Learn More About Sex Workers

Sex work is a topic that intersects with many other current issues, and the articles and links provided below are here to help you start learning!

The Basics

Sex Work 101 (PDF) – A training by SWOP-Chicago, gives basic information about the sex trade, individuals involved in the sex trade, trafficking, and law that impact sex workers.

Understanding and Supporting Individuals Involved in the Sex Trade (PDF) – A training by SWOP-Chicago for social service providers and helping professionals, this gives a basic understanding of common experiences and needs of sex workers.

Great Research & Websites

Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women – Wonderful review of evidence-based approaches to address trafficking in the sex trade and other industries.

Global Network of Sex Work Projects – Awesome website! Tons of info!
SWOP USA’s blog – For all the latest news!
Tits & Sass – News & culture website for and by sex workers
Playing the Whore by Melissa Gira Grant – Great labor analysis of sex work
Sex at the Margins by Laura María Agustín – Migrant sex workers & the trafficking narrative
Sex Workers Unite by Dr. Melinda Chateauvert – History of the sex worker rights movement

Sex Work & the Law

10 Reasons to Decriminalize Sex Work – by NSWP
Laws & Policies Affecting Sex Work – by Open Society Foundations
Sex Work & The Law: Understanding Legal Frameworks and the Struggle for Sex Work Law Reforms – by the Global Network of Sex Work Projects
100 Countries & Their Prostitution Policies – ProCon.org
End Demand Fact Sheet – Desiree Alliance
The Real Impact of the Swedish Model on Sex Workers: Advocacy Toolkit – by NSWP
The Swedish Law to Criminalize Clients: A Failed Experiment in Social Engineering – by Ann Jordan

Support for Decriminalization of Sex Work – Links to dozens of letters in support of Amnesty International Position on Decriminalization, from anti-trafficking, women’s rights, HIV/AIDS prevention, GLBT & sex worker organizations.

Sex Trafficking & Labor Migration

Moving Beyond ‘Supply and Demand’ Catchphrases: Assessing the uses and limitations of demand-based approaches in Anti-Trafficking — by The Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women

Research Shows that Minor Sex Trafficking Narratives do not Reflect the Experience of Many Domestic Sex Workers – by The John Jay Research Team
Rescue is for Kittens: 10 Things Everyone Needs to Know About “Rescues” of Youth in the Sex Trade – by Eminism
Migrant sex workers and trafficking – insider research for and by migrant sex workers
 – by Jules Kim and Elena Jeffreys
From White Slaves to Trafficking Survivors: Notes on the Trafficking Debate
 – by Annuska Derks
New Directions in Research on Human Trafficking
 – by Ronald Weitzer
Only Rights Can Stop the Wrongs: A critical assessment on anti-trafficking strategies – by Marjan Wijers, Marieke van Doorninck
The ‘‘Natasha’ Experience: Migrant Sex Workers from the Former Soviet Union & Eastern Union in Turkey – by Leyla Gü¬lçür, Pinar Ilkkaracan

Violence Against Sex Workers

Violence Against Sex Workers Literature Review – by M. Dango for SWOP-Chicago

Violence Against Sex Workers Fact Sheet – by K. Koster for SWOP-Chicago

Addressing Violence Against Sex Workers – by the World Health Organization

Sex Work & Public Health