This was the only session at #AIDS2018 entirely run by sex workers which provided some salient reminders that sex work is work, and that sex work and sex trafficking are entirely separate issues. Criminalisation of any aspect of sex work causes harm to sex workers. Instead, if a society wishes to address any troublesome aspects of sex work (e.g. poor health outcomes of sex workers), then we should work with sex workers to address these issues. Such well-intended efforts should be conducted by organisations that are run by sex workers, rather than being imposed upon sex workers.