The Needs and Rights of Trans Sex Workers


This briefing paper discusses the issues and needs identified by trans sex workers. Attention is first given to the issue of intersectionality, aiming to give context to the community of TSW before examining the needs and rights of this group. Legal situations are then discussed, noting how legislative systems can have an impact on the lives and work of TSW worldwide. A summary of this briefing paper is also available.

Contents include:

  • Introduction
  • Trans Sex Workers - Intersectional Realities and Oppressions
  • Legal Situation
  • The Issues and Needs of Trans Sex Workers
    • Violence Against Trans Sex Workers
    • Discrimination
  • Conclusions and Recommendations

The paper concludes by drawing attention to the need to support the advocacy and activism of TSW groups around the world in challenging the needs identified and offering recommendations for those who design and implement policy and programmes, and those who represent and work directly with TSW. The paper includes examples of NSWP member groups’ efforts to mobilise communities of TSW to advocate for their rights, showing activism that is being carried out by the community.

You can download this 14-page PDF above. This resource is available in English, Chinese, French, Russian, and Spanish.