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Womens 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.


New South Wales - All Aboard the Joy Bus Tour- DATE CHANGE

Sex worker activists are celebrating the 2005 Women’s History Month with a bus tour extraordinaire! The bus tour will weave its way through the sex industry hotspots of inner eastern Sydney, with our lovely mistress of ceremonies drawing attention historical and well-known houses of ill repute, street work action spots and other titillating areas from the 1960s to the present day. Those on the tour could find themselves sitting next to Tilley Devine (infamous Kings Cross local) or perhaps someone less famous (but just as hardworking!). The aim of this tour will be to demonstrate how sex industry workers and their supporters have moved the industry from under the shadow of organised crime and police corruption to the current decriminalised Australian model. Activists will be joining the bus on-route to provide insight on how sex industry advocacy changed lives.

The ‘Joy Bus’ tour is named in honour of the commemorative statue ‘Joy’, who was briefly erected in Bourke Street, East Sydney. Sadly, the statue of Joy, like her street-based sex worker counterparts, was the target of abuse and vandalism. She has since been removed to less obvious accommodation. However – her spirit remains. When: Tuesday, 30 March 6.30pm-8pm Venue: Bus tour will start a Burtons Restaurant, East Sydney. Cost: $50 Bookings: Contact Kate on 8568-1155 or for further information. Spaces are very limited so bookings are essential.


Queensland-Pro-sex Pro-work Pro-choice

Pro-sex Pro-work Pro-choice – A historical look at sex worker rights’ Scarlet Alliance, the Australian sex worker organisation, presents a forum celebrating Women’s History month and recognising the role of sex workers within this rich and dynamic narrative. From ‘speculum rapes’, HIV/AIDS, direct action, migrant worker rights to terminology and self-determination, a panel of speakers will map out this unspoken landscape within women’s history. When: Wednesday 30th March 2pm (gold coin donation) Venue: Queensland AIDS Council, 187 Melbourne St, South Brisbane RSVP: or 0411 985 135 All are welcome to come to this rare opportunity to taste sex work stories.

Scarlet Alliance and Women’s History Month Women’s history month is a time to reflect on the sex worker rights movement in Australia. Broadly traced from the 1960s to the present day, Australian sex worker communities have mobilised to demand better work conditions, form community-based organisations and represent themselves on a number of key legal and health-care issues. The subject of sex work has long raised the image of the fallen woman. However, it is the ability of sex workers to unite in the face of police and other corruption, standover tactics, government inquiries, violence, stigma and abuse, and ill-informed health and welfare systems, that have counteracted this disempowering stereotype.

The Scarlet Alliance pays homage over the month of March, 2005 to the women who pioneered sex worker activism. These women and their supporters have paved the way for law reform in the sex industry, demanding that sex work be acknowledged as legitimate work. They have helped developpeer-based sex worker services and education, ultimately leading to improved conditions for women who choose to work in the Australian sex industry.

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

National Sex Worker talk-fest Women who have participated in Australian sex worker rights campaigns for many years, along with others who are newer to this area, will share stories of their experiences and the often undocumented elements of sex worker culture and history.

This teleconference will provide a unique opportunity to share skills, build knowledge and assist in bridging generational gaps. ‘Sex worker talk-fest’ is funded by Scarlet Alliance and facilitated by Jenni Gamble, SIN, South Australian based Scarlet Alliance executive member. This event will be documented to create oral history archives. When: Tuesday 22nd March 2pm EST For more information contact: or (02)8568 1155

Victoria - Only Rights can stop the wrongs

You are invited to celebrate this Women’s History Month event with Scarlet Alliance, the Australian sex workers association, Melbourne based activists and local sex workers as we reflect on the rich history of advocacy and activism within the sex worker rights movement in Australia and the Asia Pacific Region. Join us for lively discussion and be challenged by a discourse on autonomous organising, HIV+ sex work, safe sex police, human rights vs health frameworks, and a deconstruction of feminist analysis of sex work and the more recent anti-sex work agendas of some anti-trafficking lobbyists.

All sex workers, community sector advocates, social justice activists, HIV/AIDS sector workers and other groups who would like to improve their contact with the sex worker community should attend this forum! When: Tuesday 8th March 6pm-9pm (gold coin donation) Venue: Victorian AIDS Council, 6 Claremount Street, South Yarra RSVP: or 0411 985 135