SWARM welcomes a vote by BMA junior doctors to support the decriminalisation of sex work. At Saturday’s conference in London, a motion calling for decriminalisation passed by a large margin, meaning junior doctors now stand in agreement with organisations like the World Health Organisation (WHO), UNAIDS, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health and Amnesty International.Read More
On Saturday, members of SWARM attended the Shut Down Yarls Wood protest. We stand in solidarity with migrants being detained in detention centres across the UK against their will. We stood as a sex worker bloc alongside the trans sex worker organisation, Sex Worker and Trans, to ensure that sex worker voices are visible and recognised within the fight for migrants’ rights.Read More
Today, on International Workers’ Day, Sex Worker Open University (SWOU) is re-launching as Sex Worker Advocacy and Resistance Movement (SWARM).
As sex workers, we understand how vital it is that we advocate for ourselves on the issues that affect us and and build solidarity with other marginalised or criminalised communities. And we need a strong, organised resistance movement to fight the threats we face.Read More
The news that police forces across England and Wales have have an endemic problem of officers abusing vulnerable or marginalised people, particularly people experiencing domestic violence, people who use drugs, sex workers, and people who have been arrested, is sadly no surprise to SWOU. Many sex workers fall into several of the above categories, and know from experience that contact with the police spans a spectrum from fear-inducing to abusive.Read More
We decided to create this small zine to give a little space for survivors sex workers like ourselves to share their stories, analysis, and testimonies… Our lives are complex and often hard to put in to words due to the stigma, shame and guilt associated to both sex work and (sexual) abuse. And what sometimes makes it even harder are these un-nuanced discourses and debates on sex work and prostitution: Happy hooker or victim. Empowered or abused. Always one or the other. Never both, never neither.
Nothing is that simple.
So long as a person does not sell sex, her poverty is acceptable to these campaigners. Well, as sex workers, we have a moral objection to poverty. Poverty is objectifying, demeaning, and coercive. A society that accepts poverty or finds poverty inevitable does not respect women. Poverty is a form of violence, a violence that disproportionately affects marginalised people. Poverty cannot be made safe.Read More