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SSPAN Qld "Submission to the Crime and Misconduct Commission - Escort Work In Queensland" April 2005

The current Queensland sex industry is comprised of a number of different sectors. Whilst legalisation has created a ‘legal’ sector in the sex industry, our industry continues to operate mostly outside the law. ‘Legal’ workers, both in brothels and those who work privately, have not been effectively consulted in relation to the success of the legislative regime. Their stories remain unheard. The questionnaire distributed as part of the CMC survey in 2004 did not effectively allow legal workers to have an input into the legislation of which they are subject. Rather than measuring workplace improvement for sex workers, the survey involved a variety of offensive and unnecessarily invasive questions which led many workers not to participate. Questions about violence in people’s backgrounds and sexual assault implicitly assume a link between sex work and violence/abuse/sexual assault. Our feedback clearly reveals that this line of questioning put many sex workers off responding to the survey. The return rate of just 65 (total) surveys is a disappointing outcome. Our submission to the inquiry into Escort work is by no means a comprehensive consultation with sex workers in Queensland, however we aim to provide an overview of the issues relevant to our constituents and future law reform.
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