News Archive: April 2014

On the night of April 30th to May 1st, the Rede sobre Trabalho Sexual (Portuguese Sex Work
Network) will organise - in partnership with several activists for the rights of Sex Workers – a Flash
Mob for the Rights of Sex Workers (SW) in Portugal.
“Sex Work is Work” is the motto of the initiative, a slogan that was already adopted in 2012 during
the first Portuguese consciousness raising campaign about the need to recognise and dignify sex work in Portugal.
29 April 2014

The Central America Women's Network (CAWN) commisioned a report entited: "Exploitation and Trafficking of Women: Critiquing narratives during the London Olympics 2012" to inform its work around the role of civil society and the media in shaping public understanding of different forms of exploitation experienced by women, in particular migrant women, in the context of major sporting events.

29 April 2014

Persist Health Project based in NYC has developed a useful guide for service providers seeking to shape their services to the needs of sex workers.

29 April 2014

Veshya Anyay Mukti Parishad (VAMP) and SANGRAM, two sex workers' rights organasations and NSWP members based in Sangli, India have praised the UN Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women's report calling on the Indian Government to review the legislation that criminalises sex work.

29 April 2014

The Andrey Rylkov Foundation released the following press release:

Press Release

Civil Society Sharply Criticizes UNAIDS For Supporting Russia’s Deadly HIV Policies

28 April 2014

With all the conversations on anti-trafficking, we often forget that these are not just concepts and conversations, but complex, lived experiences. The film Normal highlights some of the nuances which are often ignored.


22 April 2014

A new resource has been loaded onto the resources section of the NSWP website that summarises the arguments for and against the Swedish Model. There is currently a lot of pressure on governments in Europe and in other countries across the world, to adopt the Swedish Model i.e. the criminalisation of the purchase of sex.  

21 April 2014


Costing Data Use Guide For Providing Key HIV Services to Female Sex Workers and Men Who Have Sex with Men in Côte d’Ivoire is a useful report published by The Health Policy Project. The report is has been designed for program planners, policy, and decision makers, and civil society organisations that advocate for and work with Female Sex Workers (FSW) and Men who have Sex with Men (MSM) in programs related to HIV and AIDS.

21 April 2014

The European Commission are inviting civil society organisations working on trafficking in human beings, to express their interest to participate in the EU Civil Society e-Platform against Trafficking in Human Beings.

17 April 2014

A big step for the health and well-being of all Vietnamese women, men & children

9 April 2014

NSWP has published the Sex Worker Freedom Festival Report. The Sex Worker Freedom Festival (SWFF) was an alternative International AIDS Conference 2012 event for sex workers and allies held in Kolkata in India from 21 to 26 July 2012.  SWFF was an official International AIDS Conference 2012 Hub to protest the exclusion  of sex workers and ensure the voices of those excluded are heard in Washington.

7 April 2014

A moving tribute to Andrew Hunter, who was a fierce and dedicated sex worker rights activist. This Youtube video was made by his life partner, Dale.

The video was first presented at an event called 'In Memoriam Andrew Paul Hunter' at UNAIDS, Geneva on 25 February 2014.  The video takes you through Andrew's activism and illustrates the leadership he showed throughout his career.

You can read other tributes to Andrew Hunter here.

1 April 2014