Policy Brief: The Impact of ‘End Demand’ Legislation on Women Sex Workers


A growing number of countries are considering or implementing sex work law reform focusing on ‘ending demand’, which criminalises the purchase of sexual services. This Policy Brief outlines the impact of ‘end demand’ legislation on the human rights of female sex workers, through research and testimony from NSWP members in countries where paying for sex is criminalised. This document explores how these laws not only fail to promote gender equality for women who sell sex, but actively prevent the realisation of their human rights.

Contents include:

  • Policing and Legal Harassment of Women Sex Workers
  • ‘End Demand’ and Stigma
  • ‘End Demand’ and Discrimination
    • Access to housing and financial institutions
    • Refusal of services
    • Migrant women
    • Health and social services
  • Right to Work and Safe and Healthy Workplaces
  • Gender Power Dynamics
  • Vulnerability to Violence
  • Access to Justice
  • Vulnerability to Exploitation
  • Trafficking
  • Recommendations

You can download this 13-page document above. This resource is available in Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish.