International Day of No Prostitution

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International Day of No Prostitution
Observed byAnti-sex work feminists
DateOctober 5
Next time5 October 2022 (2022-10)

International Day of No Prostitution (IDNP) is an awareness day celebrated to oppose the practice of sex work.[1] First observed in 2002, the event takes place annually on the 5th of October.


The IDNP was first observed in 2002; during its inaugural year, events were held to recognise it in the San Francisco Bay Area of California,[2] and Melbourne, Victoria.[3]

In 2005, the University of the Philippines Institute of Human Rights and the Asia-Pacific chapter of the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW) organized an IDNP event at which they discussed the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003.[4] In 2008, there was an IDNP candlelight vigil in Phoenix, Arizona;[5] a second such vigil took place again in 2010 in the same location, with some of the city's leaders and some former sex workers amongst the participants.[6]

Also in 2010, CATW observed IDNP by opposing the decision in Bedford v. Canada to strike down Canada's anti-sex work laws.[7] A group of former human trafficking victims and former sex workers in Canada also opposed the stricking down of these laws, picketing a courthouse in downtown Toronto, Ontario in recognition of IDNP.[8]

In 2011, People Working Against Prostitution, an organization in the Philippines, expressed disappointment that the Cagayan de Oro city council did not host any events in recognition of IDNP.[9]


  1. ^ "Survivors challenge legislators on International Day of No Prostitution". Alliance of Progressive Labor. October 5, 2004. Archived from the original on July 27, 2013. Retrieved July 26, 2013.
  2. ^ "No Prostitution Day in Davao on October 5". Davao Today. September 30, 2008. Retrieved July 26, 2013.
  3. ^ "Talking about prostitution". Women's Health Action. December 2002. Archived from the original on July 27, 2013. Retrieved July 26, 2013.
  4. ^ "Sex worker joins campaign vs prostitution". Philippine Daily Inquirer. October 17, 2005. p. A6.
  5. ^ "Plays and Candle Light Walk Part of Prostitution Awareness Week". East Valley Living. September 15, 2008. Archived from the original on July 27, 2013. Retrieved July 26, 2013.
  6. ^ Jennifer Parks (October 9, 2010). "Dignity candlelight walk raises awareness about Valley prostitution". American Broadcasting Company. Archived from the original on October 14, 2010. Retrieved July 26, 2013.
  7. ^ Norma Ramos (October 19, 2010). "Ontario To Traffickers: We're Open For Business". Coalition Against Trafficking in Women. Retrieved July 26, 2013.
  8. ^ Kevin Connor (October 6, 2010). "Former prostitutes picket trade". The London Free Press. Retrieved June 6, 2013.
  9. ^ "Women group to hold 'fun run'". Sun.Star. October 4, 2011. Archived from the original on October 6, 2015. Retrieved July 26, 2013.