Summary: The Needs and Rights of Male Sex Workers


This is a summary of the Needs and Rights of Male Sex Workers briefing paper. A lack of understanding about the MSW community often leads to gaps in service provision and/or inappropriate services being provided. This briefing paper explains the unique needs and rights of MSW and is intended for those who make policy, design and implement programmes, and work directly with MSW, in the hope of increasing awareness and understanding of the multiple realities and needs of this community.

Contents include:

  • Introduction
  • Male Sex Workers - A Diverse Group
  • The Issues and Needs of Male Sex Workers
    • Invisibility
    • Socio-Legal Contexts Around Sex Work and Homosexuality
    • Access to Sexual and Reproductive Health Services
    • Violence, Legal Protection and Access to Justive
    • Community Mobilising and Advocacy for the Rights of Male Sex Workers
  • Conclusions and Recommendations

This paper is also intended as an advocacy tool for NSWP member groups to utilise in their attempts across the world to raise awareness of the needs of MSW and advocate for their rights, from the grassroots community level to global forums for change. Some recommendations are offered to policy makers and programme designers, donors, and those who work directly with MSW, in the hope of joint working and community efforts to promote the rights of MSW globally.

You can download this 7-page PDF above. This resource is in English.