The Sex Work Law Map launches in London

It can be difficult to get up to date, accurate information on sex work law online. This is why the Institute of Development Studies' (IDS) Sexuality, Poverty and Law Programme has published the Sex Work Law Map, an interactive tool which provides summaries of the laws, regulations and policies on female sex work in over 75 countries.

The map was launched in London on Tuesday 15 September, in an event chaired by activist Samantha Roddick and introduced by Cheryl Overs, founder of the Global Network of Sex Work Projects and visiting research fellow at IDS who led the map's creation. The audience also heard from Ntokozo Yingwana of the Sex Workers Education and Advocacy Taskforce (SWEAT) in South Africa, Daughtie Ogutu, Director of the African Sex Workers Alliance (ASWA) and Sojna Dolinsek a researcher in the history of sex workers’ rights.

Kate Hawkins of Pamoja, a communications and consultancy organisation, put together this Storify to document the event and some of the conversation around sex work, the law and the rights of sex workers.