2014 will be a pivotal year for sex workers
around the globe. With increasing
international visibility, the movement
for sex worker rights is rapidly gaining
momentum. Simultaneously, regressive laws,
discrimination and abolitionist agendas pose
real dangers to our communities, our work,
our health and our safety. We are witnessing
an international commitment to ending
stigma and discrimination. However, every
win for our human rights has been an uphill
battle and significant barriers face us ahead.
This article outlines the human rights issues
affecting sex workers in Australia and makes
recommendations for reform. This article first appeared in the September 2014 issue of the Newsletter of the Human Rights Law Working Group of the Public and Professional Interest Division of the International Bar Association (Vol 1, No 2, Part II), and is reproduced by kind permission of the International Bar Association, London, UK. © International Bar Association.