Sex Worker Leaders

The sex worker rights' movement is an extremely dynamic and diverse movement with an incredible mix of individuals who together advocate for the human rights of sex workers the world over. Sex workers leading grassroots activism and community building are an imense inspiration for other activists and advocates who are dedicating so much of themselves in the struggle to have the human rights of sex workers recognised and upheld the world over.

We will be profiling sex worker leaders regularly and if you would like to nominate someone to be profiled and recognised as a sex worker leader, please email communications [at] and let us know!

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Posted 29 January 2015 by NSWP

Veteran sex worker rights activist and human rights defender, Alejandra Gil has been in custody on remand for charges related to Human Trafficking. The prosecution is still looking for evidence while finalising their case and all the while it is not certain when the final judgement will be reached by the Court in Mexico. The laws under which Alejandra are charged conflate human trafficking with sex work. Alejandra is one of a large number of women currently incarcerated in prisons all over Mexico under these new laws. 

Posted 3 November 2014 by NSWP


Naomi Sayers and Fierce Indigenous Feminism

Posted 1 September 2014 by NSWP

The African Sex Workers Alliance- ASWA is the Pan African movement of sex workers which brings on board female, male, intersex and transgender sex workers.

At the helm of this grand movement is Dorothy Ogutu, popularly referred in the movement as the Amarula girl.

Posted 25 July 2014 by NSWP

Photo: Malee protesting for sex worker rights. In this photograph you can see one of Malee's new converts.

"Jaol sal dovl mil-a lol?” How are you? That is my language from my first home. I have 6 or 7 languages, some broken, some not. Just as I speak many different languages, I play many different roles in my life and I have many different names.

To my 2 beautiful teenage children, I am "Mum".

Posted 9 December 2013 by NSWP

1. Which countries and/or regions are you focused on in terms of mobilising support for the work that you do?

My work as a male sex worker activist focuses on Africa mostly because in Africa, sex work is mostly associated with female sex work and most male sex workers are largely ignored; the voice of the male sex worker rights movement is not heard as prominently as it should; the same can be said of transgender sex workers.