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Media Releases

The latest media releases, sorted in reverse chronological order.

Sex Workers’ Rights: Time to Deliver! SEX WORKERS’ DEMONSTRATION at XVI AIDS Conference

Wednesday, August 16th, 2006 at 10 AM, The Stilletto Lounge Sex Workers’ Networking Zone in the Global Village, Toronto International AIDS Conference 2006

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Health and Human Rights Advocates Denounce Gates Foundation’s Support of Raids on Sex Workers, Advocates Gather in Toronto to Promote Rights and Safety of Groups Vulnerable to HIV/AIDS

(Toronto, August 14, 2006) – The international Network of Sex Work Projects (NSWP) and other human rights NGOs applaud this week’s commitment by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to commit $500 million to the Global Fund for HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment efforts. At the same time, however, the Gates Foundation has bowed to conservative pressure in the United States by funding groups that conduct and assist police raids on sex workers in countries like Cambodia and Thailand. These raids are infamous for further endangering vulnerable women.

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Pre-emptive Strike Against Sex Workers: Spence Avoids CMC Report and Pushes Ahead With Registration Of Private Sex Workers

Judy Spence has jumped the gun on the CMC by releasing the Prostitution Act 2006 in advance of the long awaited CMC final report. The final report is rumoured to be in opposition to individual private sex worker registration – a move which is made possible by the Prostitution Amendment Act 2006. Clearly Spence had no intention of respecting the CMC processes – unless they agreed with her arguments

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Move To Criminalise Oral Sex: Sex Workers Targeted

The Police Minister Judy Spence is increasing police powers to entrap and deceive sex workers into offering oral sex without a condom. Currently police act as clients, calling and visiting sex workers to pressure them into agreeing to offer sex without a condom, and then pressing criminal charges against them for it. However in one case the sex worker pleaded not guilty – and got off. The court ruled that they had only offered the service, not actually done it, therefore the crime was not committed. In a bizarre twist Police Minister Judy Spence is now tabling legislation to criminalise even the discussion of oral sex without a condom – but only for sex workers. Sex workers, experts and community representatives oppose the move.

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Sex Worker Health Services At Risk - Judy Spence Relinquishes Health Staff Of Confidentiality

Police Minister Judy Spence is taking her first foray into the issue of health by relinquishing all health staff of ethical, professional and confidentiality standards, only if they are dealing with sex workers (Clause 31, proposed S134A, of the Prostitution Amendment Act 2006). The health staff will be free to make arbitrary judgements about sex workers’ intellectual capability, with full immunity from defamation laws. This breach of privacy is not in keeping with the Governments’ efforts to improve the Queensland health system – by removing all accountability from health staff on these matters, it is simply a time bomb.

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Spence Ignores Unfinished CMC Consultation Process & Pushes Ahead With Discriminatory Sex Industry Law - 5 April 2006

Police Minister Judy Spence is rushing through major changes to Queensland sex industry laws only weeks before the pending release of a Crime and Misconduct Commission report.

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Sex work allowed for teacher: Anti-Discrimination Commissioner Susan Booth. Herald Sun, 8 November 2005

THE Queensland Government could breach discrimination laws if it tries to stop public servants working in the legal sex industry, the state's anti-discrimination commissioner said.

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Sex Worker Scapegoated; Beattie promotes discrimination 7 November 2005

In Queensland sex workers are protected from discrimination by anti-discrimination legislation. It is illegal to discriminate against a person because they are a sex worker. It is a breach of this Act to suggest that a person who works as a legal sex worker as well as a teacher should be prevented from doing so. Futhermore, the implication that a person working as a sex worker would have a negative impact on the children she teaches is in itself discrimination under this legislation.

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"Working Girls to have no minders" 11th October 2005, Alison Andrews, Tasmania Examiner

Prostitutes working in pairs will not be able to use a receptionist or employ a security guard for protection under amendments to the Sex Industry Bill proposed by Attorney-General Judy Jackson.

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"Union pushes for sex worker visas" October 14, 2005, AAP

Most Asian sex workers trafficked into Australia want to go on working as prostitutes and should be given visas, says a sex industry union. A sex workers association forum in Melbourne was told Asian sex slavery in Australia was largely a myth.

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Cheers and Jeers over brothel ban, Michelle Paine, Tasmanian Mercury, 7 Oct 2005

ANTI-Prostitution lobbyists were jubilant yesterday over Attorney-General Judy Jackson's backflip on sex worker regulations. Tasmania's brothels - of which there are between 15 and 50 - have been warned of $50,000 fines and five-year jail terms.

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"NT volunteers help put sex workers first" National Australia Bank 19/09/05

Without a dedicated and passionate group of volunteers, the Scarlet Alliance would never have got its start in life – an important fact when you consider the significance of what they do, working to improve the wellbeing of sex workers throughout Australia. That makes their announcement as state winner in the Health and Wellbeing Category of the 2005 National Australia Bank Volunteer Awards all the more important.

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"Volunteer Awards" Northern Territory News 21/09/05

Two Territory organisations have taken out categories in the 2005 National Australia Bank Volunteer Awards. YMCA of Katherine won the Education and Youth Development category and Scarlet Alliance won the Health and Wellbeing category. Both will receive $7000. The not-for-profit organisations were chosen from 1200 community groups nominated across seven diverse categories.

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"Gong for Volunteers" Darwin Palmerston Sun 21/09/05

The Scarlet Alliance NT - working to improve the lives of sex workers - were named state winners in the National Australia Bank Volunteer Awards. Alliance secretary Alina Thomas said it was great the alliance was being acknowledged. The Scarlet Alliance represents sex workers at a policy level. (Dow Jones and Reuters)

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"Sex and the city" by Erin O'Dwyer, 11/09/05, Sun Herald

What you see in celluloid is a far cry from the reality when it comes to sex workers. Erin O'Dwyer goes beyond the red light to explode the myths. THE BROTHEL owner sits cross-legged on the floor, wearing Buddhist prayer beads and quoting Shakespeare. "The perception is that we're unintelligent, that we're desperate, and that we're second-rate people who don't have much integrity," says Catherine, who opened The Site in Sydney's western suburbs four years ago. "But," she continues, "it's like Shakespeare said - nothing is good or bad but thinking makes it so."

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