Harm Reduction

Harm Reduction is the model through which a lot of advocacy around sex work is done.

HIPS, for instance, describes their work as "rooted in harm reduction philosophy, non judgmental and client centered". In addition to other services, they do street-based condom distribution and counseling. Their mission statement goes on to say that they provide "harm reduction services, advocacy, and community engagement that is respectful, non-judgmental, and affirms and honors individual power and agency".
Harm reduction non-judgmentally accepts sex work, and focuses on the agency and well-being of those involved in the industry. Especially as long as sex work is illegal and stigmatized, harm reduction services for workers will be necessary.

Legalization vs Decriminalization

There are a lot of opinions among sex workers about what the best way to regulate the industry is. An explanation of the different models followed in the world is here.


A comprehensive list of sex worker advocacy organizations can be located here. Some of the larger advocacy organizations are:
Additionally, the only country in the world that currently has full decriminalization of sex work is New Zealand. Read about their sex worker advocacy org here.