A selection of videos and playlists from APNSW’s You Tube channel about sex workers’ human rights and how sex workers across Asia and the Pacific are organising and advocating for justice and equality. Sex workers demand:

  • an end to human rights abuses of sex workers;
  • inclusion of sex workers in all forums and decisions that affect us;
  • an end to violence and discrimination against sex workers and our families;
  • access to the same quality of health services available to others including universal access to HIV, TB, Malaria treatment and prevention; and
  • decriminalisation of sex work and other legal and policy reforms that enable sex workers to work safely and to participate fully as citizens.

( Content note: a number of these videos deal with the theme of violence against sex workers, including sexual violence. )

A selection of videos are below – see also a full list of all APNSW videos on Youtube.

International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers (17th Dec 2015)

APNSW members speak out about the various forms of violence sex workers experience in their countries. From Nepal, to Papua New Guinea, to Fiji –  violence by police is a major issue. Problems include arbitrary arrest, use of condoms as evidence, and physical and sexual violence at the hands of police. In Myanmar and Malaysia, police often fail to respond appropriately when sex workers report crimes against them; but relations with police are dramatically different where sex work is decriminalised, such as in New Zealand. And in Vietnam and Australia, APNSW members speak about how laws and policies, as well as stigma and discrimination, are a form of violence in themselves. They increase the risks sex workers face and decrease sex workers access to justice and health care.


World Aids Day (1st Dec 2015)

Members of APNSW from Vietnam, Fiji, New Zealand, Myanmar and Australia share messages for World Aids Day 2015. Their messages emphasise the importance of addressing stigma and discrimination against sex workers in order to enable and maintain effective, community led responses to HIV/AIDS.


Launch of “The Rights(s) Evidence – Sex Work, Violence and HIV in Asia” (2015)

Footage from the launch of a qualitative study that helps us better understand female, male and transgender sex workers’ experiences of violence. The study was carried out in Myanmar (Yangon), Indonesia (Jakarta), Nepal (Kathmandu) and Sri Lanka (Colombo).

We have the evidence! (2015)

Participants in the “The Right(s) Evidence – Sex Work, Violence and HIV in Asia” study talk about the process and the findings of the research.

Kandapara the Lost Brothel (2014)

The Kandapar brothel in Tangail, Bangladesh has existed for some 200 years. Over time, the successors of the aristocracy there sold properties to those who were living and working there.


In Memoriam Andrew Paul Hunter (2014)

First shown at UNAIDS, Geneva, on 25 February 2014, a tribute to the founder of APNSW and a friend of many across Asia and the Pacific, and the world.


Caught Between the Tiger and the Crocodile (2012)

This documentary looks at the violence and abuses faced by sex workers in Cambodia caused by anti-trafficking and 100% condom use policies.


“Bad Rehab” (2010)

A song and animated video using dolls to describe the real issues for sex workers in South East Asia who are forced into rehabilitation centres as part of the so-called anti-trafficking “rescue industry” – only to be detained against their will and experience violence and abuse. (This video was produced several years before the western mainstream media “discovered” the scandal of lies surrounding Somaly Mam in Cambodia.)

The Calcutta Sex Worker Freedom Festival (2012)

The 2012 International AIDS Conference (IAC) was held in the USA, despite legislation that prevents current sex workers, people who use drugs and people with criminal convictions from entering that country. As a protest, sex workers boycotted the event and organised an “alternative” IAC conference in Calcutta, India, called the Sex Worker Freedom Festival. The following playlist features extracts of the opening ceremony and a selection of speakers from the festival.

Sex Work and HIV Programs (2011/2012)

This playlist features videos that show some of the HIV related work of sex worker organisations around the region. They cover five countries and include programs by Durjoy Nari Shongo (Bangladesh), Lily Women’s Center (China), Tianjin Dark Blue (China), Target Outreach Program (TOP, Myanmar), Blue Diamond Society (Nepal), Empower Foundation (Thailand), and Service Workers in Group Foundation (SWING, Thailand).

“My Life, My Work, My Choice – Asia Pacific Transgenders” (2008)

APNSW members respect the uniqueness, diversity, culture and histories of transgender communities throughout the Asia Pacific Region.