Read an open letter from St Kilda street based sex workers in St Kilda, Victoria, Australia to Tom Meagher claiming that campaigning for men to stop buying sex services is ‘not helpful’. They urge him to reconsider his position endorsing the campaign “We Don’t Buy It” Read more: http://bit.ly/1HfPYgK
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Sex work is criminalised not only through prohibitions on selling sexual services, but also through laws that prohibit the solicitation of sex, living off the earnings of sex work, brothel-keeping, or the purchase of sexual services. By reducing the freedom of sex workers to negotiate condom use with clients, organize for fair treatment, and publicly advocate for their rights, criminalisation and aggressive policing have been shown to increase sex workers’ vulnerability to violence, extortion, and health risks.
This document provides ten reasons why decriminalising sex work is the best policy for promoting health and human rights of sex workers, their families, and communities. Removing criminal prosecution of sex work goes hand-in-hand with recognising sex work as work and protecting the rights of sex workers through workplace health and safety standards. Decriminalising sex work means sex workers are more likely to live without stigma, social exclusion, and fear of violence.
The scientists behind the female condom have been tinkering with the design, and they think that this time round, it is going to take off.
When the female condom was first launched in the early nineties, the US team that created it were expecting it to be a colossal success. Sexual health experts even declared it a game-changer. But they could not have been more wrong; the product was a monumental flop….
Politicians from the ACT, Western Australia and Victoria will spend three weeks in France, Sweden and South Korea studying prostitution law reform.
ACT Liberal MLAs Giulia Jones and Vicki Dunne will be joined by West Australian state Liberal backbencher Peter Abetz and Victorian Labor state member Christine Campbell on the taxpayer-funded tour. …