A story of change: Knowing where to start

Hands Off
Last updated on: 27 February 2024

Under the Hands Off programme the Health, Rights & Safety training for sex workers was developed. Sex workers were trained to train their peers. With great succes: more than 1200 sex workers have been trained during cascade trainings. Sex workers are now able to make better choices with regard to their health and safety.


I started sex work when I was very young and to get to learn about STIs and prevention methods is beyond anything. It is important for us as sex workers to learn how we can protect ourselves. I am HIV negative and this workshop has encouraged time to stay negative and how to keep protecting myself.
– Sex worker from Botswana