The museum brings to life the history of sex workers and sex worker skills and culture. It uses interactive displays to challenge the stereotypes and preconceptions about sex work.
“Is this how you talk about mothers and family providers in Sweden? Perhaps you don’t know that most of our customers do not use revolting language like this to talk about us? Is this how women commonly refer to each other in Sweden? Perhaps you have never considered that a Swedish academic feminist has a responsibility to speak with respect about other women? Or is ‘cheap pussy’ accepted by Swedish feminists and journalists as a way to refer to Thai women?”
Ellie from Rose Alliance, says OTTAR has failed to acknowledge their own stigma against sex workers. She told NSWP that:“OTTAR published a statement condemning the hatred and drove culture of the internet towards Ekis Ekman without even mentioning her problematic text, or Empowers' response to it. I asked them to publish a new statement [from] Empower, which they refused to do. The reason they gave was that they wanted to give Empower a chance to speak about their issues later, which last I heard they still haven't contacted them about.”Although OTTAR claimed to have contacted Empower Thailand, Empower told NSWP they did not and the first they heard of the statements was from Rose Alliance.Empower explained why it is so important to speak out when these kinds of statements are made. “The majority of people don’t know much about sex work and often do not have a fixed opinion. If we don’t speak up then we leave them to be informed only by people who are anti-sex work who we call “mutant feminists”. We know words are important and we are publishing our Empower University Press Second Edition of Bad Girls Dictionary this year which includes the phrase in Swedish “billig fitta” – cheap pussy. “In their statement, Empower also spoke about a video clip that was released in 2015, which had shown that footballers from Leicester City English Premier League on holiday in Thailand calling sex workers sexist and racially abusive terms. They noted that this video had led to the players and the Club issued a public apology. Furthermore, three Leicester City players were later sacked from the Club for their behaviour. But nothing seems to have happened in regards to OTTAR and Kasja Ekis Ekman, prompting Empower to wonder, “…will the Anti-Prostitution Club take any action? Will we ever hear a public apology? Or is Kajsa Ekis Ekman and her team happy to be perceived as more foul-mouthed, racist, sexist and unrepentant in their abuse of Thai women than an English football club?”
"The HIV and Sex Work Collection: Innovative Responses in Asia and the Pacific" is a collection of case studies highlighting the work undertaken by sex worker-led community based organisations and networks in undertaking HIV related advocacy efforts. It was launched in 2012 as the result of a collaboration between UNFPA, UNAIDS and APNSW.
“Last Rescue in Siam” is a short, silent black and white film produced by Empower Foundation, which uses parody to highlight the impact of anti-trafficking policies on sex workers operating in Thailand. According to the Empower research project, “We have now reached a point in history where there are more women in the Thai sex industry being abused by anti-trafficking practices than there are women exploited by traffickers.”
On International Women’s Day, 8 March, 2005, Pornpit Puckmai, a Thai sex worker activist and the manager of EMPOWER Foundation’s Chiang Mai office, was awarded with the first annual human rights award by the National Human Rights Commission of Thailand. Pornpit received the award for her activism in defending the rights of women.