Sex Work Research is a repository of writings on sex work, mostly academic research, but also organizational reports, media reports, and independent research. Our goal is to contribute to the visibility of research on the issues of sexual labour, labour, and critical persepctives of anti-trafficking in the field of sexual labour.

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Sex work research was initiated by Sonja Dolinsek (Twitter: @sonjdol), it is not funded by any organization and it lives solely through the efforts, the time and work of currently two individuals interested in spreading peer-reviewed research on sex work across various disciplines.

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We are currently two people posting content on the blog (in alphabetical order):

Sonja Dolinsek (Twitter: @sonjdol) is a PhD student in History at Erfurt University and us based in Berlin. Her research focuses on the history of the transnational politics of prostitution and sex workers’ rights in the 20th century. She has studied political science, history and philosophy at various universities, including the University of Bologna, Sciences Po Rennes, Brown University, and Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. She is the Founder and Editor of the German online magazine, Menschenhandel Heute (human trafficking today), where critical analyses of human trafficking policies and reports and their impact on migrants, sex workers and human rights are published. Sonja is committed to a human rights based approach to human trafficking, as well as to the strengthening of the rights of sex workers and (undocumented) migrants.

Wendy Lyon (@wendylyon) is a Dublin-based researcher and blogger with the Feminist Ire collective ( She holds an LLM in International Human Rights Law from Griffith College Dublin, writing her dissertation on sex workers’ right to health. Her day job is as a refugee, immigration and human rights lawyer.


People who contributed in the past

Matthias Lehmann (@photogroffee)

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  1. I am not anti-sw. Am a scholar who fights human trafficking. Followed a tweet exchange with Wendy & you on twitter watched a youtube video and would like information on how to include sw in fight against trafficking as well as more on sw that is not trafficking. Please respond to email below. I have a website and would like to integrate your position. Thanks, Karre.

    • As of now, we do not have an explicitly stated position. Generally speaking, I believe that fighting against human trafficking (understood as exploitation) is not only compatible with a strengthening of sex workers’ rights, but that decriminalization of sex work is a necessary tool. Sex workers are not criminals – even thought half the globe believes so. As long as sex workers are criminalized, the fight against human trafficking for sexual exploitation will be half-hearted. But of course, those who conflate sex work with human trafficking, won’t see this argument. Please do not quote this comment – it is my personal view. For research on human trafficking that reflects this view, look at

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