This page contains resources on sex workers’ activism and struggle for the recognition of sex work as work.

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History of sex workers’ movement:

ICRSE, Sex Workers’ Rights: Report of the European Conference on Sex Work, Human Rights, Labour and Migration, Brussels 2005 (2007)

 NSWP, History of the NSWP and the Sex Worker Rights Movement

Chateauvert M., Sex Workers Unite: A History of the Movement from Stonewall to SlutWalk. Boston, MA: Beacon Press (2014)

Ditmore M., Encyclopedia of Prostitution and Sex Work. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood (2006)

Gall G., Sex Worker Union Organizing. An International Study. London: Palgrave

Macmillan (2006) Jenness V., Making it Work. The Prostitutes’ Rights Movement in Perspective. New York: Aldine de Gruyter (1993)

Kempadoo K., Doezema, J. (eds.), Global Sex Workers. Rights, Resistance, and Redefinition. New York: Routledge (1998)

Leigh C., Inventing Sex Work, [in:] J. Nagle (ed.), Whores and Other Feminists. New York: Routledge (1997, pp. 223-231)

Sanders T., O’Neill M., Pitcher J., Prostitution: Sex Work, Policy and Politics. London: SAGE (2009, pp. 94-110)

Mathieu L., An Unlikely Mobilization: the Occupation of Saint-Nizier Church by the Prostitutes of Lyon, Revue française de sociologie 42(1) (2001, pp. 107-131)

Pheterson G., St. James M., Sex Workers Make History: 1985 & 1986 – The World Whores’ Congress (2005)

Advocacy and activism for sex workers’ rights – toolkits:

ICRSE, Hands Off Our Clients! Advocacy and Activism Toolkit against the Criminalisation of Clients (2013)

NSWP, The Real Impact of the Swedish Model on Sex Workers. Advocacy Toolkit (2014)

Sex Workers Project, Media Toolkit on Sex Work and Human Rights (2007)

Canadian Alliance for Sex Work Law Reform, Sex Work on the Hill. A Guide to Getting Involved in Legislative Processes that Impact on our Lives (2014)

The Swedish Model

Kulick, D., Sex in the new Europe. The criminalization of clients and Swedish fear of penetration, Anthropological Theory Vol 3(2) (2003, pp. 199–218.)

Levy, J., Criminalising the Purchase of Sex: Lessons from Sweden. Abingdon: Routledge. (2015)

Dodillet, S., Östergren, P., The Swedish Sex Purchase Act: Claimed Success and Documented Effects, Conference paper presented at the International Workshop: Decriminalizing Prostitution and Beyond: Practical Experiences and Challenges. The Hague, March 3 and 4. (2011) 

Decriminalisation of sex work

Armstrong, L., From Law Enforcement to Protection? Interactions between Sex Workers and Police in a Decriminalized Street-Based Sex Industry. Br J Criminol. (2016)

World AIDS Campaign, Sex Work and the Law: The Case for Decriminalisation. (2010)

The Lancet, HIV and sex workers. Executive Summary. (2014)

Abel, G., Fitzgerald, L., & Brunton, C., The Impact of the Prostitution Reform Act on the Health and Safety Practices of Sex Workers. Christchurch School of Medicine. (2006)

Mossman, E., & Mayhew, P., Key Informant Interviews Review of the Prostitution Reform Act 2003. Crime and Justice Research Centre Victoria University of Wellington. (2007)

Resources from European sex workers’ rights network organisations

Sex Workers‘ Rights Advocacy Network, Arrest the Violence: Human Rights Abuses against Sex Workers in Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia. (2009)

Sex Workers‘ Rights Advocacy Network, Failures of Justice. State and Non-State Violence Against Sex Workers and the Search for Safety and Redress. (2015)

Sex Workers‘ Rights Advocacy Network, Reporting from the Shadows. Using CEDAW to Advocate for Sex Workers’ Rights in Central Eastern Europe and Central Asia. (2013)

ICRSE, Nothing about us without us! Ten years of sex workers‘ rights advocacy and activism in Europe. (2015)

ICRSE, Underserved. Overpoliced. Invisibilised. LGBT Sex Workers Do Matter. (2015)

ICRSE, Community Report on Structural Violence. (2015)

ICRSE, Community Report on Exploitation: Unfair labour arrangements and precarious working conditions in the sex industry. (2016)