses du sexe, en particulier, savent bien ce qu’il en est. Des femmes et des jeunes filles travailleuses du sexe sont victimes de violence, de viol, de harcèlement sexuel, de racket, d’arrestation et de détention arbitraires, de travail forcé, ainsi que d’autres traitements cruels et humiliants de la part de la police, d’agents de sécurité des parcs publics, d’agents du gouvernement, et d’employés des centres et des offices gérés par le ministère des Affaires sociales, des Vétérans et de la Réhabilitation de la jeunesse (le MOSAVY).