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


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

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





Message from SIN: decriminalisation rally on International Whores Day, + more

Sex Industry Network (SIN), 6 May, 2016
On the 2nd of June SIN will be holding a rally on the steps of Parliament House to promote International Whores Day and the decriminalisation of the sex industry in SA.

We will be wearing red, holding red umbrellas, placards, and signs….and we’ll be loud and proud. June the 2nd is International Whores Day, a day celebrated in solidarity with our sex working brethren nationally and internationally. The day shines a light on the issues of stigma and discrimination faced by sex workers across the globe, while simultaneously reminding people that sex workers make informed choices, have agency, and can speak for ourselves. Sex work is work; and International Whores Day celebrates all the work we do – from consensual commercial sexual services, to peer driven community engagement. Come along to the rally, it starts at 1pm on the steps of Parliament house, and afterwards we’ll be heading down to the Torrens for a celebratory picnic!

The next afternoon, the 3rd of June, we will be having an event to gather feedback on our constitution.

Currently our constitution is in draft form and, as SIN moves towards autonomy, we need input from past and present sex workers. This event starts at 1pm and goes through till 5.30pm.

After the consultation we will be having a PYJAMA PARTY! Starting at 7pm and finishing late, we will be celebrating International Whores Day with a pyjama themed party. Both the consultation event and the pyjama party will be held at the Worldsend Hotel, 208 Hindley Street West. So throw on your PJ’s – nighty, flannelettes, onesie, etc – and join us for a night of fun.

Phone 83517626 for more information or to RSVP

Find SIN’s website here 

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2 upcoming events from SIN (Sex Industry Network)

UPDATE 27/5/2015:

SIN have received requests from various parliamentarians to change the time of our proposed rally on the 2nd July from 2pm to 1 pm in order to allow speakers of the House to join us prior to reconvening in parliament for sitting.

Message from SIN, 20 May 2015

As you may already be aware, June 2nd is International Whores Day, and is traditionally a time to celebrate, remember and highlight our continued efforts to improve the lives of sex workers everywhere. As such, you are invited to two events that SIN is very excited about:

 Decriminalisation Rally – 1 pm, Tuesday June 2nd – Steps of Parliament House, North Tce

This is an opportunity for sex workers and their allies to publicly show their support for sex workers in South Australia. Decriminalisation is an important and vital step in improving the rights, health and well-being of sex workers in this state. Labelling sex workers as criminals perpetuates stigma and fails to grant the work we do the same entitlements and safety that many others enjoy. We would love you to be there.

 International Whores Day Party – 7pm, Friday June 5th – Mad Mouse Alley, Light Square

You are also invited to celebrate with our community at our annual Whores Day party. The theme is ‘80’s’ and should be lots of fun. All past and present sex workers and our supporters are welcome. There will be performances, karaoke, dancing and of course, the awarding of ‘Honorary Whore of the Year’ – who will it be this year?

This invitation is of course extended to anyone you feel may be interested in attending either event, so please circulate amongst your networks.

Please RSVP for the Whores Day party for catering purposes.


Many thanks,

Sharon Jennings, Manager

Sex Industry Network (SIN)

By sex workers for sex workers

Promoting the health rights and wellbeing of sex workers in South Australia

276 Henley Beach Road, Underdale, 5032

Tuesday to Friday 9.30am – 5.30pm

Email : / Phone : 08 8351 7626