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Legal Advice

Education, Lobbying and Social Organizations

There are a number of organizations working to improve conditions for sex workers, from the perspective of decriminalization, concern over safety, health and legal issues, as well as the simple issue of being treated as a human being with the same dignity and respect due to any other mother, sister or daughter. Organizations that may be of interest to those of you of an activist bent include:

  • $pread Magazine – A quarterly magazine by and for sex workers and those who support our rights. The magazine has a focus on personal experiences and political insights, and contains practical information like news, features, health columns, and resources related to the sex industry. $pread builds community in the sex trade by featuring the honest and diverse perspectives of those who know it best: the women and men, including transgender persons, who work within this sensationalized, highly stereotyped industry.
  • AMMAR – an Argentinian organization with both national and local chapters
  • Arresting Prostitutes is Legal Exploitation – APLE is a Hawaii-based organization that believes laws should further some legitimate interest of the community and not simply harass citizens designated as outcasts. Criminal prostitution laws are a hold over from an era when there were laws against sodomy and adultery, and debtors were sent to prison. Today laws against prostitution are defended on the grounds that they keep prostitutes from walking the streets and offending people who don’t want to see them there. However, these laws are ineffectual at preventing prostitution and in fact, make it more difficult to address the harms of prostitution since they simply drive the problems underground.
  • Best Practices Policy Project – This is an organization dedicated to creating excellence amongst organizations and advocates working with sex workers in the United States. We produce materials for policy environments, address research and academic concerns and provide NGOs with technical assistance. Everything that we do is guided by principles that protect the rights of people who engage in commercial sex in all its forms.
  • Cabiria – Community Health Project with Sex Workers runs mobile clinics in Lyon, France (web site available in both French and English).
  • Colectivo Hetaira – one of Spain’s sex worker groups
  • Collective Of Sex Workers And Supporters – COSWAS is a Chinese-language site of sex workers in Taiwan.
  • Coyotela – COYOTE was founded in 1973 to work for the repeal of the prostitution laws and an end to the stigma associated with sex work. In addition to engaging in public education regarding a wide range of issues related to prostitution, COYOTE has provided crisis counseling, support groups, and referrals to legal and other service providers to thousands of prostitutes, mostly women. COYOTE members have also testified at government hearings, served as expert witnesses in trials, helped police with investigations of crimes against prostitutes, and provided sensitivity training to government and private non-profit agencies that provide services to prostitutes. COYOTE LA does not hold meetings at this time, but will consider doing so again if there are interested sex workers who are willing to volunteer time to contact members and organize meetings. Previous support meetings were suspended when all the responsibility for meeting organization and member contacting fell on one individual and the other members did not contribute time or money to keep the meetings going.
  • Davida – This is a Brazilian organization established in Rio De Janeiro in 1992, that it promotes the citizenship of prostitutes. The main focus of the Davida Group are action in the areas of education, health, communication and culture, on local and national levels.
  • Desiree Alliance – DA is a coalition of sex workers, health professionals, social scientists, professional sex educators, and their supporting networks working together for an improved understanding of the sex industry and its human, social and political impacts. Our focus is on building local and regional leadership and constructive activism in the sex worker population to advocate for sex workers’ human, labor and civil rights.
  • Durbar – The Bengal-based organization with 65,000 members is the largest organization of sex workers in the world working for Respect, Reliance and Recognition for female, male and transgender sex workers.
  • Empower Foundation – a Thai language site
  • Entr’actes – runs a drop-in center for sex workers in Lille, France plus medical and legal clinics
  • Erotic Service Providers Union – ESPU is a San Francisco organization that seeks to gain agency on behalf of all erotic service providers regarding our occupational, social, and economic rights through affiliating with organized labor.
  • Espace P – Belgian sex worker’s group
  • GRuPo de TraBajo SExual – one of Spain’s sex worker groups
  • ICRSE – Sex Workers in Europe
  • International Prostitutes Collective – The is the web site of US PROStitutes & English Collective of Prostitutes. Since 1975, the International Prostitutes Collective has been campaigning for the abolition of the prostitution laws which criminalize sex workers and our families, and for economic alternatives and higher benefits and wages.
