Community Guide: Mapping and Population Size Estimates of Sex Workers


This is a Community Guide summarising the Mapping and Population Size Estimates of Sex Workers policy brief. It is an overview and critique of mapping, population size estimates and unique identifier codes and how they are used. The practices of mapping the places where sex workers live and work, and creating population size estimates, are becoming more routine. Some of the threats associated with these practices, and the strategies that are used to keep people safe and data confidential and secure, are discussed.

Contents include:

  • Introduction
  • Definitions
  • Common Uses of these Tools
  • The Threats to the Rights of Sex Workers
  • Recommendations for Reducing Risk

This community guide can be used by community-based organisations, programmers and epidemiologists, sex-worker led organisations and other researchers to study different mapping methods and their risks, as well as to improve their own research practices.

You can download the 5-page PDF above. This resource is available in English, Chinese, French, Spanish and Russian.