Scarlet Alliance Australian Sex Workers Association
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Scarlet Alliance recognise that Australia is a colony built upon Aboriginal land, we pay our respect to the elders and custodians of this land, current, past and future, and stand in solidarity with the struggles of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. We are a proud member of the Anwernekenhe National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander HIV/AIDS Alliance (ANA).
Scarlet Alliance Annual National Forum is in Sydney 26-28 November this year.
The three days will include: an exciting range workshops; state reportbacks; panel presentations; discussions; policy setting sessions; a red umbrella march; a night of celebration and performance; and an Annual General Meeting with election of this years representatives, spokespersons, Executive Committee and doubles. The three days will be action packed and an agenda will be released very soon. Link here to more information on the Scarlet Alliance Events page. or download the flyer
The three days are followed by the Touching Base training for sex workers wanting to learn skills on working with clients with a disability.
Scarlet Alliance, the Australian Sex Workers Association celebrates the life and memory of Tracy Connelly, a member of the street based sex worker community in St Kilda.
Her vibrancy and community spirit is a great loss to sex workers in St Kilda, in Victoria, and everywhere.
Scarlet Alliance will continue to support all moves to decriminalise street based sex work in Victoria; sex work is work. Tracy did not deserve to die, no sex worker should be put in danger at work due to laws that do not recognise our profession. Sex workers and supporters will continue to remember her life and strive for a time when violence against sex workers is a thing of the past.
Childcare at the Scarlet Alliance National Forum 26-28th November 2013At this year's national forum there will be free childcare available onsite at the Conference venue with volunteer sex workers providing the child care.
Children of sex workers who are attending the conference are welcome in the conference space as well (with kid friendly activities happening in the separate childcare space upstairs) The food provided at the conference for attendees will also be available for children but please note infant/non-solid food will not be provided.
Please contact Scarlet Alliance as soon as possible with any specific childcare needs you wish to discuss via: firstname.lastname@example.org
South Australian Law Reform-Decriminalisation Bill WONT BE VOTED THIS Parliamentary SITTING
MEDIA: Rally held at Parliament House 5th June. Many local South Australian sex workers including representatives from SIN, SWAGGER and Scarlet Alliance rallied in support of the pure decriminalisation bill.
Sex workers gather at Parliament House International, Adelaide
Sex work is currently criminalised in South Australia under laws contained in the Summary Offences Act 1953 and the Criminal Law Consolidation Act 1935. Currently sex workers in South Australia work in fear of the police, without industrial or OH&S protections and are often forced to prioritise avoiding detection over utilising safety strategies.
On the 16th of May 2013 a private members bill was introduced to the House of Assembly, by the Hon Stephanie Key, Member for Ashford, which seeks to decriminalise all forms of sex work for people over 18, include sex work in anti discrimination protections, ensure existing sex work related convictions are wiped from peoples records.
The Statutes Amendment (Decriminalisation of Sex Work) Bill 2013 didn't make it to the vote.
Sex Workers Continue Protest In Western Australia against Barnetts Bill May 2013
Protests held in all Australian Capital Cities in solidarity with the International Day of Protest against the violent Abuse and Murder of Sex Workers.Protests were held on Friday 19th July at 3pm in Canberra, Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Hobart, Adelaide, Perth and Darwin.
NEWS Canada - Supreme Court Justice Richard Wagner has denied several prominent sex worker groups the opportunity to intervene in the Bedford v. Canada appeal, to be heard at the Supreme Court of Canada on June 13th, 2013.
Translated information section of this website now live. Available in Thai, Chinese and Korean
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- 澳大利亚性工作者协会公司的目标 www.scarletalliance.org.au/chinese
- 스칼렛 얼라이언스, 호주 성 노동자 사단 www.scarletalliance.org.au/korean
NEW MEMBERSHIP STRUCTUREOur Annual General Meeting in November 2012 included a decision to change individual membership. There are now two categories. A free non-voting individual membership and a voting membership that costs $110 for three years membership. To join Scarlet Alliance download the membership form
Or find out more by clicking here
WATCH Scarlet Alliance CEO Janelle Fawkes explain the role of Peer Education in HIV prevention
HIV IS A VIRUS NOT A CRIME - jailing sex workers living with HIV is a travesty of human rights. The recent arrest of a Melbourne sex worker living with HIV is against all good health policy and is not supported by evidence regarding HIV transmission in Australia
- Scarlet Alliance has been running a contemporary campaign on this issue since 2008.
- Link to joint statement by HIV organisations in Australia, 2008
- Link to Scarlet Alliance media release "HIV is a virus not a crime" Australian HIV Orgs Respond, 19 September 2008
- Link to database of laws that criminalise HIV across Asia 亚洲艾滋法律数据库 . The data base is run by Asia Catalyst.
- For more information...
REMEMBERING ALLY DANIELThe following are a list of links to the amazing sex worker activism of NSW based sex worker Ally Daniel who passed away in 2011.
Ally Daniel presentation at NSW Parliament House, Nov 2010
Ally Daniel article for RhED Magazine #16Today I chose to identify as a sex worker under my real name. Choosing to use my real name is liberating but also a risk…I risk what you may think of me, where and with who you may share that information with and how they may react to me; I risk future employment by telling you (a dilemma I have always been acutely aware of – how do I explain the past 12 years of employment?) This can pose a very real danger in many ways.
The most liberating and empowering experience I’ve had in applying for a job was recently when I was able to apply for a position at SWOP (Sex Workers Outreach Project). Part of the criteria for this position was ‘sex work experience’, so for the first time I was able to include my skills as sex worker in my resume and covering letter; for the first time I did not have to hide who I was or how I gained some of those skills; for the first time in a job application I could be "me"!
...I don’t hide my job because of my feelings about my work - I hide it because of your feelings about my work. It is your ignorance and feelings that victimises, humiliates and degrades me. It is your feelings that make me ashamed of who I am and what I do. I can’t hold my head up high and be proud of myself, until YOU allow me to do so.
It cannot be said enough: sex workers are people – they are your friends, your family members, they are wage earners, tax-payers and parents — and they deserve the same human rights as everyone else. Download PDF of full article
Ally Daniel quoted by Kate Holden in Meanjin 2011"What other job can a woman walk into, with no recent references or work experience, get employed immediately, work flexible hours to suit her and her family, get a decent wage for a relatively short time at work and get paid cash in hand at the end of her shift so she can pay that very pressing bill the next day?" Link to full story
Ally Daniel academic publication "The sexual health of sex workers: no bad whores, just bad laws" 2010"Sex workers are a group vilified, discriminated against and without many of the legal and social protections most people take for granted yet since the beginning of the HIV epidemic, sex workers in Australia have enjoyed extremely low rates of HIV transmission. Peer education and sex worker advocacy at individual and systemic levels are necessary to maintain these low rates of transmission." Download PDF
Ally Daniel comments for Scarlet Alliance's 21st Birthday"“On this day we celebrate the 21st birthday of Scarlet Alliance and recognise we have achieved so much. No longer are we, as sex workers, the pariahs of society. Anti-discrimination legislation, decriminalisation in other states, along with sex worker input into HIV and Trafficking policy and funding are all still on our agenda in 2010. The next 21 years will see sex work further legitimised and put whorephobia in the same basket as racism, sexism and homophobia.”" Link to media release
updated 11 Nov 2013