  • International Sex Worker Foundation for Art, Culture and Education – Your online resource for information on sex work and sex workers around the world. We are a 501 (c) 3 Non Profit Organization Without your much needed financial contributions, we cannot continue to maintain this organization. Your donation is tax deductible!
  • International Union for Sex Workers – IUSW is a UK-based labour union, a branch of the GMB Union established specifically for workers from the sex and adult entertainment industry, whether you work as an escort, in a massage parlour, a private flat, on the street, a shop selling adult videos, behind or in front of the camera making adult entertainment, a strip club or from home doing phone sex. You can join anonymously, regardless of immigration or taxation status.
  • IPPF – IPPF is a global service provider and a leading advocate of sexual and reproductive health and rights for all.
  • Legalize To Protect (BLOG) – For The Love Of Porn, Prostitution, and Pussy A blog about sex worker rights, porn, prostitution, rape culture, sex-positive feminism, gender, abortion, women\’s rights, slut-shaming. It\’s all here baby. Get your daily dose of sex-positive feminism, all in one place.
  • LIBERATED CHRISTIANS – Promoting Positive Intimacy and Sexuality Including Responsible Non monogamy or Polyamory as a legitimate CHOICE for Christians and others / Exposing false traditions of sexual repression that have no biblical basis. Promoting Intimacy & Other-Centered, Loving Sexuality Sybian for Maximum G-spot orgasms for women\’s pleasure and therapy
  • LoveTouch – Loving touch, sensual and sexual is a fundamental need of all humans. Workshops & Seminars Ideas
  • Madonna eV – a German association for the cultural and professional education of prostitutes in Bochum
  • Maggie’s Toronto – Maggie’s advocates that we should all have the right to choose or reject sex work, just as we have the right to choose or reject any other kind of work. Consensual sex work is legitimate and socially valuable work. All sex work is equally valid; this includes exotic/erotic dancing, prostitution, phone sex, porn acting, pro Doms and subs, internet porn, escorts, massage, hustling, and more. Maggie’s offers legal advocacy, health information, safer drug use supplies, HIV & STI education and materials and informal counselling and support.
  • Network of Sex Work Projects – NSWP was established as an informal alliance in 1992 by a group of sex worker rights activists working within sex work projects around the world. Over the years, NSWP conducted activities in partnership with other organizations and the principle of the participation of sex workers in policy and programme development has been accepted at many levels. Despite lacking resources and recognition, the NSWP has influenced policy and built leadership among sex workers and facilitated the development of regional and national networks of sex workers and sex work projects. Significantly NSWP participation in the global response to HIV/AIDS was largely responsible for the term “sex worker” replacing “prostitute”. More than mere political correctness, this shift in language had the important effect of moving global understandings of sex work toward a labour framework which signposts solutions to many of the problems faced by sex workers. It also questions the stigma of sex work and represents greater recognition of sex workers as rights bearers, with the capacity to make a difference.
  • New Zealand Prostitutes Collective – NZPC is an organisation comprising past and present sex workers and our allies. NZPC advocates for the human rights, health and well-being of all sex workers. NZPC is committed to working for the empowerment of sex workers, so that sex workers may have control over all aspects of their work and lives.
  • Police Prostitution and Politics – It is our goal to bring you all the important information which disproves the lies told by the government and the prohibitionists regarding human trafficking and child sexual exploitation, and you can start with the links provided in the \\\”Latest News\\\” and also by clicking on the links below: If you know of other sources and want us to add them, please feel free to contact the webmistress at normaja@webuniverse.net What happens to the women and juveniles who are arrested for prostitution \\\”for their own good\\\”?
  • Prostituertes Interesseorganisasjon i Norge – a Norwegian sex worker’s organization
  • Prostitute’s Education Network – PENet is an information service about legislative and cultural issues as they effect prostitutes and other sex workers. The service is comprised of information for sex workers and activists/educators who study issues of decriminalization, human rights in the context of prostitution, violence against prostitutes and women, sex workers and pornography, as well as current trends in legislation and social policy in the U.S. and internationally.
