Swathi Mahila Sangha (SMS) is a community organisation (CO) of women in sex work in Bangalore Urban district of Karnataka State in India. A group of women in sex work, inspired by movements in Bangladesh and Sonagachi fighting for the sexual and human rights of sex workers, came together in 2012 to form SMS. The CO is unique for the high numbers of street based sex workers as its members.
SMS has 10156 women in sex work and is registered under the Karnataka Societies Registration Act 1960.
Swathi aims to provide high quality services and facilities to cater to the needs of its members with their own funds and capacitated human resources.
SMS has been implementing combination programming of risk and vulnerability reduction to arrest the spread of HIV among the community and provides diverse services for the welfare of the members.
SMS works towards being a sustainable organisation continuing to serve female sex workers and their families and advocate with state and national governments to protect the interest of the community and its organisations.