Helpful links, articles, and reference material relating to sex worker rights and decriminalization


Sex Work in the News

Banning Sex Work Will Be Considered Unthinkable 50 Years From Now (Vox, 2019)

Sex Work Myths and How To Spot Them (The Washington Post, 2014)

How Accidental Decriminalization of Sex Work in Rhode Island Reduced Rape and Increased Public Health (The Washington Post, 2014)

Kaytlin Bailey Explains Decriminalization on Liquid Lunch with John Tabacco (Newsmax TV, 2019)


Academic Journals

Craigslist Reduced Violence Against Women (Cunningham et. al, 2019)

Decreasing Human Trafficking Through Sex Work Decriminalization (Albright and D’Adamo, 2017)

Decriminalizing Indoor Prostitution: Implications for Sexual Violence and Public Health (Cunningham and Shah, 2018)

Diversion from Justice: A Rights-Based Analysis of Local “Prostitution Diversion Programs” and their Impacts on People in the Sex Sector in the United States (Yale Law School, 2018)

New Directions in Research on Human Trafficking (AAPSS/Weitzer, 2014)

The Swedish Law to Criminalize Clients: A failed experiment (American University, Washington College of Law/Jordan, 2017)

Un-Meetable Promises: Rhetoric and Reality in New York City’s Human Trafficking Intervention Courts (Yale Law School, 2018)

Beyond the Gaze: Briefing on Customers Who Buy Sex Online (University of Leicester/Sanders et. al, 2017)


DSW’s Book List

Sex Workers Unite: A History of the Movement from Stonewall to SlutWalk, by Melinda Chateauvert

Revolting Prostitutes: The Fight for Sex Workers’ Rights, by Molly Smith and Juno Mac

Naked Truth: Strip Clubs, Democracy, and a Christian Right, by Judith Lynn Hanna

Getting Screwed: Sex Workers and the Law, by Alison Bass

State of Sex, by Barbara Brents

Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds, by Adrienne Maree Brown

The Managed Heart: Commercialization of Human Feeling, by Arlie Russell Hochschild


Organizations and Allies

Global Network of Sex Worker Projects (NSWP)

NSWP Resource Page

Don’t Hate or Conflate!: Trafficking Brief from NSWP

NSWP’s “A Community Guide: Sex-Workers Experiments of Stock-Outs of Commodities and Treatments”

NSWP’s “Sex Work and the Law: Understanding Legal Frameworks and the Struggle for Sex Work Law Reforms”

Sex Worker Outreach Project (SWOP) - United States 

SWOP Fact Sheets

National Lawyers Guild

Know Your Rights Manual for the Sex Worker Community: Criminal Law (National Lawyers Guild

Sex Workers Project (Urban Justice Center)

The Use of Raids to Fight Trafficking in Persons (2009)

Equality Now


FOSTA: Explained in Graphics



Summary of Sex Work Laws in the United States

New Zealand Decriminalization Bill