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Sex Workers who Use Drugs: Ensuring a joint approach

18 October, 2015

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This joint briefing paper by NSWP and INPUD highlights the specific needs and rights of sex workers who use drugs, as a community that spans two key populations. This document provides an overview of some of the most endemic and substantive ways in which sex workers who use drugs face double criminalisation and associated police harassment, intersectional stigma, compounded marginalisation and social exclusion, heightened interference and harassment from healthcare and other service providers, infantilisation, pathologisation, and an associated undermining of agency, choice, and self-determination. A Community Guide is also available.

Contents include:
– Introduction Criminalisation, State-Sponsored Violence, and Violations of Privacy and Bodily Integrity
– Stigma and Discrimination: Drug-Userphobia and Sex-Workerphobia
– Health and Wellbeing: Healthcare and other Service Provision for Sex Workers who Use Drugs
– Conclusions and Good practice recommendations for sex workers who use drugs

This resource is useful for policy makers, sex worker-led organisations, healthcare and other service providers to develop effective policies and practices from a rights-based perspective.