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

6th July 2020 | Region: Europe

In April 2020, NSWP launched a global survey to understand the impact of COVID-19 on sex workers. The survey received, thus far, a total of 156 responses from 55 different countries out of which 43 responses were from 17 countries – Armenia, Austria, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Netherlands, Norway, Romania, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, North Macedonia, Ukraine, and the United Kingdom – in the Europe region.

2nd July 2020 | Region: Global

The organisers of HIV2020 Online, of which NSWP is a member, published a set of ten recommendations aimed at the International AIDS Society (IAS), which has been criticised for its decision to bring this year’s International AIDS Conference to the United States of America (U.S.). Though both conferences will now take place online due to the COVID-19 pandemic, advocates argue that the decision reflects weak community engagement.

1st July 2020 | Region: Latin America

OpenDemocracy has published an article from Graciela, a member of Ammar Cordoba, on their work supporting sex workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. AMMAR Córdoba​ is a sex worker-led organisation in Córdoba​, Argentina, fighting for human rights and access to labour protections.

19th June 2020 | Region: Global

HIV2020: Community Reclaiming the Global Response, is scheduled to take place on Zoom from July through October of 2020.

The HIV2020 alliance has decided to organise the community-led event to provide an alternative for individuals who cannot or will not participate in the AIDS2020 virtual conference. Its goal is to offer new opportunities to reaffirm the leading role communities play in the global HIV response. ​

18th June 2020 | Region: Asia and the Pacific

In April 2020, NSWP launched a global survey to understand the impact of COVID-19 on sex workers. To date, the survey has received 156 responses from 55 different countries. 18 of these responses were from 11 countries – Australia, Bangladesh, China, Hong Kong, Myanmar, Nepal, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand and Vietnam – in the Asia-Pacific region. 

16th June 2020 | Region: Global

In May, Sex Work Donor Collaborative (SWDC) and Global Network of Sex Work Projects (NSWP) ran a global webinar to share sex workers’ experiences of COVID-19 and what funders can do to support the movement. View the webinar below or on the NSWP YouTube channel.

15th June 2020 | Region: Global

NSWP has launched an update to the legal mapping project, which maps sex work laws around the world. The information in the map reflects legislation (as of 31 March 2020) that affects sex workers through the criminalisation of the sale and purchase of sexual services, and the facilitation, management or organisation of sex work, as well as other laws used to regulate sex work such as mandatory health checks and travel restrictions.

15th June 2020 | Region: Global

A new analysis of the health outcomes of 12,987 people with COVID-19 in Western Cape, South Africa, indicates that people living with HIV and people with past or current tuberculosis infections have a two- to three-times greater risk of dying of COVID-19.

4th June 2020 | Region: Latin America

Juana R. Torres, president and founder of Mujeres Independientes Luchando por sus Derechos (Independent Women Fighting for their Rights), passed away in May after a stay in Santo Tomás hospital. Juana, who was also known as Dulce Ana, was a Honduran national living in Panama. There she campaigned for the recognition of sex work as work, saying “we’re always fighting for our work to be recognised, just like any other form of employment in the country.”

3rd June 2020 | Region: Global

Sex worker groups around the world held events and actions to mark International Sex Workers’ Day on 2nd June.

2nd June 2020 | Region: Latin America

La pandemia de COVID-19 no es una crisis como cualquier otra. El virus, el cual se ha expandido por todo el mundo en pocos meses, ha afectado a la vida de millones de personas y ha cambiado profundamente la manera en la que vivimos y trabajamos. Para las personas que ejercen el trabajo sexual, esta mala situación ha empeorado aún más con la restricción de acceso a fondos de emergencia y de cuidados de salud y con el aumento de las redadas, vigilancias y estigma.

2nd June 2020 | Region: Latin America

La pandémie de COVID-19 est une crise pas comme les autres. Le virus, qui s’est répandu dans le monde en seulement quelques mois, a affecté les vies de millions de personnes et a profondément changé les manières dont nous vivons et travaillons. Pour les travailleurSEs du sexe, c’est une mauvaise situation qui s’est empire avec l’accès restreint aux fonds d’urgence et aux soins de santé essentiels ainsi qu’une augmentation des raids, de la surveillance, et de la stigmatisation.

2nd June 2020 | Region: Latin America

Пандемия коронавируса отличается от всех других кризисов. Вирус, который всего за несколько месяцев распространился по земному шару, повлиял на жизни миллионов людей и существенно изменил то, как мы живем и работаем. Секс-работники оказались в сложной ситуации, которая дополнительно усугубляется ограничением доступа к фондам помощи в чрезвычайной ситуации и жизненно важным медицинским услугам и ростом насилия, контроля и стигмы.

1st June 2020 | Region: Global

On 2 June 1975, approximately 100 sex workers occupied Saint-Nizier Church in Lyon, France, to express their anger about their criminalised and exploitative living conditions. They hung a banner from the steeple which read ‘Our children do not want their mothers to go to jail’, and launched a media campaign to broadcast their grievances to the world.

29th May 2020 | Region: Global

Katherine Koster has departed from the NSWP Secretariat after over three years in the role of Policy Officer.

Katherine joined NSWP in April 2017. During her time with NSWP, Katherine worked on a wide range of advocacy tools; case studies on technical support and international guidelines; meeting reports; and helped with drafting responses to external documents.