Go Salary
MEDIA, JOBS & RESOURCES for the COMMON GOOD
News  |  Careers

Call to Decriminalise Sex Work in Victoria


Monday, 21st December 2015 at 10:53 am
Xavier Smerdon
A campaign calling for the full decriminalisation of sex work, in a bid to tackle violence against women, has been launched in Victoria.

Monday, 21st December 2015
at 10:53 am
Xavier Smerdon


0 Comments


FREE SOCIAL
SECTOR NEWS

 Print
Call to Decriminalise Sex Work in Victoria
Monday, 21st December 2015 at 10:53 am

A campaign calling for the full decriminalisation of sex work, in a bid to tackle violence against women, has been launched in Victoria.

Victoria’s Equality Minister, Martin Foley, joined leading community health organisation, Inner South Community Health, Australian Sex Party Leader, Fiona Patten, and sex worker Jane Green to launch the Decriminalise Sex Work campaign.

Green, who is also a spokesperson for Vixen Collective, Victoria’s peer only sex worker organisation, said the campaign sought the removal of the Victorian Sex Work Act 1994 and Sex Work Regulations 2006, saying these had created a two tiered system where sex workers faced barriers to reporting violence and were subject to discrimination.

“Violence against sex workers, irrespective of gender, is compounded by barriers in reporting violence to police, failures in delivering justice in the courts and by the licensing system itself that supports and perpetuates whorephobia,” Green said.

The campaign was launched at Trades Hall, to underscore the issues sex workers faced when forced to operate without any of the labour or human rights protections granted to other workers.

CEO of Inner South Community Health, which works with sex workers across Victoria, Damien Ferrie, said “international evidence and advocacy tells us that violence against sex workers is a manifestation of the stigma and discrimination they experience as a result of being 'illegal'”.

"While many forms of sex work are legal in Victoria, those who operate outside the licensing system face greater barriers to reporting violence and seeking justice," Ferrie said.

The campaign was launched in conjunction with Red Umbrella Day, the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers.

The Victorian call comes amid growing international calls for full decriminalisation, amid evidence that it would protect the health and human rights of sex workers.

Amnesty International recently adopted a policy to work towards full decriminalisation of consensual sex work.

"The policing of sex work law forces sex workers underground and therefore reduces their access to health, occupational support and legal services," Ferrie said.

"Decriminalisation will also ensure that overstretched Victorian police and courts can focus on more serious crimes."


Xavier Smerdon  |  Journalist  |  @XavierSmerdon

Xavier Smerdon is a journalist specialising in the Not for Profit sector. He writes breaking and investigative news articles.


Got a story to share?

Got a news tip or article idea for Pro Bono News? Or perhaps you would like to write an article and join a growing community of sector leaders sharing their thoughts and analysis with Pro Bono News readers?

Get in touch at news@probonoaustralia.com.au

Get more stories like this

FREE SOCIAL
SECTOR NEWS

Write a Reply or Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *



YOU MAY ALSO LIKE

Victoria secures NDIS funding certainty

Luke Michael

Tuesday, 18th June 2019 at 4:34 pm

NDIS Commences Final Roll Out in Three States

Luke Michael

Thursday, 10th January 2019 at 3:49 pm

Putting Disability and Leadership in the Same Sentence

Maggie Coggan

Monday, 3rd December 2018 at 8:56 am

Unlocking the Door to Stop Disability Discrimination

Maggie Coggan

Monday, 1st October 2018 at 4:56 pm

POPULAR

Our royal commission is not yet a safe place for people with disability

Emma Bennison

Wednesday, 6th November 2019 at 4:59 pm

Children with disability face bullying and exclusion in Aussie schools

Luke Michael

Wednesday, 30th October 2019 at 4:15 pm

Five charts on what a Newstart recipient really looks like

Contributor

Wednesday, 30th October 2019 at 3:56 pm

Rising rents creating a ‘time bomb’ of homelessness for older Australians

Luke Michael

Wednesday, 30th October 2019 at 5:17 pm

Go Salary
pba inverse logo
Subscribe Twitter Facebook

Get the social sector's most essential news coverage. Delivered free to your inbox every Tuesday and Thursday morning.

You have Successfully Subscribed!