SWARM is a sex worker led collective based in the UK. The project was founded in 2009 (under our former name Sex Worker Open University) to advocate for the rights of everyone who sells sexual services. Our goal is to build a diverse and inclusive community of sex workers who work together to improve our working conditions and resist violence.
We define sex workers as people who sell their own sexual labour or performance, or who have done so in the past. Although we recognise that many agency managers or brothel owners can be or have been sex workers themselves, our organising collective is not open to managers, or to non-sex workers who make a profit from the work of sex workers.
We are here as sex workers who are survivors of economic violence, domestic violence, border violence, transphobic violence and sexual violence. We are part of a global movement, and we are proud to work in solidarity with each other. Many sex workers within SWARM navigate our lives across several marginalised identities. Our solidarity with each other is not just words -- it is how we stay alive.