Republish our articles for free, online or in print, under Creative Commons licence. Although sex workers around the world lobby for decriminalisation, sex work law remains controversial. This article is part of a series exploring sex work and regulatory reform.
Introduction: Asian sex workers are a significant part of the Australian sex industry. Criminal laws, racism, isolation, poor English language skills and stigma and discrimination combine to increase the vulnerability of Asian sex workers in Australia. To inform service delivery and potential legislative reform, we undertook a study of sex worker health and safety in Western Australia with a focus on Asian sex workers.
This section of the report provides an overview of the structural elements of the sex industry in Australia—its size and structure, applied legal frameworks and employment practices, as well as the characteristics of the sex worker population such as age and cultural background, education, and health and safety issues. The review of the literature on the characteristics of the Australian sex worker population focuses specifically on female migrant sex workers and the issues pertinent to this subgroup. There exist no official statistics on the number of sex workers in Australia.
As published at Melinda Tankard Reist. How can the sex industry continue to deny the reality of trafficking in this country? Of course it is in their interests to play it down, given their brothels are hungry for as many women as possible to meet demand. The full submission can be found here.
The Law and Sexworker Health LASH team are leading international authorities on the public health and legal aspects of sex work — combining over years of multidisciplinary research experience into sex work in NSW, interstate, and internationally. Skip to main content. The Kirby Institute.
Long standing social attitudes and stereotypes have fundamentally dictated that people with disabilities cannot and should not express their sexual agency. In particular, when people with disability have sought to express their sexual needs via the services of a sex worker, this has tended to provoke much social and political ire. This research is an exploratory study about sex workers who provide services to clients with disability.
He is affiliated with The Greens WA. Republish our articles for free, online or in print, under Creative Commons licence. We recently studied the health and safety of sex workers in Western Australia.
And the study demonstrated overwhelmingly that the criminalisation of the sex work industry continues to negatively impact the health, safety and well-being of sex workers. The initial LASH report focused upon three Australian jurisdictions and the different approaches each takes to sex work: the NSW decriminalisation modelthe implementation of the licensing scheme for commercial sex in Victoria, and criminalisation in Western Australia. There was a specific focus upon the intersection of law enforcement and the health and safety of sex workers, as well as the implications of this nationwide. And while the act of sex work itself is not an offence, most sex work-related activities are outlawed.
Edition: Available editions Australia. Caroline Doerksen Citizens-watch programs designed by police to aid anti-trafficking efforts threaten the rights and safety of sex workers. While there's still a great deal that is unknown about sex trafficking, research studies and nonprofits have been able to gather telling data on this industry's victims and perpetrators.
Prostitution in Australia is governed by state and territory laws, which vary considerably. Federal legislation also affects some aspects of sex work throughout Australia, and of Australian citizens abroad. Though Australia is largely homogenous in its attitude to sex work,  the legal responses of the nine jurisdictions have differed. Some of the differences have been due to political factors.