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People who do sex work are sex workers.

Sex work is legal, legitimate work in Victoria (under the Sex Work Act 1994) and using reflective, accurate terminology will help to reduce the stigma and discrimination that sex workers may experience.

Whilst some people who work in the sex industry may choose to self-identify using other terms, RhED recommends World Health Organisation terminology.

Further information can be found at

When you visit a sex worker, it is common practice for them to inspect your genitals for any obvious signs of STIs. Don’t be embarrassed – sex workers are very professional.

Condoms are used for safe sex (oral, vaginal and anal) in the sex industry. If you ask for a service without a condom – be aware you are not protected from STIs and BBVs. STIs and BBVs follow you home into your relationships.

In 2010, RhED conducted a Safe Sex Slogan competition where sex workers were asked to contribute slogans to discourage requests from clients to not ask for a sexual service without a condom.

The winning slogan was “If it’s on we’re on!”

For more information phone RhED 1800 458 752 or email


Make your visit even more pleasant:

A visit to a sex worker will be even more pleasant if…..

  1. You are polite and respectful.
  2. Your body is fresh and clean. Don’t be offended when the sex worker checks you for infections or asks you to shower.
  3. You are not too out of it, on drugs or alcohol.
  4. You both agree about the service. Be clear about what you want, and find out what the price for that is.
  5. You recognise that each sex worker has their own limits. For example, kissing on the mouth may not be possible.
  6. You always use a condom or dam for vaginal and oral contact. Always use lots of lube too. Sex workers are experts in safe sex satisfaction, and afterwards it will be the sex, not the condom you remember!
  7. Be relaxed. Sex is the most normal thing in the world. Do not expect too much and keep your head. It is not a love affair and, however pleasant the contact is; remember it is a professional service.
  8. A visit may not be perfect. You may be unfamiliar with each other. Take this into account, and don’t expect too much. Remember, you can always shop around next time.
  9. If a disagreement does arise, remain reasonable and keep things in perspective.  If you think you have a good reason to be dissatisfied, talk to the worker, or the management, if appropriate.
  10. Please be considerate when you leave. Neighbours appreciate their peace and quiet.


Sexually transmissible infections (STIs)

Sexually transmissible infections (STIs) are common all around the world. Anybody who is sexually active can get a STI if they do not practice safer sex.

You can’t tell just by looking at a person that they have a STI. If you have unprotected sex with a person who has a STI, you are at high risk of catching that infection.

What is legal and what is not?

For more information, download document below:

English click here

Chinese click here

Korean click here

Thai click here

Clients speak about why they visit sex workers

Click here (Client research)

Click here (Musings from a client)

How do I pay for a sexual service?

If you visit a brothel, you will pay for the service at the front desk.

If an escort sex worker visits you, you will pay for the service at the beginning.

Disability referrals

RhED can support and refer you to disability friendly sex workers and brothels, talk about accessing services and share tips on how to make your booking pleasurable.

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For more information phone RhED 1800 458 752 or email