As of today, 1 July 2014, SWOP is now an independent sex worker health organization. We have our own sex worker Board of Governance and a Constitution, which you can read HERE.
"This is an exciting and historic moment for SWOP as an organisation, and indeed for sex workers all over the world, as it acknowledges the importance of peer education and the success of community-led responses to HIV. It marks the beginning of a new era,” said SWOP Chief Executive Officer Kylie Tattersall.
On this important occasion, please read SWOP's Media Release HERE. Please see above for details about our membership drive which will allow all NSW sex workers to be a part of SWOP.
SWOP’s mission is to improve the health of all sex workers in NSW through innovative, holistic and effective approaches to sexual health, and to improve the protection of our human rights.
The 2011 edition of "9 Lives: Surviving Sexual Assault in the Sex Industry" is now available for download and in booklet form at SWOP. Back in 1998, SWOP collaborated with a group of women working in the NSW sex industry, and named the resulting booklet '9 Lives' in reference to the saying that cats have 'nine lives'. Cats are thought to be resilient and always land on their feet. It is our hope that through reading this booklet, sex workers who may face the issue of sexual assault will draw upon the same skills, landing on their feet and supporting each other to do the same.
Sex work, running a sex industry business and being a sex worker are all legal in NSW—but only if they are done according to NSW laws and regulations. To find out more about these laws and regulations, download a copy of the Sex Industry Legal Kit or click 'read more' below.
The Legal kit. Download or get it emailed to you.