Sexuality Weblinks

Sex Work

All India Network of Sex Workers (AINSW)

The organisations that make up the AINSW work for the rights of sex workers and for HIV interventions. Check out their FAQs section for in-depth answers to many common questions about sex work.

Durbar Mahila Samanwaya Committee (DMSC), Calcutta

DMSC is a forum exclusively of sex workers and their children set up to create solidarity and collective strength among a larger community of sex workers, forge a positive identity for themselves, and facilitate a space for acting on their own behalf. The operational activities of the programme are designed around centralised clinical services, which are supported by a team of outreach workers who are all sex workers. DMSC is involved in crisis mitigation on behalf of its sex-worker members and has been taking steps to improve their immediate working conditions. They operate a helpline, mainly for seropositive sex workers and their families to help them cope with the social and psychological traumas associated with being HIV-positive. The collective is also involved in a variety of advocacy initiatives designed to articulate their rights as citizens.

Global Network of Sex Work Projects (NSWP) (Chinese, Spanish, French, Russian & English)

NSWP is a membership organisation made up of sex worker-led organisations and networks in 5 regions, including Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean. Their website has resources like case studies, policy briefs and more for research and advocacy around sex workers’ rights.

National Network of Sex Workers (NNSW)

NNSW is a network of organisations led by sex workers and allies who are committed to sex worker rights. Visit their site to find out about the different sex workers’ rights organisations that are working in different regions throughout India.

SANGRAM (Sampada Gramin Mahila Sanstha)

SANGRAM is a grassroots organisation that “works to create a collective consciousness among women, to increase their ability to negotiate safety independently, and strengthen women to assert their rights.” Take a look at the resources available on their website to learn more about the sex workers’ rights movement in India and how to organize on a grassroots level.

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