November 8, 2023 | Category: Resources
New Publication: Re-centering Sex Worker Safety in Anti-Trafficking Work: Perspectives from the Field
We are excited to present a new guidebook created in partnership with our colleagues at Freedom Network USA.
Survivor leaders have always been at the forefront of sex worker safety work, and yet the anti-trafficking sector has rarely considered their needs and recommendations. In 2022, Freedom Network USA convened a group of anti-trafficking advocates and sex worker safety organizers (many of whom in both of those groups had lived experience of human trafficking) to acknowledge that the anti-trafficking sector has harmed, invalidated, and attempted to sideline sex worker safety advocates. After acknowledging that history, we engaged in rich dialogue as a convening and in topical breakout groups about what anti-trafficking work that does not harm sex workers might look like.
This guidebook by Freedom Network USA and the National Survivor Network outlines our findings, recentering their wisdom of survivors who are sex worker safety advocates while offering practical guidance for how to do anti-trafficking work without harming sex workers in five main categories: services, outreach and identification, partnerships, funding and resources, and public policy.