Queer Sex Workers Initiative For Refugees

Who do you work with?

Our organisation works with LBQ female, GBQ male and transgender sex workers.

How are sex workers involved in your organisation?

QSWIK is 100% sex worker led. All members of staff at the moment are sex workers. All our programmes, goals and objectives are sex workers oriented.

Which of NSWP priority areas does your organisation work on?
Oppose the criminalisation and other legal oppression of sex work and support its recognition as work
Critique the trafficking paradigm that conflates representations of sex work, migration, and mobility
Advocate for universal access to health services, including primary health care, HIV and sexual and reproductive health services
Speak out about violence against sex workers, including violence from police, institutions, clients, and intimate partners, while challenging the myth that sex work is inherently gender-based violence
Oppose human rights abuses, including coercive programming, mandatory testing, raids and forced rehabilitation
Challenge stigma and discrimination against sex workers, their families and partners, and others involved in sex work
Advocate for the economic empowerment and social inclusion of sex workers as sex workers
What are the two main challenges that the sex workers you work with face

1. Limited access to sexual reproductive health services, mostly to those with HIV/AIDS and STIs.
2. Illegal arrests/ criminalisation.

Describe other areas of your work

1. HEALTH: We provide health, general peer education on HIV/AIDs, STIs, positive living for HIV+ persons, general sexual health and counselling.
2. LIVELIHOODS: We facilitate LGBTIQ sex workers with financial literacy , hands on skills, and other safe incomegenerating activities.
3. HUMAN RIGHTS: Advocacy, ensuring their voices are included.
4. PROTECTION: Establish emergency shelter and communal safe housingfacilities.