Community Guide: Sex Workers Who Use Drugs


This Community Guide summarises the Sex Workers Who Use Drugs: Ensuring a Joint Approach briefing paper. The community guide highlights the specific needs and rights of sex workers who use drugs. It provides an overview of the ways in which sex workers who use drugs face double criminalisation and associated police harassment, intersectional stigma, compounded marginalisation and social exclusion, heightened interference and harassment from healthcare and other service providers, infantilisation, pathologisation, and an associated undermining of agency, choice, and self-determination.

The contents include:

  • Introduction
  • Criminalisation, State-Sponsored Violence, and Violations of Privacy and Bodily Integrity
  • Stigma and Discrimination: Drug-Userphobia and Sex-Workerphobia
  • Health and Wellbeing: Healthcare and Other Service Provision for Sex Workers who Use Drugs
  • Conclusions and Good Practice Recommendations for Sex Workers Who Use Drugs

This resource is useful as a quick overview of the full briefing paper. You can download this 6 page PDF above. This resource is available in English, Chinese, French, Russian, and Spanish.