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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 […]

Sex workers rally for equal rights on International Whores Day

BY ALEX EUGENE Sex workers and supporter rallied for equal rights outside the World Bar, Kings Cross in early June for International Whores Day. People lit up the street with a suite of red parasols, the globally recognised symbol of sex worker rights. Jules Kim, the CEO of Scarlet Alliance, the Australian Sex Workers Association said […]

Brothels Brace for Shake Up

BY RYAN QUINN The Scarlet Alliance, an association for Australian sex workers, fear that small brothels could by forced out of the market by NSW Parliament. The alliance said the current NSW parliamentary inquiry into the licensing of the state's brothel industry could create expensive licenses. Scarlet Alliance President Elena Jeffreys said a licensing model […]

Mastercard ban rubs sex workers the wrong way

BY KIERAN ADAIR Advocacy group Scarlet Alliance has accused Visa and Mastercard of discriminating against sex workers, following a recent announcement that the companies would begin blocking payments to backpage.com, a popular adult-listing website. The ban follows pressure from American-based anti-sex-trafficking activist Tom Dart, who claims the service is linked to trafficking and child prostitution. […]

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, […]

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, […]