Animation: The Impacts of Anti-Rights Movements on Sex Workers


This animation is a summary of the NSWP Briefing Paper on The Impacts of Anti-Rights Movements on Sex Workers.

In recent years, movements organised against the rights of marginalised and criminalised groups have grown in influence and impact around the globe. Anti-migrants’ rights groups have lobbied for more restrictive border policies, in violation of the right to move and migrate. Anti-sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) and anti-LGBT groups have pushed back access to sexual and reproductive services and gender-affirming care for women, trans, and gender-diverse people, in violation of the right to health. Fundamental feminists and abolitionist groups continue to attack the bodily autonomy and human rights of sex workers; in addition sex workers endure attacks from other anti-rights movements due to their intersecting identities as migrants, women, black, indigenous and people of colour, LGBT+, trans and gender-diverse people, people who use drugs, people living with HIV, and others. Anti-rights movements pose numerous threats to sex workers, with their diverse ideologies, aims, and emerging alliances. These threats must be better understood to promote sex workers’ rights.

This animation is a new tool for sex workers' advocacy worldwide. It was created by Smo Sienkiewicz. The illustrations used throughout the video were created by Molly Hankinson.

This resource is available in English, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish and Arabic.