Oct 282010

You can now report sexual assault online & anonymously to NSW Police on their website

You can now report sexual assault online & anonymously to @nswpolice at their website.

Please contact SWOP for more details on

Phone: (02) 9206 2166 Free call: 1800 622 902 Fax: (02) 9206 2133

Email: infoswop@acon.org.au

Web: http://www.swop.org.au/

Postal: PO Box 1354, Strawberry Hills, NSW 2012

Opening Hours: Mon / Tues / Thurs / Fri—10am to 6pm, Wed—2pm to 6pm

Address: Level 4, 414 Elizabeth St, Surry Hills, NSW 2010






WELCOME to the online home of NAUWU!

This campaign website was initiated by a dedicated group of New South Wales (NSW) sex workers in October 2009.

Our campaign is designed to address the emerging issues related to the NSW sex industry, especially the lack of consultation at all levels of government, with sex workers and peer sex worker organisations.

Sex workers must be consulted and be included in EVERY meeting, panel, taskforce and roundtable that is formed to discuss the sex industry. No implementation policy, procedure, legal reform or directive should occur without detailed and in depth consultation with sex workers at all stages.

Things are changing without sex workers being involved

Things are changing without sex workers knowing what’s happening

Sex workers are the experts on sex work so must be consulted

Sex workers must not be left in the dark….




NOTE: the term Nothing About Us Without Us has been utlisied around the world in numerous forums, community groups, campaigns, organisations and movements. This includes such sectors as: the disability rights movement (1, 2, 3), youth-led health promotion initiatives (4), mental health (5), drug users (6, 7), sex workers (8, 9, 10), The Institute for Inclusive Security (which includes The Women Waging Peace Network) (11), and even Anglicare Tasmania (12)

The rationale for using this common mantra is the need for INCLUSIVENESS.

As the definition held within Wikipedia states “Nothing About Us Without Us! is… used to communicate the idea that no policy should be decided by an essay writers from writing services; representative without the full and direct participation of members of the group(s) affected by that policy. This involves ethic, ability-based or other groups that are often thought to be marginalised from political, social and economic opportunities” (13).



(1) http://www.hrc.co.nz/home/hrc/newsandissues/internationalhumanrightstreatycomesintobeing.php

(2) http://www.un.org/esa/socdev/enable/iddp2004.htm

(3) http://www.summitdaily.com/article/20090517/NEWS/905179985/1055/rss

(4) http://www.ohpe.ca/node/3994

(5) http://www.m-power.org/

(6) http://www.champnetwork.org/media/sp07No.5.pdf

(7) http://www.aidslaw.ca/publications/publicationsdocEN.php?ref=85

(8) http://www.scarletalliance.org.au/library/ihra_08/

(9) http://swannet.org/en/node/954

(10) http://stepscentre-thecrossing.blogspot.com/2008/08/international-aids-conference-mexico.html

(11) http://www.huntalternatives.org/pages/82_women_waging_peace_network.cfm

(12) http://www.anglicare-tas.org.au/

(13) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nothing_About_Us_Without_Us



Note: NAUWU makes every effort to ensure the quality of the information available on this website. Before relying on the information on this site, however, users should carefully evaluate its accuracy, currency, completeness and relevance for their purposes, and should obtain any appropriate professional advice relevant to their particular circumstances. NAUWU cannot guarantee and assumes no legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, currency or completeness of the information.

Disclaimer: Images used on this site have been used with the permission of all parties pictured. If you happen to find an image of yourself and do not wish for it to appear on http://www.nothing-about-us-without-us.com , please let the webperson of this site know by contacting nothingaboutuswithoutus@gmail.com .

Contributions on http://www.nothing-about-us-without-us.com have been made by NSW sex workers and other concerned parties of the NSW sex industry; site design and maintenance by nothingaboutuswithoutus@gmail.com ; Copyright Nothing About Us Without Us 2009 – 2011

 Posted by at 12:09 pm
Jun 182013

The study includes research on many sex and relationship issues in the general public as well more specifically with sex workers.

All of the research papers included in the study are relevant to sex workers and many of them look at the interaction sex workers have with the general community; enable comparison between the wider population and sex work statistics.

 Posted by at 3:32 pm
Jun 172013

The research is based on qualitative interviews with regulatory and enforcement agencies, licensees and operators of brothels, support workers and sex workers. It looks at the regulation of brothels in Victoria and the impact this has had on the sex trade, services who attempt to work with sex workers, the sex workers themselves and the people sex workers may work for ie. brothels, escort agencies etc.

