Scarlet Alliance and New Zealand Prostitutes Collective (NZPC) active at the Pan Pacific HIV/AIDS Conference 2005 The 2005 Pan Pacific HIV/AIDS conference occured at the end of October in Auckland, New Zealand. Scarlet Alliance and NZPC did poster presentations, gave papers and ensured the issues of sex workers were heard. Also it was a great chance for Australian and New Zealander sex worker activists to forge closer ties. Picture taken at the opening ceremony and welcome for the Pan Pacific HIV/AIDS Conference, October 2005
National Forum for Sex Workers, held mid-October in Melbourne 2005 Scarlet Alliance National Forum occurs in a different Australian city annually and brings together sex workers from different parts of Australia. The Melbourne forum included:
- reports from sex workers from each state/territory, discussing government funded services for sex workers, law reform and activism
- discussions about proposed changes to Tasmanian sex industry laws
- workshops on current trends in sex work in Australia, including use of condoms and STI's
- workshops on funding, health policy and law reform
- workshops on the ways sex worker groups and Scarlet Alliance can improve inclusion of marginalised sectors of the sex work community
- papers from sex workers on sex work around the Asia Pacific region
- discussions about the effect of anti-trafficking laws on migrant sex workers in Australia.
- the launch of a new Victorian sex worker group
The forum concluded with a public event on the 14th of October at Trades Hall, attended by over 100 people. Link to Symposium agenda. Stay tuned for papers from the public forum. Picture taken at the National Forum 2004, in Sydney.
Media from the forum focussed on migration rights for migrant sex workers, especially those from south east asia. Check out the Scarlet Alliance media page or see the (same) AAP story repeated on Seven.com, in the Sydney Morning Herald, and The Age.
BITE Magazine - Red Light Edition Launch Articles include Whore Diary and Sex Trafficking. Get it in a venue near you!
International Feminisms edition of Social Alternatives Elena Jeffreys, Janelle Fawkes and Maria McMahon of Scarlet Alliance have papers published in this journal which is being launched at NSW Parliament House on Thursday the 1st of September. More on the launch or link to off-site home page
A European Conference on Sex Work, Human Rights, Labour and Migration Celebration! Connection! Challenge! Brussels, Belgium October 15-17 2005 Go to external link Women, men and trans-persons from across Europe will be coming together to celebrate, to share experiences about working in the sex industry and to work with each other and in cooperation with our allies for change. We want to put sex worker rights back on the European agenda and change the current focus on trafficking to migration, labour and human rights.
African Sex Worker Meeting December 2005 This meeting will be held in conjunction with the regional conference on HIV/AIDS, ICASA 4 - 9 December 2005, Abuja, Nigeria. More about the conference or link to NSWP or ICASA.
INTERNATIONAL WHORE'S DAY in JUNE Events at different venues in Australia will raise awareness of the shared struggle sex workers internationally fight against police corruption. This day commemorates the take over of a church in Leon by sex workers demanding protection from police violence and corruption.
INTERNATIONAL EVENTS in MAY 2005
Film Festival to feature Scarlet Alliance, 1 - 8 May link
The 4th San Francisco Sex Worker Film Festival includes "Whore College", Sex Worker Rights Forum and More! Curated by Carol Leigh aka Scarlot Harlot.
Montreal Sex Worker Conference, 18 - 22 May link
International Sex Worker Organisations Stella (Montreal), DMSC (India) and Cabiria (France) celebrate a decade of sex worker activism with sex workers from all over the world! 250 sex worker participants will politic together and then party on at the closing salon.
One of the performances (a collaboration with Australian, Thai and US sex workers) rejects the
rescues a misinformed strategy often used by large US funded organisations working in South East Asia. Thai and migrant sex workers are
rescued from a brothel only to be taken to another location where they are held against their will by US funded organisations who are
saving the women. Many of the women escape and return to the brothels fearing the retraining (sometimes for as long as 9 months) they will be forced to endure at the hands of their rescuers.
Five Australian Sex Workers had their films and performances showcased as part of the 4th San Francisco Sex Worker Film Festival. (Photograph: Scarlot Harlot - Director of festival, Image by Decriminalise Debby).
The week also included forums, tours and training sessions as sex worker rights activists from around the US and the world discuss law reform models and the outcomes. Decriminalisation has clearly been the call by sex workers from around the world. The Australian 'Debby Doesn't Do It for Free' performers are also appearing throughout the week.
Women's History Month MARCH 2005
Scarlet Alliance and sex workers all over Australia are holding a series of events to highlight the valuable input of sex working women to the broader womens rights movement. See events
National Sex Worker talk-fest Tuesday 22nd March 2pm See details
Queensland-Pro-sex Pro-work Pro-choice Wednesday 30th March 2pm See details
Victoria - Only Rights can stop the wrongs Tuesday 8th March 6pm-9pm See details
New South Wales - All Aboard the Joy Bus Tour - DATE CHANGED Tuesday, 30 March 6pm – 8pm See details
Sex Appeal- the sex industry supporting Tsunami survivors
All monies raised from these March events will go toward the Scarlet Alliance and SWOP NSW ‘Sex Appeal’ fund raising project. Moneys from this project will go to assisting sex workers, beach workers, and masseuses who lost their workplaces and livelihoods in the tsunami disaster. For more information or to donate contact firstname.lastname@example.org
February/March 2005 USA Only (we need them to come to Australia)
The show is an eye-popping evening of visual and performance art created by people who work in the sex industry to dispel the myth that they are anything short of artists, innovators, and geniuses!
Sex Worker Performance Night Queer Sex workers (nude modelling, erotic dance and massage, phone sex, professional doms and subs, full service, escort and film work) who are trans (FTM), butch or femme-identified are welcome to submit performance ideas to email@example.com. This will be held on the 20th of March at the Imperial Hotel, Erskinville.
Forum XXX An international gathering for sex workers from all over the world! In Montreal, 18th of May 2005
Scarlet Alliance National Forum - SYDNEY 21-25 NOVEMBER AGM for Scarlet Alliance Members and all sex workers. Opened by the Debby's Performance night.
Debby doesn't do it for free - Performance in Sydney, 21st of November 2004 at the Imperial Hotel, Erskinville
OCTOBER 04 - Women's Legal Service Inc. Conference The conference will include workshops by Janelle Fawkes Scarlet Alliance and Elena Jeffreys