Sex workers

Key facts: sex work is criminalised in more than 110 countries. Only 22.5 per cent of female sex workers in Africa have access to HIV prevention programmes.

Sex workers

Sex workers’ rights are human rights. Yet, almost everywhere in the world, sex workers are confronted with widespread violations of their rights. In many countries, sex work is criminalised and subject to stigma and discrimination. This makes sex workers more vulnerable to HIV and other sexually transmitted infections, as well as different forms of violence. Bridging the Gaps works to improve the health and well-being of sex workers. To this end, we give funding for advocacy and empowerment activities and ensure the availability of sex worker-friendly services. We involve sex worker-led organisations and networks in improving the provision of tailored HIV services and advocating for their human rights.

What we do

  • We base our work on the needs expressed by sex workers themselves, and sex workers are in the lead in all activities.
  • We develop health and other services that meet the specific needs of sex workers and are in line with the Sex Worker Implementation Tool (SWIT).
  • We advocate for the protection of, respect for and fulfilment of sex workers’ human rights to ensure full access to public health care.
  • We work with sex workers in 11 countries.

What we do

  • We base our work on the needs expressed by sex workers themselves, and sex workers are in the lead in all activities.
  • We develop health and other services that meet the specific needs of sex workers and are in line with the Sex Worker Implementation Tool (SWIT).
  • We advocate for the protection of, respect for and fulfilment of sex workers’ human rights to ensure full access to public health care.
  • We work with sex workers in 11 countries.

Read about our work with sex workers in different countries.