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International Whores Day in Australia 2006

In Lyon, France on June 2 1975, sex workers and their supporters took over a church and staged a sit in over a number of days. The action was in protest against the increasing number of arrests of street sex workers, police harassment of them and the lack of interest shown by the police in solving murders and other crimes committed against them. This action inspired other sex workers around the world to start to organize themselves politically, giving birth to the sex worker rights movement that we have today.

Events held in Australia in 2006


Sex workers, their families and supporters gathered at SWOP NT to celebrate IWD 2006. This event was also the launch of the 1st edition of the Northern Territory "Ugly Mugs."

SOUTH AUSTRALIA - 2 June 2006, 8pm till late

A dress up social event and impromtu performances for currently or former sex workers, their families and supporters. Organised by SIN

NEW SOUTH WALES - 2 June 2006

A public forum brought together a large group of sex workers and supporters to discuss the Australian Sex Worker Rights Movement, our international links, migration and mobility and identity politics. Link to media from the event. Photo of speakers panel

Photo of International Whores Day participant, Carmen, in Sydney this year.