Sex workers experience stigma and discrimination and are subjected to violence, are reluctant to access services and are susceptible to mental health issues. In Victoria, Australia street-based sex work is illegal and negatively impacts sex workers by exacerbating stigma and discrimination and can lead to social exclusion, low self-esteem and is a violation of their human rights. Legislation has forced street-based sex workers underground thus exposing them to violence, harassment and all forms of abuse. The aim of the study is to investigate the perceptions, experiences and impacts of stigma and discrimination on female street-based sex workers.
Recorded in October 2012 at the 13th ASSERT National Conference on:
Sexuality: Beyond Difficulties, Definitions and Diversity, Melbourne, Australia.