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SWWAC operates on Treaty 1 Territory and in the birthplace of the Métis Nation.
Welcome! This site is a hub for sex workers in Winnipeg to connect with activism, community, and resources. It first launched in December 2014 and is run by and for sex workers, with help from allies.

What’s new

  • December 2020-February 2021: We received a grant from the Canadian Women’s Foundation, which we turned into a second COVID-19 Relief Fund. With this money, we were able to provide funds directly to more than 200 folx working the sex industry in Winnipeg. Thanks for including SWWAC in your relief grants, CWF!
  • May 2020: We gave out the $9600 we raised via our SWWAC COVID-19 Relief Fund Gofundme campaign. With this money, we were able to provide money directly to 96 people working in the sex trade in Winnipeg. Thanks so much to everyone who donated!
  • April 2020: SWWAC COVID-19 Relief Fund created on Gofundme, where we raised $9600. We are so grateful for all of this community support in these very rough times. 
  • April 2020: SWWAC members contributed to City News story, by Mark Neufeld: “Sex Workers Left Out of Canada’s COVID-19 Support Plan”
  • May 2019: SWWAC wins a Community Impact Award for the poster some of our members prepared for the 3rd Annual Communities and Collaboration Symposium at the University of Manitoba’s Rady Faculty of Health Sciences.
  • May 2018: Some of our members attended the launch of Winnipeg’s Bad Date List
  • April 2018: Our members contributed to a new article in the Winnipeg Free Press on the disappearance of Backpage: “Closure of free advertising website spurs fear, anger in city’s sex workers“, by Jessica Botelho-Urbanski (Winnipeg Free Press, Apr 25/18)
  • December 2017: Our members collaborated with other groups of sex workers, service/support workers, and allies to produce a Letter Chain to mark the International Day to End Violence Against Women
  • November 2017: Our members contributed to a new article in The Uniter: Sex Workers Are Not Illegal by Jaz Papadopoulos
  • August 2017: SWWAC’s Winnipeg Bad Date List Consultation is now complete. Thanks, again, to everyone who participated in the survey and focus groups. Thank you to everyone who has agreed to help us with the next steps, too. Please read the report and stay tuned for future developments!
  • January 20, 2017: Thank you to everyone who participated in our online survey and focus groups about developing a new ‘bad date’ system in Winnipeg. The report is almost finished! We’ll share it on the Reporting Bad Dates page as soon as it’s available.

Looking for something from our more distant past? Check out our What have we done and Past media pages.