DecrimQLD, Respect Inc and Scarlet Alliance welcome the announcement by the Attorney-General Hon. Shannon Fentiman that the Queensland Government will decriminalise sex work in Queensland.
On 17 December sex workers and allies will gather at Centenary Place Park, responding to the arrest of more than 30 sex workers, laws that criminalise sex worker safety strategies and a government that is carelessly delaying action.
The raids have charged twenty five people.
On the 4th of March 2019 sex workers took to the street to demand government action
Queensland laws and policing practices unnecessarily endanger sex workers. ‘Sex workers are forced to choose between working safely or legally’, Kayla Rose, sex worker and committee member of DecrimQLD said.
Last month two local inner-city Brisbane sex workers were involved in a historic prosecution. Three other sex workers were defrauded by the same man but were unable to come forward due to privacy and confidentiality concerns. The accused plead guilty to two counts of Fraud and “Dishonestly gaining benefit or advantage.” He was ordered to pay each worker $350, plus was fined &750 for each offence.