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Media Releases

The latest media releases, sorted in reverse chronological order.

Sex Workers Celebrate the Passing of the Bill to Decriminalise Sex Work in the NT

Today, 26th November, 2019, sex workers in Northern Territory and throughout Australia celebrate the passing of the Sex Industry Bill 2019 in NT Parliament. This places NT as only the third jurisdiction in the world to decriminalise sex work. Significantly this bill fully decriminalises sex work in the NT providing sex workers with access to the same workplace health and safety protections as other Territorians.

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SIN and Scarlet Alliance Joint Media Release

Sex workers devastated as South Australian Lower House vote against industrial, health and human rights for sex workers. Sex workers in South Australia and throughout Australia are heartbroken after the Members of the House of Assembly turned their backs on the rights and safety of sex workers in SA, despite widespread community support for decriminalisation of sex work.

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NT Sex Industry Bill

Today the Economic Policy and Scrutiny Committee will be holding a public hearing into the Northern Territory Sex Industry Bill, 2019. This public hearing will provide further opportunity for sex workers through the Sex Worker Reference Group (SWRG), the SWOP NT and the Scarlet Alliance, Australian Sex Workers Association to provide testimony and evidence about why sex workers need the full decriminalisation of sex work in the NT through support of the Sex Industry Bill 2019.

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SWOP NT and Scarlet Alliance: Sex Workers Congratulate NT Government for Bill to Decriminalise Sex Work

The Sex Worker Outreach Program (SWOP NT), the Sex Worker Reference Group (SWRG) and Scarlet Alliance, Australian Sex Workers Association congratulate the Northern Territory Labor Government for engaging with sex workers, our organisations and national association in presenting a Bill that will fully decriminalise sex work. The Bill will ensure industrial protections and rights are afforded to sex workers as they are to all Territorians.

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Scarlet Alliance and SWOP NSW Joint Statement

Scarlet Alliance, Australian Sex Workers Association and Sex Workers Outreach Project of New South Wales (SWOP) extend our sincere condolences to those affected by the murder committed in yesterday’s Clarence Street attack in Sydney. The sex worker community is devastated by the series of random and senseless acts of violence that occurred in the Sydney CBD yesterday afternoon Tuesday, 13th August.

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Sex Worker Workplace Health and Safety Symposium

‘80% of us work illegally, so we can be safe’, say Qld sex workers

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Scarlet Alliance, AFAO, AIDA, AIVL, ASHM, Hepatitis Australia, NAPWHA: National Strategies

Peak health and community organisations congratulate the Australian Government’s new National BBV and STI Strategies

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AIVL & Scarlet Alliance Joint Media Release

CUSTODIAL SETTINGS & DECRIMINALISATION OF SEX WORK FEATURE IN NEW NATIONAL BBV & STI STRATEGIES

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Scarlet Alliance and SWOP NSW: VALE Roberta Perkins

Scarlet Alliance, Australian Sex Workers Association and SWOP NSW mourn the passing of academic, researcher, author and trans and sex worker rights activist Roberta Perkins. Roberta passed away yesterday afternoon 26th June, 2018.

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Joint Media Release, Scarlet Alliance, SWOP, ACT & AIDS Action Council

Sex workers welcome changes to the sex work regulations in the ACT.

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SCARLET ALLIANCE and VIXEN COLLECTIVE: Sex workers slam Victorian Liberal Party support of harmful laws against sex workers

Yesterday the Victorian Liberal Party passed a motion to support the harmful Nordic Model of sex work regulation. The Nordic Model criminalises clients and the support structures of sex workers as well as isolating and harming sex workers.

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HIV criminalisation stigmatises HIV and contributes to future HIV transmissions

Following a verdict handed down on 19/1/18 in the WA District Court, Scarlet Alliance, Australian Sex Workers Association, the National Association of People with HIV Australia (NAPWHA), the Australasian Society for HIV, Viral Hepatitis and Sexual Health Medicine (ASHM) and the Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations (AFAO) have highlighted the negative impact of the use of criminal law on Australia’s HIV response.

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SCARLET ALLIANCE, MAGENTA and SWEAR: Stigma, Discrimination and Incarceration in a Male Prison for CJ Palmer

In WA district Court CJ Palmer, who had previously worked as a sex worker, has today received a guilty verdict for the charge of grievous bodily harm in relation to the transmission of HIV to her ex-partner. CJ, a trans woman, has been remanded in a male prison until sentencing on the 16th February 2017 and will have to serve out her sentence in a male prison.

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Sex Workers Applaud SA Select Committee Report on Decriminalisation of Sex Work Bill, joint media release with SIN and Scarlet Alliance

The South Australian Sex Industry Network (SIN) and Scarlet Alliance, Australian Sex Workers Association are today celebrating the decision of the South Australian Select Committee of the Legislative Council, to recommend the passing of the Statutes Amendment (Decriminalisation of Sex Work) Bill 2015 without amendment.

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Federal Budget: Drug Testing of Welfare Recipients Costly and Pointless, 10 May 2017, joint media release with AIVL, AFAO, NAPWHA and Scarlet Alliance

The Australian Injecting and Illicit Drug Users League (AIVL), Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations (AFAO), National Association of People with HIV Australia (NAPWHA) and the Scarlet Alliance, Australian Sex Workers Association have warned that drug testing welfare recipients will be a costly and pointless exercise, particularly without additional funding for the alcohol and other drug (AOD) treatment sector.

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