Sex Work, Health, and Human Rights: Global Inequities, Challenges, and Opportunities for Action

NSWP and Centre For Gender And Sexual Health Equity (CGSHE)

This open access book provides a comprehensive overview of the health inequities and human rights issues faced by sex workers globally across diverse contexts, and outlines evidence-based strategies and best practices.

Sex workers face severe health and social inequities, largely as the result of structural factors including punitive and criminalised legal environments, stigma, and social and economic exclusion and marginalisation. Although previous work has largely emphasised an elevated burden and gaps in HIV and sexually transmitted infection (STI) services in sex work, less attention has been paid to the broader health and human rights concerns faced by sex workers. This contributed volume addresses this gap. 

The chapters feature a variety of perspectives including academic, community, implementing partners, and government to synthesise research evidence as well as lessons learned from local-level experiences across different regions, and are organised under three parts:

  • Burden of health and human rights inequities faced by sex workers globally, including infectious diseases (e.g., HIV, STIs), violence, sexual and reproductive health, and drug use  
  • Structural determinants of health and human rights, including legislation, law enforcement, community engagement, intersectoral collaboration, stigma, barriers to health access, im/migration issues, and occupational safety and health
  • Evidence-based services and best practices at various levels ranging from individual and community to policy-level interventions to identify best practices and avenues for future research and interventions

Sex Work, Health, and Human Rights is an essential resource for researchers, policy-makers, governments, implementing partners, international organisations and community-based organisations involved in research, policies, or programs related to sex work, public health, social justice, gender-based violence, women's health and harm reduction.

You can download the book in English above.

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