Bay Area Sex Worker Advocacy Network

Providing information about
Sex Worker Rights, Culture and Media

This website, a project of BAYSWAN, offers information for

sex workers, activists, students and faculty.


BAYSWAN-Carol Leigh, Director
2309 Noriega, #45
San Francisco, CA 94122
For further information call 415-857-5425
Or email us at

The Sex Workers Education Network (formerly PENET, Prostitutes Education Network) website is an information service highlighting legislative and cultural issues as they effect prostitutes and other sex workers.

This service is comprised of consultation and 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.

Since 1999 BAYSWAN's central project has been production of the San Francisco Bay Area Sex Worker Film and Arts Festival. BAYSWAN also provides consultation about sex worker rights issues to local and international organizations. BAYSWAN also links individuals to resources provided by sex workers' and other rights based organizations.

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

Material from the following organizations is included: Desiree Alliance, Best Practices Policy Project, SWOP-Sex Worker's Outreach Project and others including historic (and current) organizations, also documented on these pages: The National Task Force on Prostitution (U.S.), PONY- Prostitutes of New York (N.Y.), Desiree Alliance, SWOP-Sex Worker's Outreach Project (NSW-Australa), SWAC- Sex Worker's Action Coalition (Oakland), Toronto Safe Sex Project, COYOTE -Call Off Your Old Tired Ethics (San Francisco, Rhode Island, 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. See this list of sex worker rights organizations and projects around the world: