What we do

SCOT-PEP has been involved in the campaign for sex workers’ rights for over 20 years, from our roots in a research project on HIV and sex work, through two decades of service provision to sex workers in Edinburgh, to our current role as a campaigning organisation.

All Scot-pep volunteers and supporters sign up to and uphold the following core values:
  • We believe that sex work is work, and deserves the same protections as other work sectors 
  • We unequivocally oppose all forms of criminalisation of sex work (including sex workers, clients, management and others related to sex workers)
  • We call for the decriminalisation of sex work, including the purchase and sale of sex and other activities related to sex work
  • We affirm the right of sex workers to self determination, to organise, unionise, speak out and be heard
SCOT-PEP has had very insecure funding since April 2009 when we re-formed as a campaigning group. As we are a group made up of unpaid volunteers (assisted admirably by our part-time administrator who works only a few hours per month) we are able to carry out our work on a very small budget. 
We have relied on the goodwill of a small number of people who have given donations and used our very limited financial reserves to campaign for the safety and human rights of sex workers in Scotland.  However, our funds are running out very quickly.  By becoming a Supporter (click here) your donation will help us continue with this important work.
Here are just some examples of the types of campaigning, lobbying and other activities we are involved in that your donation will support:
  • Campaigning against attempts to criminalise the purchase and/or sale of sex in Scotland
  • Responding to consultations on issues affecting sex workers, recent examples include:
  • Rhoda Grant Criminalisation Bill (read our response here)
  • UK Parliament’s ‘All Party Parliamentary Group on Prostitution & the Global Sex Trade’
  • Northern Ireland Assembly ‘Human Trafficking & Exploitation (Further Provisions & Support for Victims) Bill’
  • Planning & supporting events for sex workers in Scotland – see SWOU Sex Worker Rights Festival here
  • Lobbying MSPs, local councillors, the Police Service and others on issues relating to sex workers’ rights (e.g. licensing arrangements for establishments, law enforcement implementation issues, arrangements)
  • Writing Briefing Papers on issues of significance for sex workers in Scotland (see some of our Briefing Papers here)
  • Challenging poor policy on sex work
  • Building alliances with other rights-based movements to identify issues of common ground and further sex workers’ rights
  • Representing and speaking up for sex worker rights at local and national forums:
  • Violence Against Women Partnerships
  • Providing advice and sign-posting to other services for sex workers
  • UKNSWP (Scotland) forum
  • Scottish Parliament’s Cross Party Group on Human Trafficking
  • Actively campaigning for the full decriminalisation of sex work within a human rights-based framework
  • Ensuring that services aimed at, and relevant to, sex workers meaningfully consult sex workers in the commissioning, design and delivery of their services