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.
The Durbar Mahila Samanwaya Committee (DMSC), or the “Unstoppable Women’s Synthesis Committee,” host India's first national convention of sex workers on 14 November, 1997 in Kolkata. The title of the convention is 'Sex Work is Real Work: We Demand Workers Rights'.
logo of Durbar Mahila Samanwaya Committee, India"We Demand Workers' Rights"Durbar Mahila Samanwaya Committee (DMSC), also known as the “Unstoppable Women’s Synthesis Committee’’ is a sex worker collective representing the interests of sex workers of all genders, formed in 1995