  • Prostitutes of New York – PONY is a support and advocacy group for all people in the sex industry. We welcome all current or former sex workers, including male, female or TS/TV prostitutes, erotic dancers, nude models, X-Rated actors, peep show performers, phone sex workers, S&M/B&D professionals, strippers, madams, and so on.
  • Prostitutes of Ottawa/Gatineau Work Educate & Resist – POWER is a non-profit, voluntary organization founded on February 17th, 2008. Membership is open to individuals of all genders who self-identify as former or current sex workers, regardless of the industry sector in which they work(ed) (i.e. dancers, street level workers, in and out call workers, phone sex etc).
  • PUMP (Pride and Unity among Male Prostitutes) – the Male Sex Worker Project for the New Zealand Prostitutes Collectives
  • Rate That Rescue – Rate That Rescue is a community resource for sex work, where everyone can add and review organizations that provide services that sex workers use. Like Yelp for sex work.
  • RedTraSex – an organization of sex workers from Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Resourcing health & EDucation (RhED) – a specialist service for the sex industry in Victoria, Australia
  • Scarlet Alliance – the Australian Sex Workers Association
  • Scottish Prostitutes Education Project – SCOT-PEP was set up by and for sex workers and offers non-judgmental advice and support. Our aim is to promote health, dignity and human rights amongst those involved in the sex industry.
  • Sex Industry Network in South Australia, Australia – Sex Industry Network in South Australia, Australia is a peer-based sex worker organization and offer support, education, safe-sex products and much more to those involved in the commercial sex industry and transactional sex. tel +61 (0) 8 8351 7526.
  • Sex Professionals of Canada – SPOC is a Toronto based group. SPOC operates on the principle that all forms of sex work are legitimate and valid. We provide a public voice that promotes the validity of sex work & assert that one’s decision to be a sex worker is equally and unequivocally as valid of a choice as is the decision to be in any other occupation. Sex workers deserve genuine labour rights, with industry-wide standards defined by sex workers themselves. We maintain a bad client phone line and list to report bad clients as well as decrease the isolation experienced by many sex workers by organizing sex worker-friendly social events and functions.
  • Sex Work Cyber Resource Center Canada – Extensive Research Reports to enjoy legal sexworkers in Canada. Beautiful escorts, erotic massage, nude lap dancing and nude-reverse-massage. By Dave in Phoenix
  • Sex Work, Cyber Resource Center – We do not promote or recommend any illegal sexual services. Unlike most of the rest of the world, citizens of the U.S. do not have consenting, in private, adult freedoms. In the U.S. those in power, know what is best for you. The Christian groups (self-righteous minority that has an undeserving influence) that mostly control the power in the U.S. are so morally weak that they can not coerce everyone into their views without imposing their morality by law to force everyone to follow their perverted repressive view. Ironically their views have no biblical basis, yet they try to control with their biblical ignorance all citizens by laws they get passed. Some cities choose not to actively enforce in private morality law crimes while others like Phoenix are very active wasting police resources setting up stings and entrapment, seeking to prevent healthy, safe, private consenting adult activities that benefit the culture.
  • Sex worker forum (Central Europe) – This forum is mainly aimed at sex workers and all, to broaden their horizons or want to help with the improvement of living and working conditions of sex workers. In this forum you will find information about health, social, and psychological issues, and much more that is relevant for sex workers. We regularly post links for you to newspaper articles and online publications around the prostitution and sex work as a whole. This forum is privately funded without advertising and therefore depends most of your employees. Most posts can be read without registration and a registration (so you also post, watch movies, and you can enter some hidden areas) is of course free! English version http://translate.google.de/translate?sl=auto&tl=en&u=http\%3A\%2F\%2Fwww.sexworker.at\%2FphpBB2\%2Fportal.php http://www.sexworker.at/phpBB2/portal.php
  • Sex Workers Outreach Project – SWOP is is a national social justice network dedicated to the fundamental human rights of sex workers and their communities, focusing on ending violence and stigma through education and advocacy. SWOP, at its most basic, is an anti-violence campaign. As a multi-state network of sex workers and advocates, we address locally and nationally the violence that sex workers experience because of their criminal status.
