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.

Regional updates

1st May 2011 | Region: Africa

SWEAT and the Women's Legal Centre are supporting 3 sex workers in their lawsuit against the Minister of Police.  This comes after repeated arrests, without charge, and violations of their rights.

Read the full story in the news coverage in the South African Times

1st May 2011 | Region: Asia and the Pacific

DMSC has been helping sex workers negotiate the voting process in the election in Kolkata.  Read news coverage in The Times of India.

29th April 2011 | Region: Asia and the Pacific

Chinese police detained a sex workers’ rights activist in October 2010, a few days after she publicly called for prostitution to be legalised. Ye Haiyan was taken from the offices of APNSW member organisation the China Women’s Rights Workshops.  

Only days earlier and other activists had called for officials in the central Chinese city of Wuhan to sign a petition calling for sex work to be legalised.  For the full story see the Womensphere website.

12th February 2011 | Region: Europe

Se non ora quando? Sempre! Diciamo noi

17th December 2010 | Region: North America and the Caribbean

On December 17th 2010, sex workers and their allies across the globe will mark the 8th International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers.  This day draws attention to acts of violence that continue to be committed against sex workers worldwide, and to the stigma and discrimination perpetuated by prohibitionist laws and views against sex work, which endanger our lives and work.

26th November 2010 | Region: Africa

On the eve of the 16 Days of Activism to end Violence Against Women, SWEAT is joining with UNAIDS to demand that South Africa decriminalizes sex workers, and that the whole sex work industry is brought out of the shadows.

A study released by UNAIDS yesterday recommended that countries who currently criminalise sex workers take action to decriminalize this vulnerable group in order to better respond to the HIV pandemic.

24th November 2010 | Region: Africa

The day of 17th of November 2010 wittiness the State Minister for Ethics and Integrity Hon Nsaba Buturo calling off a conference organised by Akina Mama wa Afrika on advancing sex workers health rights and economic empowerment which was taking place at Serena lake at the Ranch Lweza based in Kampala, Uganda. The Minister did so by sending a strong worded letter to the Hotel General Manager giving “directives not to host a Prostitutes Conference run by Akina Mama wa Afrika and if they do so, will be abetting illegality in Uganda”.

24th October 2010 | Region: Asia and the Pacific

From October 12-16, 2010 in Pattaya, Thailand, the Asia Pacific Network of Sex Workers (APNSW), UNAIDS, and UNFPA collaborated on a consultation on HIV/AIDS and sex work in Asia. The meeting brought together UN and Global Fund for HIV Malaria and TB representatives with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and government officials from eight countries. Sex worker activists from Indonesia, Myanmar, Pakistan, India, Thailand, Fiji, Papua, New Guinea, Cambodia, and China attended to discuss approaches to the HIV/AIDS epidemic throughout Asia.