Become an NSWP member

The NSWP is a membership organisation and is committed to facilitating the voices of sex workers from both the Global North and South. Our organisational culture and rules ensure that we are led by sex workers and that sex workers are meaningfully involved at all levels within the NSWP. The requirement that NSWP members support ‘sex worker self -determination’ is interpreted as placing an obligation on members and the NSWP itself to take all practical steps to ensure that sex workers are meaningfully involved within member organisations and NSWP activities.

NSWP members are regional sex work networks and organisations from across the world.
To become a member of the NSWP an organisation must endorse the aims of NSWP and confirm their commitment to NSWP core values;

  • Acceptance of sex work as work
  • Opposition to all forms of criminalisation and other legal oppression of sex work (including sex workers, clients, third parties*, families, partners and friends)
  • Supporting self-organisation and self-determination of sex workers

*The term ‘third parties’ includes managers, brothel keepers, receptionists, maids, drivers, landlords,hotels who rent rooms to sex workers and anyone else who is seen as facilitating sex work.

Member organisations are required to ensure that they and anyone associated with the organisation, respect the NSWP members code of conduct.  Member organisations are from diverse cultures and they have different backgrounds and organisational histories. Most are sex worker groups, some are small NGOs, some are projects within government organisations or international NGOs. Almost all work on health issues. Some provide services, some focus on advocacy, some on mobilising to reduce vulnerability and address the human rights issues that affect the health and well-being of sex workers. Some member organisations work with all genders and some with only female, male or transgender sex workers. A number of member organisations work with the children of sex workers.

Application process:
Organisations wishing to apply for membership of the NSWP must complete a membership application and consent form, and send it to membership AT nswp DOT org. Organisations are asked to indicate on their application form which of the five geographic regions they wish to join and whether they are asking to join as a member with voting rights or as a supporter without voting rights.

Membership application forms:
Download a membership application at the bottom of the page.

Approval process:
When an application is received, it is forwarded to regional representatives for approval. If the organisation is known to the regional network then the application is approved immediately, however, if the organisation is not known then the Secretariat may ask for more information about its work and the meaningful participation of sex workers in the organisation itself.