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The latest media releases, sorted in reverse chronological order.

National Sex Worker Conference Condemns Recent Amendments to WA Legislation

"Current debate informed by myths and misinformation"

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"AUSTRALIAN SEX WORK EXPERTS DENOUNCE ANTI- SEX WORKER LOBBYIST EKBERT AND THE SWEDISH LAWS" 20 September 2007

European paid lobbyists who have flown in to oppose WA’s clearer approach to the sex industry are making unsubstantiated claims about the outcome of decriminalisation. “As the Australian experts on sex work, Scarlet Alliance suggests that Ms Ekbert brush up on the issues facing sex workers in her own country before she comes here to tell us what’s best for the occupational health and safety of sex workers in Australia.”

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"Scarlet Alliance responds to Chris Seage, Crikey.com, 16 May 2007

Scarlet Alliance would appreciate the opportunity to respond to some of the allegations made in a recent Crikey.com article by ABA representative, Chris Seage.....

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"Advocates Criticize Moralistic Policy That Randall Tobias Enforced" Melissa Dittmore (NSWP) and Juhu Thukral (SWP), 1 May 2007

(New York City, May 1, 2007) Randall Tobias retired from his position as Director of U. S. Foreign Assistance and Administrator for the U. S. Agency for international Development (USAID) after being implicated in a prostitution scandal. The irony is that Tobias was the chief enforcer and mouthpiece of the Anti-Prostitution Pledge, which requires USAID grantees, among others, to denounce prostitutes the very people whom they are trying to empower and serve. As advocates for the health and human rights of sex workers, we are not interested in Randall Tobias's personal life. However, the recent revelations about his connections to an escort agency that operated in Washington DC provide an opportunity to reflect on the ineffective and morality-driven policies that he enforced.

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"Response to WA Law Reform Working Group Report" 2 March 2007

Congratulations to the Prostitution Law Reform Working Group 2007. Scarlet Alliance recognises the approach of the Working Group as vastly more considerate of sex worker issues than that of previous Western Australian Governments. The report is a move in the right direction by the WA Labor Government, which has clearly learnt from the mistakes of prior law reform failures. We thank the Working Group for what appears to be a genuine attempt to understand a diverse and complex industry.

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"Union outcry over calls for extra brothel regulatory powers" ABC Online 25 Jan 07

The sex workers' union is rejecting calls for authorities to be given extra powers to regulate prostitution.

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"Sex workers lobby Parliament for legislation changes," ABC Online, 9 Nov 06

The Australian Sex Workers Association will be lobbying at a forum in Adelaide today for the introduction of anti-discrimination legislation for its members. Around 70 sex workers will attend the conference at Parliament House.

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Sex Workers Talk About HIV - Commemorating World AIDS Day 2006

In the 80’s, sex workers’ response to HIV in Australia was immediate and tangible. Sex workers organised together to do voluntary peer education work, including the distribution of condoms in street based sex working areas. Brothel sex workers demanded the right to use condoms, educating their clients and the brothel owners in the process. By the late 1980’s, condom use was up to 90%, setting an environment for an unprecedented positive public health story. To date, there has been no recorded transmission of HIV through sex work in Australia.

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"Sex Workers Welcome CMC Report & Challenge Spence to Conform" 5 October 2006

The Crime and Misconduct Commissions most recent inquiry into the sex industry has overwhelmingly found against the registration of private sex workers in Queensland.

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"Sex workers call for task force consultation" 2nd October 2006, ABC News Online

Sex workers call for task force consultation Australia's sex worker industry has cautiously welcomed moves to establish a joint government task force to help combat sex slavery and trafficking.

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Concern Over New "Sex Slavery & Trafficking" Working Party

A new cross-jurisdictional working party, consisting of a small number of "senior" representatives from the state, territory and commonwealth "Minister for Women" offices, will aim to ascertain the extent of sexual slavery and trafficking of women in Australia.

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Sex Workers’ Rights: Time to Deliver! SEX WORKERS’ DEMONSTRATION at XVI AIDS Conference

Wednesday, August 16th, 2006 at 10 AM, The Stilletto Lounge Sex Workers’ Networking Zone in the Global Village, Toronto International AIDS Conference 2006

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Health and Human Rights Advocates Denounce Gates Foundation’s Support of Raids on Sex Workers, Advocates Gather in Toronto to Promote Rights and Safety of Groups Vulnerable to HIV/AIDS

(Toronto, August 14, 2006) – The international Network of Sex Work Projects (NSWP) and other human rights NGOs applaud this week’s commitment by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to commit $500 million to the Global Fund for HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment efforts. At the same time, however, the Gates Foundation has bowed to conservative pressure in the United States by funding groups that conduct and assist police raids on sex workers in countries like Cambodia and Thailand. These raids are infamous for further endangering vulnerable women.

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Pre-emptive Strike Against Sex Workers: Spence Avoids CMC Report and Pushes Ahead With Registration Of Private Sex Workers

Judy Spence has jumped the gun on the CMC by releasing the Prostitution Act 2006 in advance of the long awaited CMC final report. The final report is rumoured to be in opposition to individual private sex worker registration – a move which is made possible by the Prostitution Amendment Act 2006. Clearly Spence had no intention of respecting the CMC processes – unless they agreed with her arguments

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Move To Criminalise Oral Sex: Sex Workers Targeted

The Police Minister Judy Spence is increasing police powers to entrap and deceive sex workers into offering oral sex without a condom. Currently police act as clients, calling and visiting sex workers to pressure them into agreeing to offer sex without a condom, and then pressing criminal charges against them for it. However in one case the sex worker pleaded not guilty – and got off. The court ruled that they had only offered the service, not actually done it, therefore the crime was not committed. In a bizarre twist Police Minister Judy Spence is now tabling legislation to criminalise even the discussion of oral sex without a condom – but only for sex workers. Sex workers, experts and community representatives oppose the move.

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