Sex Work is Not Trafficking


This briefing paper explains how sex work is conflated with trafficking; the legal framework; how demand for sex work is conflated with trafficking; the dangers of conflating trafficking with sex work, its impacts on sex workers’ lives and work; the impact on sex worker programming; and offers some recommendations for policy makers, donors and for civil society. A summary is also available.

Contents include:

  • Introduction
  • How sex work has been conflated with trafficking
    • Legal frameworks
    • Demand for sex work conflated with trafficking
  • The impact on sex workers
    • Work interrupted
    • Security and protection
    • Assumed complicity
    • Victimised
    • Restrictions on freedom to travel
    • Discrimination
  • Impact on other workers
  • Impact on programming of sex worker organisations
    • Outreach
    • Funding
    • Fighting anti-trafficking groups
  • Sex workers' contributions to ending exploitative workplace practices
  • Conclusion
  • Recommendations

You can download this 12-page PDF above. This resource is available in English, Chinese, French, Russian, and Spanish.