  • SWOP BEHIND BARS  SWOP Behind Bars provides community support for incarcerated sex workers and connects incarcerated sex workers in US prisons and jails to the sex worker rights movement. A significant percentage of sex workers are people who are incarcerated for prostitution and prostitution-related crimes, and these individuals are disproportionately affected by laws that criminalize sex work, as well as stigma, violence, and their related challenges to reenter their communities. We work to support and build relationships with individuals most affected by these laws and provide incarcerated sex workers with information, linkages to individualized, comprehensive case management, and skills they need to become leaders and partners with the sex worker rights movement. We call attention to the violence, stigma, and discrimination that occur against sex workers that are perpetuated by the criminalization of prostitution. We provide a monthly newsletter, books, study materials, and sex worker pen pals for incarcerated sex workers. Upon release from jail or prison, we strive to help sex workers meet their basic needs, and we provide resources, networking, and linkages for successful reentry into their communities.
  • Sexworkers Interest Organization – Danish organization working for rights of sex workers (some of site is also in English).
  • Stella – is a multilingual Quebec-based organization working for decriminalization. They run a drop-in center in Montreal. They also run numerous support groups, events and parties for sex workers. They maintain a bad client list, put out a biannual newsletter and provide a list of community-based organizations if you need help. They accept collect calls from women in jail who need help.
  • SWOP Australia – Sydney
  • SWOP Boston
  • SWOP Chicago
  • SWOP Colorado – Outreach, educating the public, resources for sex workers, support and agency for sex workers, facilitating a political voice for sex workers!
  • SWOP East – MN, NC and NY
  • SWOP Las Vegas – also known as the Sin City Alternative Professional’s Association
  • SWOP Los Angeles
  • SWOP Michigan
  • SWOP New York City
  • SWOP Northern California
  • SWOP Northwest – Portland & Seattle
  • SWOP Tucson – Arizona
  • Support and Advice for Sex Workers – a UK-based site by independent sex workers with advice on many topics including taxes and how to get a mortgage
  • TAMPEP – the European Network for HIV/STI Prevention and Health Promotion among Migrant Sex Workers
  • The UK Network of Sex Projects – UKNSWP is a non-profit, voluntary association of agencies and individuals working with sex workers. The aim of the UKNSWP is “To promote the health, safety, civil and human rights of sex workers, including their rights to live free from violence, intimidation, coercion or exploitation, to engage in the work as safely as possible, and to receive high quality health and other services in conditions of trust and confidentiality, without discrimination on the grounds of gender, sexual orientation, disability, race, culture or religion.” Only Rights can stop the wrongs. The UKNSWP recognizes and supports, the rights of individual sex workers to self-determination, including the right to remain in sex work or leave sex work.
  • The Womens Network For Unity – WNU is a grassroots representative collective of Phnom Penh based Sex Workers. The network seeks to promote the rights of Sex Workers to earn a living in a safe environment, free from exploitation and social stigma.
  • Travail du Sexe – a French language ‘zine devoted to sex work
  • West Coast Cooperative of Sex Industry Professionals – a Vancouver-based cooperative working for a way to generate alternative sources of income, increase health and safety, build community capacity and begin to take control of our collective destiny
  • Zi Teng – a Hong Kong NGO (web site is in both Chinese and English)

Safety, Screening & Miscellaneous

Screening & safety should be a top priority for all sex workers and those who hire them.

  • Been Verified – This is a great site to use for screening clients or potential dates.
  • Glossary of Escort Terms – If you are new to the world of online escorts as either a sex worker or client, there are a bizarre number of acronyms to be interpreted beyond the typical ones used on the internet generally. This is a very thorough glossary.
  • Hooker Heroes – A nice self-esteem boost when you’re feeling crappy: this is an entertaining and educational web site by a guy who says, “No man with a shred of honor would purchase the services of prostitutes, then stand by silently while they are vilified.”
  • Linkedin – This is a great screening tool for verifying the employment of potential clients or dates.
  • Marginalization of Women and Sex Work – The geeks amongst you may be interested in reading the research of Dr. Michael Goodyear.
  • National Blacklist – member-only blacklist
  • The PhoneSex Space – highly recommended for phone sex operators