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The latest media releases, sorted in reverse chronological order.

"Scarlet Alliance, Australian Sex Workers, Denounce European Union Vote" 27 Feb 2014

On the 26th February 2014, European Parliament voted 343 in favour, 139 against and 105 abstentions on a report which urges criminalising clients of sex workers in Europe. The report claims that such laws are beneficial to sex workers.

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Scarlet Alliance "When You Criminalise Our Clients, You Criminalise Us" 4 Dec 2013

‘The Bill to criminalise clients of sex workers being debated in French Parliament on December 4 will severely endanger the lives and working conditions of sex workers if passed’, says Scarlet Alliance, Australian Sex Workers Association.

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Scarlet Alliance "Anti-sex work laws deemed unconstitutional" 21 June 2013

Australian sex workers welcome US Supreme Court decision. Sex workers in Australia are celebrating last night’s decision handed down by the United States Supreme Court, which struck down the notorious anti-sex work pledge for HIV/AIDS prevention organisations.

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Media Release "Sex Workers call on South Australian Government to Decriminalise Sex Work" 5th June 2013, Adelaide

Sex workers and supporters are rallying on Wednesday 5 June in the week of International Whores Day to call upon the South Australian Government to decriminalise sex work.

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"Western Australian Sex Workers and supporters demand Decriminalisation" Event 1pm 18 May 2013

In a protest to be held outside Parliament House, Saturday May 18th at 1pm, Western Australian sex workers and their supporters are coming together to demand full decriminalisation of their work. "We want the same work rights and protections as everybody else" states local sex worker advocate Rebecca Davies.

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"Sydney: International Conference Delegates Urge NSW to Maintain Decriminalisation of Sex Work" 1 Nov 2012

Experts from a dozen countries, are meeting in Sydney to learn of the gains since decriminalisation of sex work in NSW in 1995, are dismayed at the massive threat to the world-leading law. Open Society Foundations, Scarlet Alliance and Sex Worker Outreach Project have attracted nearly 50 sex workers, community leaders, human rights activists, advocates and politicians from Africa, Asia Pacific, North America and Europe in a four day event planned to take the best of NSWs model to the world. The meeting has collectively expressed its shock that the NSW government would think of removing decriminalisation of sex work through a sex industry law review process. The delegates were unanimous in their call to NSW Government to maintain its world leading and highly successful decriminalisation of sex work.

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Scarlet Alliance Media Release "Brothel Regulation Inquiry: Hartcher covers up Council ineptitude" 21 Sept 2012

Scarlet Alliance opposes the introduction of licensing and registration as proposed by the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet, assisted by an inter-agency Working Party for brothel regulation. Special Minister of State Chris Hartcher yesterday announced an inquiry to curb the alleged proliferation of illegal brothels. But sex workers disagree, saying the only proliferation is of Local Council mismanagement of the issue.

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NSW SEX WORKER RED UMBRELLA PROTEST 7 Sept 2012

"This Local Council election is crucial to sex worker rights in NSW. Councillors running on a 'ban brothels' platform are working against the best interests of sex workers, and are shirking their responsibility to community based HIV responses and human rights," Elena Jeffreys said on behalf of Scarlet Alliance today.

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Scarlet Alliance "NSW Brothel licensing is contrary to United Nations recommendations" 30 Aug 2012

Scarlet Alliance, the Australian Sex Workers Association, opposes the announcement of a licensing body to regulate sex work in New South Wales.

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Scarlet Alliance "NSW Brothel licensing is contrary to United Nations recommendations" 30 Aug 2012

Scarlet Alliance, the Australian Sex Workers Association, opposes the announcement of a licensing body to regulate sex work in New South Wales.

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SWOP NSW "Independence" 17 August 2012

The ACON board has reaffirmed commitment to the principle of affected community involvement in determining prevention responses to HIV. In doing so, the board also endorsed a new direction and future for the Sex Workers Outreach Project (SWOP). ACON CEO Nicolas Parkhill said community and peer based organisations have been critical to achieving the best practice outcomes that have characterised NSW’s HIV response.

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Scarlet Alliance "Response to ACT Parliamentary Inquiry into Sex Work" Feb 2012

Scarlet Alliance welcomes the recommendations from the Standing Committee on Justice and Community Safety Inquiry into the Prostitution Act 1992.

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Scarlet Alliance "Australia's anti-trafficking response must be redirected, Raids and rescue approach does not work - comprehensive prevention plan is the answer" 3 Feb 2012

Scarlet Alliance, the Australian Sex Workers Association calls for Australia's anti-trafficking response to be redirected with a shift to a rights based prevention approach. Speaking the day after a high profile arrest Janelle Fawkes said 'Raids and rescue type approaches have consistently not uncovered victims of trafficking - they are a failed approach and must be recognised as a waste of resources. Fortunately with a regulatory system like NSW's decriminalised sex industry people can come forward and report alleged crime’.

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SWOP NSW "HEALTH ORG SAYS MORE LAWS WILL NOT MAKE SEX INDUSTRY SAFER" 11 Oct 2011

NSW’s leading health agency for sex workers says calls to introduce new regulations affecting brothel licencing and sex service provision are likely to undermine the health and safety of sex workers and their clients.

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Trafficking in Australia; “Vigilante approach is wrong, Prevention is key.” Say Sex Workers

Scarlet Alliance, Australian Sex Workers Association, in partnership with sex worker organisations in Australia and Asia, have been working on migrant sex worker rights and trafficking policy issues trans-nationally for over 22 years.

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