2012 - Sex Workers Freedom Festival Held in Kolkata, India (alternative IAC)

2012 - Sex Workers Freedom Festival Held in Kolkata, India (alternative IAC)

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.

2012 - Vietnam Network of Sex Workers is Formed

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.

2011 - Hit and Run: the Impact of Anti-trafficking Policy and Practice on Sex Workers’ Human Rights in Thailand

2011 - Hit and Run: the Impact of Anti-trafficking Policy and Practice on Sex Workers’ Human Rights in Thailand

In 2012, EMPOWER Foundation released the report titled: ‘Hit and Run: the Impact Anti-trafficking Policy and Practise on Sex Workers’ Human Rights in Thailand.’ The report was the result of a 12-month research study undertaken by sex workers identifying as both Thai nationals and migrants.

2010 - Asia Pacific Regional Consultation on HIV and Sex Work, Pattaya, Thailand

2010 - Asia Pacific Regional Consultation on HIV and Sex Work, Pattaya, Thailand

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.

2010 - Trans* Sex Worker Activist Norrie May-Welby Instigates Legal Challenge to Have Gender Recognised as ‘Non-Specific’ (Australia)

2010 - Trans* Sex Worker Activist Norrie May-Welby Instigates Legal Challenge to Have Gender Recognised as ‘Non-Specific’ (Australia)

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.

2008 - National Needs Assessment for Sex Workers Living with HIV (Australia)

2008 - National Needs Assessment for Sex Workers Living with HIV (Australia)

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.

2006 -APNSW Premieres “One Whore” Advocacy Song at IAC in Toronto, Canada

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."