Pro to the question "Should Prostitution Be Legal?"
"The terms 'sex work' and 'sex worker' have been coined by sex workers themselves to redefine commercial sex, not as the social or psychological characteristic of a class of women, but as an income-generating activity or form of employment for women and men. As such it can be considered along with other forms of economic activity. An employment or labour perspective is a necessary, if not sufficient, condition for making sex work a part of the mainstream debate on human, women's, and workers' rights at local, national and international level...
This report is intended as a preliminary step in the process of ending the exclusion of sex workers. By looking at commercial sex as work, and at the conditions under which that work is performed, sex workers can be included and protected under the existing instruments which aim to protect all workers in a general way, all persons from violence, children from sexual exploitation, and women from discrimination."
"Redefining Prostitution as Sex Work on the International Agenda," Network of Sex Work Projects and Jo Bindman, 1997
Provide practical information and opportunities for information sharing among organizations and projects which provide services to men, women and transsexuals who work in the sex industry.
Raise awareness of the health and welfare needs of sex workers.
Advocate at regional and global level for policies and action which further the human rights of sex workers. These rights include the right to health and a safe working environment free from abuse, violence and discrimination.
Develop and maintain links between service providers, sex worker organizations and relevant international institutions and agencies.
Facilitate opportunities for the voices of sex workers to be heard in relevant international forums."
"In 2005 NSWP moved its headquarters to Hong Kong and incorporated as a limited liability company. NSWP is a legally constituted international organisation for promoting sex workers' health and human rights." ("About NSWP," NSWP website, accessed Jan. 29, 2008)
Member organizations in more than 40 countries
$100,418 (NSWP 2006 Finances)
Khartini Slamah, Chair of the Board
# of Offices:
One headquarters (Hong Kong)
# of Staff:
Ten Board of Directors
Asia Pacific Network of Sex Workers (APNSW)
International Committee on the Rights of Sex Workers (ICRSW)