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Hundreds of sex workers ineligible for COVID19 government payments rely on donations

By EVA BAXTER Sex worker rights organisation Scarlet Alliance and their community of state and territory member organisations have been supporting hundreds of sex workers ineligible for government support payments. “What is unique for sex workers is that many of us are self-employed or sole traders and don’t have access to any kind of employee […]

Debby Doesn’t Do It For Free

June sees the arrival of a bold new exhibition at Darlinghurst’s TAP Gallery, revealing a rarely seen side of sex work. Debby Doesn’t Do It For Free comprises eye-opening works from an intergenerational collective of 26 sex worker artists, male and female, all telling their stories with art. Participating artist Deep-Dish Debby* says: “Between us, […]

Ugly Mugs

By Barbarella Karpinski Ugly Mugs at Griffin Theatre was written and performed by Peta Brady and directed by Marion Potts. In her role as social worker for the Salvation Army, Brady had access to a booklet called “Ugly Mugs” that is distributed to sex workers as a way of warning sex workers against dangerous clients. […]

Brothels to be audited

Leichhardt Council is planning an expansion of random audits of brothels in the local government area, following a Sydney Morning Herald report that unlicensed brothel owners were expanding their operations along Parramatta Road. The Herald report identifed Vasilios Perdikaris as operating the Thai Treatment Centre on Parramatta Road brothel as an unauthorised brothel. The Centre, […]

Pyrmont brothel banished

Pyrmont residents and office workers are applauding the City of Sydney’s decision to refuse a proposed brothel at 200 Harris St. The building’s rear entrance, on Paternoster Row near the Quarrymans Hotel, is only three doors from an existing brothel and 80 metres from a childcare centre. Liberal councillor Edward Mandla said the addition of […]