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

25th November 2019 | Region: Global

In 2019, the Global 16 Days Campaign will focus on violence in the world of work and the ratification of the newly adopted ILO (International Labour Organization) special instruments on violence and harassment in the world of work.

15th November 2019 | Region: Global

Sex workers and allies attended the ICPD25 Nairobi Summit, 12-14 November 2019, calling for strong support of human rights-based programming for sex workers in sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) programming.

11th November 2019 | Region: Europe

Sex workers in Amsterdam are calling on the Amsterdam Museum to close a new exhibition, ‘No.1 Tourist Attraction’, criticising its content and use of stigmatising language. The exhibition, created by Nordic Model activist Jimini Hignett, is planned to run until March 2020, despite protests from sex workers and allies. 

6th November 2019 | Region: Global

The HIV2020 organising committee is currently seeking proposals to develop and lead thematic sessions during the first two days of the conference.

5th November 2019 | Region: Global

Sex workers participated in the Beijing+25 regional review meetings, which took place last week in Africa and Europe.

5th November 2019 | Region: Asia and the Pacific

Singapore's Parliament has voted to amend its Women's Charter, increasing penalties for sex work-related offences.

22nd October 2019 | Region: Asia and the Pacific

Queensland has withdrawn draft laws from State parliament which would have increased police powers, shifted police and licensing authority coverage from brothels to anywhere sex work takes place, and allowed police to covertly film sex workers, following a campaign by sex workers in Australia.

21st October 2019 | Region: Global

Registration for HIV2020 has now opened for people wishing to attend the conference 5 – 7th July in Mexico.

17th October 2019 | Region: Europe

Sex workers attended a roundtable meeting and exhibition in the European Parliament this week, co-organised by Dutch MEP Sophie in ‘t Veld.

4th October 2019 | Region: North America and the Caribbean

A group of 72 LGBTI organisations have delivered a letter to 13 members of the Washington D.C. City Council calling on them to support an upcoming Bill which would decriminalise sex work in the district.

1st October 2019 | Region: Europe

Swedish sex worker organisation Fuckförbundet has held the first sex worker-organised international conference in the country following the introduction of client criminalisation in 1999. Between 28th and 30th September, more than 80 sex workers joined the conference – Sex Work, Human Rights and Health: Assessing 20 Years of Swedish Model – in Stockholm.

30th September 2019 | Region: North America and the Caribbean

More than 130 organisations from across Canada have signed on to a statement calling on the new government to implement 'the total decriminalization of sex work as a first step to protecting and respecting the human rights of all sex workers' and the 'recognition of sex work as meaningful and valuable work'.

23rd September 2019 | Region: Asia and the Pacific

Sex workers in Australia have praised the Government for working with sex workers to introduce a new Bill to decriminalise sex work in the state. The Bill was introduced on 18th September and aims to ‘decriminalise sex work and legalise contracts in relation to sex work’, and to ‘enhance sex worker, client and public health and safety’.

16th September 2019 | Region: Global

14th September 2019 marked the first Sex Worker Pride, created to celebrate sex workers’ self-determination and the achievements of the sex worker rights movement. Many sex worker groups marked the day with events and online actions.