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Sex Workers Who Help and Support Other Sex Workers

SWOP is a sex worker-led, peer-based community organisation whose primary purpose is the prevention of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs), through education, referral and empowerment.


SWOP Mission Statement

SWOP is a sex worker-led program that aims to prevent HIV and other STIs among Canberra’s sex worker community and empower and support the rights of sex workers. Delivering education to encourage the wider community to see sex work as work and ensure that sex workers are treated respectfully in and outside their safe workplaces.


SWOP Aims:

  • To educate sex workers about safer sex practices and the prevention of HIV and other STIs.
  • To lobby for legal and administrative frameworks that do not discriminate against sex workers and former sex workers.
  • To address the special needs of workers from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds so they can have easier access to services and resources.
  • To eradicate sex worker stereotypes in popular consciousness and replace myths with the truth about sex workers and our unique and diverse experiences.
  • To provide information about how to obtain access to a range of health and community services that are appropriately sensitive to the needs of sex workers.

Outreach

Outreach is a free service to all sex workers, studios and brothels in the ACT. Outreach is delivered to ensure sex workers have access to information about their health and rights.


Product Sales


Low-cost latex and non-latex condoms, water-based lubricants, sponges and dental dams are available for purchase. Drop by the Meridian office between Monday to Friday 9am-5pm. Cash accepted and EFTPOS facilities available. 

Havelock House,
85 Northbourne Avenue,
Turner ACT 2612

(02) 6257 2855

Tuesday – Friday, 9:30am – 5:00pm

We are here to educate sex workers about safe sex practices and the prevention of HIV and other STIs. To lobby for legal and administrative frameworks that do not discriminate against sex workers and former sex workers.

To address the special needs of workers from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds so they can have easy access to services such as access to resources.

To eradicate sex worker stereotypes in the popular consciousness and replace myths with the truth about sex workers and our experiences.

To provide information about how to obtain access to a range of health and community services that are appropriately sensitive to the needs of sex workers.


Drop in

You are welcome to drop in for a cuppa and con­fidential chat with a SWOP worker 9:30am – 5:00pm Tuesday – Friday. Calling ahead is recommended to ensure a SWOP worker is available.


Meridian acknowledges Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures; and to Elders both past and present.

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