This systematic review and meta-analysis, led by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), has found that sex workers who have experienced 'regressive policing' (including arrest, extortion and violence from police), are three times more likely to experience sexual or physical violence. The study examines the impacts of criminalisation on sex workers’ safety, health, and access to services, using data from 33 countries. Sex workers' health and safety was found to be at risk not only in countries where sex work was criminalised, but also in Canada, which has introduced the “Nordic model”, where purchasing sex is specifically criminalised.
Download this resource: Associations between sex work laws and sex workers’ health, LSHTM - 2018 , What are the impacts of criminalisation on sex workers’ health, safety and access to services? Briefing - 2018
This document is a practical tool for organisations to self-assess whether they meaningfully involve sex workers, and for sex worker-led organisations to assess whether they are meaningfully involved.
Download this resource: Meaningful Involvement of Sex Workers, NSWP - 2018
Theme: Legislation and Policy