Prostitution / Sex Industry
(See related pages: Trafficking in Persons, Pornography and Sexual Violence / Assault.)
Abolish Prostitution Now! – a campaign organized entirely by women.
Free (Vednita Carter's organization) – serving women and girls involved in prostitution and other battered women who have been involved in the criminal justice system, St. Paul, MN.
genderberg.com – a website resource for prostitution, pornography, trafficking and sexual exploitation activists and researchers.
Helping Individual Prostitutes Survive – the mission is to assist female, male, and transgendered individuals engaging in sex work in Washington, DC in leading healthy lives. Using a harm reduction model, HIPS’ programs strive to address the impact that HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted infections, discrimination, poverty, violence and drug use have on the lives of individuals engaging in sex work, Washington, DC.
La Coalición Contra el Tráfico de Mujeres, Caracas, VE.
Our Voices Matter – a collection of testimony by individuals who have been harmed by prostitution, pornography and trafficking. OVM seeks to provide a safe space for survivors to give voice to how prostitution, pornography and trafficking have impacted their lives, Northampton, MA.
Research & Education – a nonprofit organization that conducts research on prostitution, pornography and trafficking, and offers education and consultation to researchers, survivors, the public and policymakers. PRE's goal is to abolish the institution of prostitution while at the same time advocating for alternatives to trafficking and prostitution ~ including emotional and physical healthcare for women in prostitution. The roots of prostitution are in men's assumptions that they are entitled to buy women for sex, and in racism, and women's poverty, San Francisco, CA.
Real Escape from the Sex Trade – was founded by a group of men and women who wanted to take action against the commercial sex exploitation of girls and young women in Seattle, WA. We work to provide a path to freedom, safety and hope for victims of sex trafficking and people involved in the sex trade. REST has the following teams: direct outreach, prevention, mentors, restorative housing, demand reduction and prayer partners, Seattle, WA. Read Blog.
Sex Industry Survivors – a worldwide, non-profit 12 step group of men and women who are either currently in some area of the sex industry, and are trying to quit, or who have already quit but are tying to find recovery. They meet (whether that be in person, online, through the mail, or over the telephone) to share their experience, hope and strength. They operate a toll-free, nationwide hotline: 888-702-7273.
Sex Workers Outreach Project (SWOP) – provides sexual health information and support to people who engage in sex work. We run a variety of health promotion programs and provide outreach to sex industry workplaces. We also work with sex industry owners and operators to encourage the acceptance and maintenance of safe sex practices, and other forms of workplace health and safety, Strawberry Hills, NSW, AU.
Sex Workers Project – provides legal services and legal training, and engages in documentation and policy advocacy, for sex workers. Using a harm reduction and human rights model, we protect the rights and safety of sex workers who by choice, circumstance, or coercion remain in the industry. The SWP provides critical information to policymakers, activists, and the media on the human rights abuses faced by sex workers and those who are at risk for engaging in sex work. We use documentation-based advocacy, policy analysis, training and education, and collaboration with community-based service providers to advance practical, long-term solutions to the problems faced by this vulnerable and marginalized population. We document the lives of sex workers and put a human face on violations of their human rights, New York, NY.
Stop Demand – the vision is for a world free of sexual violence, sexual exploitation and sexual denigration. There are many organisations working to help women and children ensnared in the global sex trade (prostitution, strip clubs, sex tourism, pornography, trafficking, etc.). However, as with all trades demand drives supply. Stop Demand's point of difference is that it works to stop the demand that fuels the supply. Stop Demand works to identify, challenge and seek a shift in attitudes and beliefs that underpin and sustain all forms of sexual violence, sexual exploitation and sexual denigration of women and children. Stop Demand's key platform is education ~ through public awareness raising, calling for local and global action, coordinating campaigns, mobilising the community in particular the male community, media engagement, and collaborating with governmental and non-governmental agencies, Auckland, NZ.
Trafficking / Prostitution / Sexual Exploitation, WomensLaw.org (English / Español) – the mission is to provide easy-to-understand legal information and resources to women living with or escaping domestic violence. By reaching out through the Internet, we empower women and girls to lead independent and productive lives, free from abuse, New York, NY.