 Posted by at 6:29 pm
Jun 172013

This research and resulting report looks at third parties that provide services to sex workers in Canda where it is illegal to do so. It goes beyond the usual stereotypes that the only people providing services to sex workers are “pimps” and others who are living off the earnings of sex workers with evil intent causing them nothing but misery. Instead, it examines a divrse array of third parties providing services including website developers, hosting companies, telephone companies etc. It goes a long way in challenging the existing legislation in Canada.

 Posted by at 12:35 am
Jun 112013

An analysis of the implementation of PEPFAR’s anti-prostitution pledge and its implications for successful HIV prevention among organizations working with sex workers

Introduction: Since 2003, US government funding to address the HIV and AIDS pandemic has been subject to an anti-prostitution clause. Simultaneously, the efficacy of some HIV prevention efforts for sex work in areas receiving US government funding has diminished. This article seeks to explain why.

 Posted by at 5:23 pm
Jun 062013

On April 22, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in a case that could have dramatic consequences for NGOs, faith-based groups, and civil society. The case, USAID v AOSI, challenges a 2003 law that requires all groups receiving U.S. government funds for international HIV and AIDS work to have “a policy opposing prostitution.” This rule goes far beyond prescribing what organizations can do with government money—it tells them what they must do and think even in their privately funded work.

 Posted by at 2:22 am
Jun 062013

OTTAWA — Researchers from the University of Ottawa have released the findings of a three-year study on “third parties” in the adult and sex industries, including their role in sex worker safety.

Findings confirm that the current prostitution laws, often presented as protecting sex workers, work against their interests and increase sex workers’ vulnerability to violence, by targeting these third parties.

 Posted by at 2:04 am
Jun 062013
Compassionate Hooking  hook-online.com  08.04.13

….. I realized after this client, that this job can be really fulfilling. To know that you have given someone a little bit of the affection that they are looking for. And, realistically, to know that it’s not always going to be fun for you. But if we go into our appointments with compassion and caring, that those are sentiments that people will feel and appreciate. I would like to think that most escorts walk into sessions leading just as much with their heart as they are with their minds. I try to do this with clients as much as possible.

 Posted by at 1:24 am
Jun 022013

The case mentioned relates to the constitutional status of the anti-prostitution pledge that must be signed by all USAID funding recipients.

The Leadership Act was passed in 2003 and funded the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). PEPFAR has contained a requirement that any organisation receiving funding must pledge explicit opposition to prostitution and sex trafficking. This requirement is forced upon organisations based in the US that often partner with programs around the world to deliver HIV prevention, treatment and care services to key affected communities and in places where HIV prevalence rates are high.

 Posted by at 7:08 pm
May 252013
The Sex Sector: A victory for diversity   nswp.org  2003

Social-justice activists internationally have hailed as progressive and humane the 1998 report The Sex Sector: The Economic and Social Bases of Prostitution in Southeast Asia. Edited by Lin Lean Lim of the International Labour Office in Geneva, the book recommends that the sex industry be included in official government accountings, first, because of its enormous contributions to regional economies, and second, as the only way to improve the situation of those employed as sex workers. With a recognised sex sector, governments would be required to extend labour rights and protections to people who work in it. At the same time, the report unequivocally demands the eradication of child prostitution as a serious human rights violation and an intolerable form of child labour.

 Posted by at 5:01 pm
May 202013

Sex Work Digest is a quarterly round up of the news stories, events and other information relating to global sex work issues. This is the third issue of NSWP’s quarterly newsletter ‘Sex Work Digest’.

 Posted by at 5:25 pm
May 202013

Sex Work Digest is a quarterly round up of the news stories, events and other information relating to global sex work issues. This is the second issue of NSWP’s quarterly newsletter ‘Sex Work Digest’ and focuses on Opposing Criminalisation

 Posted by at 5:12 pm
Apr 152013
SWOP Strategic Plan Community Forum April 2013

SWOP will be having a community forum co-hosted by Scarlet Alliance to discuss the new Strategic Plan that will guide the services they provide for the next 3 years.

What is a Strategic Plan?
Strategic planning is what an organisation does to define it’s startegy or direction. They then decide how to allocate resources (money and staff) in order to achieve this direction/strategy. Part of this process is for SWOP to look at what it does now, consider what the needs of sex workers and the sex industry in the future will be and to work out possible ways it can pursue any course of action that is decided in the planning process would be the best direction to go in.

SWOP knows in order to do get the best Strategic Plan possible, they need to consult with people who work in the sex industry in NSW

 Posted by at 1:51 pm