Sex workers were excluded from attending the 2012 International AIDS Conference in Washington, USA, due to restrictive US immigration policies. Instead APNSW, supported by NSWP, held an alternative event titled the Sex Workers' Freedom Festival in Kolkata, India. Sex workers from over 40 countries took part in five days of discussions, workshops, protests, arts based advocacy and a video live-link to the official conference.
In 2012. sex workers in Vietnam got together and formed a national network in order to bring about positive changes for their communities. The network aims to represent the voices, and act for the legitimate interests, of sex workers in Vietnam, in order to improve quality of life and decrease stigma and discrimination against sex workers.
Asia Pacific Network of Sex Workers (APNSW), UNAIDS, and UNFPA collaborated on a consultation on HIV/AIDS and sex work in Asia, held in Pattaya, Thailand. The meeting brought together UN and Global Fund representatives, NGOs, government officials, and sex worker groups from nine Asia Pacific countries.
In 2010, a media-savvy Sydney-based trans*sex worker and community activist, Norrie May-Welby, initiated court proceedings against the New South Wales (NSW) Government Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages to have their gender recognised as ‘non-specific’ on official documents. After a protracted legal battle which lasted for 4 years, in April 2014, the High Court ruled that it was within the Registry’s power to record and issue Norrie with documents identifying a ‘not specific’ gender.
In 2008, Scarlet Alliance undertook a national needs assessment research project to identify the systemic barriers impacting on HIV-positive sex workers. The needs assessment was coordinated by a self-disclosed HIV-positive sex worker, and was subsequently shared with local and national government, civil society and internationally.
In 2006, the Asia Pacific Network of Sex Workers (APNSW) premiered the karaoke-style, sex worker advocacy song “One Whore” at the International AIDS Society conference in Toronto, Canada. The song parodies the U2 track “One” and addresses issues surrounding the administration of US President G. W. Bush, including the infamous "anti-prostitution pledge."