Decriminalisation of sex work in south Australia (SHINE SA Media Release)

SHINE SA,  

On 31 May 2019, the Sex Industry Network (SIN) will gather at Parliament House to rally for the decriminalisation of the South Australian sex industry and to recognise International Sex Workers Day.

In South Australia sex work is criminalised, prohibiting sex work so that those engaging in relevant activities can be prosecuted for criminal offences. SIN and Scarlet Alliance (Australian Sex Workers Association) advocate for decriminalisation which is seen as a best practice model by sex workers and community-based organisations.

In a recent statement SIN said:

“Sex work is skilled labour. We deserve the same industrial protections as any other worker in South Australia and, currently, what sets us apart is the criminalisation of the industry within which we CHOOSE to work.”

Natasha Miliotis, Chief Executive of SHINE SA said:

“We support the work of SIN and their advocacy for the decriminalisation of sex work in SA.

Amnesty International, the United Nations and the World Health Organization have all called for the full decriminalisation of consensual sex work as the scientific evidence is now clear – criminalisation itself leads to harm¹.

From a public health perspective decriminalisation is important to not only reduce stigma and discrimination, but to improve the health and safety of workers, clients and the broader community².”

For more information on SIN’s celebration of International Sex Workers Day and the rally for the decriminalisation of the South Australian sex industry visit www.sin.org.au.

For further information contact Tracey Hutt, Director Workforce Education and Development via email  or via telephone on 0434 937 036

 

 

¹ https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30532209

² https://theconversation.com/new-report-shows-compelling-reasons-to-decriminalise-sex-work-83955

First criminal prosecution of female genital mutilation in Queensland goes to trial today

ABC News, 21/05/18

The first couple to be prosecuted on female genital mutilation charges in Queensland have pleaded not guilty to allegedly taking two girls aged nine and 12 to Africa to undergo the procedure.

The African man and woman—who cannot be named for legal reasons—were charged in 2015 on two counts each of removing a child from the state for female genital mutilation.

Their case is being heard today at a Beenleigh sitting of the District Court.

Sexual age of consent standardised to age 16 by Queensland government

The Age,

The legal age for consensual anal sex in Queensland has been lowered to 16 years, in line with other consensual sexual activity, and the word “sodomy” removed from the Criminal Code.

The Queensland Parliament voted to remove the longstanding source of discrimination in Queensland’s Criminal Code on Thursday night.

Read more here

 

 

Sex worker and activist Laura Lee: ‘It’s now far more difficult to stay safe’

The Guardian, Saturday 6 February 2016

There aren’t many sex workers in Britain happy to talk openly about their work, so Laura Lee is used to being interviewed. She is managing to be remarkably upbeat, on just four hours’ sleep. Lee will need all her reserves of cheerful energy during the next fortnight, as she prepares a legal challenge against the government of Northern Ireland, which last June introduced radical new legislation making it illegal to pay for sex.

Although, in the abstract, the change in the law appears positive, shifting the burden of criminality from women firmly on to their clients, most sex workers believe the new law makes their work much more unsafe.

Read more here

Mother, midwife and sheikh guilty in Australia’s first genital mutilation trial

Sydney Morning Herald, November 12, 2015 – 1:53PM

A retired nurse and the mother of two young girls have each been found guilty of carrying out female genital mutilation in Australia’s first prosecution of an FGM case.

A sheikh, Shabbir Mohammedbhai Vaziri, was found guilty of being an accessory after the fact.
All three were members of the Dawoodi Bohra Shia Muslim community

  • Read more from the SMH here
  • Read Guardian Article here

 

 

Domestic violence more severe against women with disabilities, research shows

Wednesday 10 June 2015

Tackling domestic violence may have finally found its place on the national agenda, but disability advocates say the discussion has so far “obscured” and “excluded” the experience of victims living with a disability.

Read more here