‘Our lives matter: sex workers unite for health and rights’

‘Our lives matter: sex workers unite for health and rights’

Sex workers defend their human rights and health

This report highlights the creative ways in which sex workers in eight countries have organised to defend their human rights and health.

The groups featured in this report include:

  • Davida, Brazil
  • Durbar Mahila Samanwaya Committee, India
  • Durjoy Nari Shongho, Bangladesh
  • Humanitarian Action, Russia
  • Odyseus, Slovakia
  • Sex Worker Education and Advocacy Taskforce, South Africa
  • Stella, Canada
  • Urban Justice Center’s Sex Workers Project, United States

Key recommendations from the report are the following:

  • support sex worker involvement and leadership.
  • fund projects for sex workers’ health and human rights.
  • recognise the rights of male and transgender sex workers.
  • reform laws and stop police repression.
  • stop raids and involuntary “rescues”.
  • include sex workers in the fight against HIV.
  • stop mandatory testing and police-enforced public health measures.