About the Project

SWOP-NOLA is the local (New Orleans) chapter of Sex Workers outreach Project USA, a national social justice network dedicated to the fundamental human rights of sex workers and their communities, focusing on ending violence and stigma through education and advocacy.

What is a sex worker?

A sex worker is any individual who works in the sex industry. Sex workers are a diverse group that varies in race, gender, age, nationality, socioeconomic status, and type of sex work performed. Some examples: escorts, exotic dancers, indoor sex workers, street sex workers, erotic film actors and actresses, sensual massage providers, and those paid to engage in fetish and role-play scenes with clients. Most have some direct sexual contact with clients.

Why are we making this list?

Ideally, everyone could expect to be met with sensitivity and respect when seeking healthcare. But sex workers are often met with criticism from those in the medical field and counselors/therapists. This discourages patients from being honest and open with their healthcare providers.

Sex workers have unique healthcare needs, and in order to maintain healthy bodies and minds, patients who engage in sex work must feel comfortable being honest with their healthcare providers. Many avoid the topic of sex work for fear of judgment. This can result in the patient's needs not being met.

We aim to create a directory of healthcare providers who have confirmed that they are comfortable working with people who work in the sex industry so that individuals in the sex worker community can feel confident that their needs will be met in a respectful, nonjudgmental manner.