Bay Area Sex Worker Advocacy Network

Providing information about
Sex Worker Rights, Culture and Media

This website, a project of BAYSWAN, is specifically geared

towards sex workers, activists, students and faculty.


BAYSWAN-Carol Leigh, Director
Box 210256
San Francisco, CA 94121
For further information call 415-751-1659
Or email us at

BAYSWAN's central project has been production of the San Francisco Bay Area Sex Worker Film and Arts Festival since 1999. BAYSWAN also provides consultation about sex worker rights issues to local and international organizations through the Sex Worker Education Network. The Sex Workers Education Network is an information service (formerley PENet, Prostitutes Education Network) which providesinformation for sex workers and others about diverse sex industries. BAYSWAN links individuals to resources provided by sex workers' and other rights based organizations.

The Sex Workers Education Network is an information service highlighting legislative and cultural issues as they effect prostitutes and other sex workers. The service is comprised of information for sex workers and activists/educators who study issues of decriminalization, human rights in the context of prostitution, violence against prostitutes and women, trafficking issues from a sex worker rights perspective, sex workers and pornography, as well as current trends in legislation and social policy in the U.S. and internationally.Through Sex Workers Education Network, sex workers and others who research prostitution issues may find or request information and get connected with others who advocate for sex workers' rights in their geographical area.

Further information about Carol Leigh, BAYSWAN Co-founder and director, is available here.

Material from the following organizations is included: The National Task Force on Prostitution (U.S.), PONY- Prostitutes of New York (N.Y.), SWOP-Sex Worker's Outreach Project (NSW, Australia), SWAC- Sex Worker's Action Coalition (Oakland), Toronto Safe Sex Project, COYOTE -Call Off Your Old Tired Ethics (San Francisco, Los Angeles and Seattle), HIRE- Hooking Is Real Employment (Atlanta, Georgia), SIN- Sex Industry Network (Adelaide, Australia), SWAV -Sex Worker's Alliance of Vancouver (British Columbia), Danzine (Portland, Oregon), and the Exotic Dancer's Alliance (San Francisco).Information distributed includes AIDS reports, materials from The San Francisco Board of Supervisors' Task Force on Prostitution, testimony and stories by workers, health and community outreach reports, sex worker art and more.