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This page has not been updated recently. There are some new Scarlet Alliance publications due to be released later in 2014. This page will be updated at that time! In the meantime you may wish to join the Scarlet Alliance Facebook group to stay in touch with key issues:

The sex worker handbook, often refered to as the red book is Scarlet Alliances key resouce. The resource is a reference guide for sex workers to sexually transmissible infections. The resource covers: negotiation, safe sex tools, condom breakage, general sexual health information, sexually transmissible infections, testing, checking clients for STIs, working safely in fantasy bookings, and contact information for sex worker organisations.


Principles for Model Sex Industry Legislation 2000

A joint project of Scarlet Alliance and AFAO Oct. 2000 Written by Linda Banach (AFAO) and Sue Metzenrath (Scarlet Alliance) Also many thanks to Sera Pinwill and the Scarlet Alliance Law Reform Committee for their input and assistance.

This publication begins with a summary of the Australian approach to sex industry laws. Turn of the century laws aimed at eradication of the sex industry and more recent radical feminist approaches view sex work as synonymous with violence.

Section 2 sets out the principles that should guide sex industry legislation; decriminalisation, sex work is legitimate employment, choice of employment for sex workers, occupational health and safety, public health and mandatory testing, local planning laws and zoning, discrimination and human rights, sex slaves and foreign sex workers, and finally addressing a few common myths about drug use, pimps and minors.

These principles are laid out in a very practical way, each is explained with a short (500 – 1,000 word) background, and this is followed by a point form fact sheet including solutions and critiques of current practice.

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Unjust and Counter-Productive- The Failure of Governments to Protect Sex Workers from Discrimination 1999

A joint project of Scarlet Alliance and AFAO Sept. 1999 Written by Linda Banach (AFAO) and Edited by Sue Metzenrath (Scarlet Alliance). This was produced with the assistance of sex workers who participated in the survey upon which the report was based Also thanks to Darryl O’Donnell, Tim Leach, Chris Ward, Julia Cabassi and the staff employed at sex worker community organisations who distributed the survey.

Discrimination and harassment are a fact of life for the majority of sex workers. The Australian Capital Territory is the only Australian jurisdiction which protects sex workers from discrimination on the grounds of their occupation.

This document is a lobbying tool based on national research conducted with sex workers regarding their experiences of discrimination. It provides arguments for broadening State and Territory anti-discrimination provisions to cover occupational discrimination, overviews the current legal situation across Australia, and identifies strategies for advocacy and activism.

Five arguments for anti-discrimination protections for sex workers are discussed; discrimination harms sex workers, discrimination impedes health promotion activities, discrimination undermines regulatory objectives, anti-discrimination protections are a human right and these protections can be easily implemented.

The basis for this paper is the qualitative research gathered during the 1999 National Survey of sex workers. The findings of the research asking sex workers about their experiences of discrimination were; restrictions on working as a sex worker, health restrictions, use of condoms as evidence in prosecution, bad relations with police, lack of industrial protections, restrictions on movement, discrimination against sex worker associates (boyfriends, friends and family), discriminatory advertising practices (by publishers, newspapers, advertisers and staff at newspapers) and other forms of discrimination such as being refused credit cards and housing. People filling in the survey also had an opportunity to suggest what legal changes could be made to combat discrimination, and the most popular responses are listed.

Each state and territory in Australia is critiqued for its laws and current remedies in the case of discrimination are explored. These suggestions of action to take in the case of discrimination are a great resource for self advocacy. The paper then goes on to propose systemic strategies of action including decriminalisation and anti-discrimination laws.

The Appendix includes recommendations from the Intergovernmental Committee on AIDS Legal Working Party and a full description of research methods and demographics of the group that was surveyed in the research.

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A Guide to Best Practice - Occupational Health and Safety in the Australian Sex Industry

Members of the OH&S Working Group were Sue Metzenrath, Sera Pinwill, Jenni Gamble, Maggie Moylan, Cheryl Mathews, Penelope Saunders, Gabby Skelsey, Felicity Lewis, Fiona Moran and Geoffrey Fysh. Compiled by David Edler, with thanks to Chris Ward and Tim Leach.

This reads as a manual, beginning with a glossary of terms and covering all aspects of working from booking the job to storage and handling of waste. This is a great guide for all workers. It is practical, easy to read and both an educational tool for the novice while being a reminder of good work practices to those who have worked before or are working. The role of Local government and government in the enforcement of OH&S standards is explained. The responsibility of management is covered in the context of general OH&S legal principles. For workers this should be like a bible. Researchers take note! Sex workers have and do implement best practice, and this document lays it out bare.

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Links updated 01 June 2014