Sex industry legislation and its impact on sex industry culture and the practices of sex workers.

Janelle Fawkes

Sex Industry legislation impacts directly on the culture of the sex industry and the work practices of sex workers. Poor policy results in individual sex workers forced to make decisions based on avoiding detection rather than placing their health and safety as first priorities. Equally taking steps to avoid stigma, discrimination, and the protection of the individual sex worker, their family and friends, outweighs a sex workers’ ability to report crime or discrimination. Legislation that enshrines Police as the regulators of the industry creates unnecessary and unacceptable opportunities for corruption.  In the development of sex industry legislation the impacts referred to are more often ignored, overlooked or misinterpreted in the haste to ensure ‘protection’ of sex workers or more often the general community. 

 

 

Conflict of Interest: None disclosed
Financial Support/Funding: None disclosed 
Recorded: Sydney, Australia, April 2007

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Janelle Fawkes

Manager, Australian Sex Workers Association, Australia. 

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