As part of International Whores Day celebrations, Adelaide sex workers and their supporters’ including other sex industry staff, health professionals, friends, family and clients of sex workers will take to the streets of Adelaide on Friday afternoon 5th June 2009, at peak hour with a message for the South Australian government – no bad whores, just bad laws!
Sex workers are outraged that they
are being enormously overcharged for advertising. Sex
worker Ivy McIntosh says “I’m paying too much for a measly two inches.
Sex work is legal in NSW. Why am I charged hundreds of dollars to
advertise in local papers when other trade occupations are charged less than
Scarlet Alliance has been contacted this morning by sex workers who are furious about the Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal advertisement in today’s press.
Sex Workers Demand Anti-Discrimination Protections: Australian Sex Workers Association National Conference in Brisbane, November 2008
"Australian HIV Organisations today demand decriminalisation of HIV, including sex work," Janelle Fawkes, CEO Scarlet Alliance, the Australian Sex Workers Association said today.
Scarlet Alliance, The Australian Sex Workers Association, is holding a community forum in Hobart on Friday August 22 to promote the need for better services for sex workers in Tasmania.
A crisis in anti-trafficking measures in Cambodia has resulted in violence, rape and the deaths of sex workers in detention centres. As a result, the national HIV prevention programs for sex workers have completely broken down. Sex workers hold a vigil outside the Cambodian Embassy in Canberra, 24th June 2008.
As Part of International Whores Day, SIN is proud to support a red umbrella event.
VIXEN, the Victorian Sex Industry Network, condemns the actions of the ACT government in relation to the recent charges against a male sex worker. VIXEN spokesperson Ms Tamsin Baker said, “The decision by the ACT’s Chief Health Officer, Charles Guest, to publicly identify the man, his home suburb, his occupation as a sex worker and his health condition is a violation of public health protocols as well as a violation of an individual’s right to privacy. Victorian sex workers believe that these actions fuel stigma and discrimination against individuals who work in the sex industry and people affected by HIV/AIDS.’
Scarlet Alliance, Australian Sex Workers Association, calls for changes to S. 25 of the ACT Prostitution Act and an investigation into actions by health officials in relation to this case.
Recently a male sex worker was charged in the ACT under the Prostitution Act on two accounts. “At this stage we do not know if the person is guilty of the charges laid. Mr Scott has pleaded not guilty and deserves and is entitled to a fair trial.” Janelle Fawkes, CEO, Scarlet Alliance.
The 5th International Day To End Violence Against Sex Workers is being marked in Australia with sex workers speaking out against contemporary brothel closure laws, introduced in NSW in July, and currently being discussed in Victoria.