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Media Release August 21 “Laws in Queensland criminalise sex worker safety strategies and the licensing framework criminalises sex work workplaces, other than 21 licensed brothels, combined with excessive police powers the current legislative framework is harmful to sex workers,” Dr Jeffreys, Respect Inc, said today. “This is an opportunity for Queensland to provide sex workers the same rights and protections as other workers.”

Media Mentions

‘The start of the fight’: Sex workers push for decriminalisation” Pink Advocate

‘The start of the fight’: Sex workers push for decriminalisation

“Inaction and mistreatment why some sex workers don’t trust the police” SBS, The Feed

https://www.sbs.com.au/news/the-feed/inaction-and-mistreatment-why-some-sex-workers-don-t-trust-police

Sex workers welcome Queensland decriminalisation review

“Queensland moves to decriminalise sex work ” Canberra TImes

https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/7406488/queensland-moves-to-decriminalise-sex-work/

“Sex workers hopeful as decriminalisation moves one step closer in Queensland” Green Left Weekly

https://www.greenleft.org.au/content/sex-workers-hopeful-decriminalisation-moves-one-step-closer-queensland

“Queensland sex workers say outdated laws leave many unsafe and reluctant to report crime” ABC online

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-08-28/qld-sex-worker-safety-law-reform-call/100413672

“Queensland sex workers forced underground by ‘draconian’ laws amid ‘predatory’ police targeting, advocates say” – ABC (online & radio)

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-02-27/queensland-police-entrapment-sex-workers-prostitution-laws/13188118

“The ’no sex’ sex worker who’s legally barred from telling clients she doesn’t have sex” – News.com.au

https://www.news.com.au/finance/work/at-work/the-no-sex-sex-worker-whos-barred-from-explaining-her-job-in-one-australian-state/news-story/918571bccda88bb53ef9bdc82d5156c1

“Common act sex workers can’t do in Queensland: There’s plenty of things sex workers can legally do but those in the industry are smarting from “bizarre” red light red tape making their work a minefield” – News.com.au

https://www.news.com.au/finance/work/at-work/common-act-sex-workers-cant-do-in-queensland/news-story/364043aa54ee2e6804af12a05a1db7aa

“Stop criminalisation of sex worker safety in Queensland” – QNews

https://qnews.com.au/stop-criminalisation-of-sex-worker-safety-in-queensland/

“Queensland sex workers demand decriminalisation” – Pink Advocate

Queensland sex workers demand decriminalisation

Queensland accused of falling behind other states as sex workers pressure Government to change laws – ABC

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-12-19/sex-workers-pressure-for-changes-to-queensland-laws/11806420

Sex workers fear spike in police action – Courier Mail

https://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/sex-workers-fear-spike-in-police-action-over-illegal-fifty-shades-of-grey-service/news-story/faa8b7aa059cbb8b0481584006187b86

Sex workers waiting for action by the Attorney General – 4zzz

4zzz.org.au/program/the-pineapple-rebellion

Sex workers in Queensland accuse police of entrapping them into breaking the law – News.com.au

https://www.news.com.au/finance/work/careers/sex-workers-in-queensland-accuse-police-of-entrapping-them-into-breaking-the-law/news-story/f03b44ffe3c39d3d52a7abb12b497bb2

Sex Workers Say Their Safety Strategies Are Criminalised, And It’s Putting Them In Danger – Buzzfeed

https://www.buzzfeed.com/ginarushton/sex-work-decriminalisation-arrests-gold-coast-queensland

New push towards Queensland sex work decriminalisation – Courier Mail

https://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/queensland-government/new-push-towards-queensland-sex-work-decriminalisation/news-story/b204c912b82778353881266e42de4fef

Queensland withdraws laws – Guardian

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/oct/22/queensland-withdraws-laws-allowing-police-to-film-premises-of-private-sex-workers

Stark choice for Qld sex workers – work safely or obey law? – Qnews

https://qnews.com.au/stark-choice-for-qld-sex-workers-work-safely-or-obey-law/

Sex workers call on industry to be decriminalised 30 years on from Fitzgerald Inquiry – ABC online & television news

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-07-02/sex-workers-want-decriminalisation-marking-fitzgerald-30/11261020

Decriminalise Queensland Sex Work: An Interview With Respect’s Janelle Fawkes

Sex worker activists fight for decriminalisation – Qnews

https://qnews.com.au/sex-work-activists-fight-for-decriminalisation-decrimqld-respect-inc-qn-magazine/

Sex workers in Queensland must choose: be safe or be legal – Guardian feature

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/mar/07/sex-workers-in-queensland-must-choose-be-safe-or-be-legal

Queensland sex workers call for decriminalisation of their industry – Quest/Courier Mail feature

https://www.couriermail.com.au/questnews/southwest/queensland-sex-workers-call-for-decriminalisation-of-their-industry/news-story/2f43245c16f8d49b89823579d7067372

Decriminalisation in Qld and NT – ABC radio

https://www.abc.net.au/radio/programs/pm/nt-latest-jurisdiction-to-consider-sex-worker-law-reform/10963770

‘Illogical laws’: Sex workers and allies rally for decriminalisation in Queensland – Qnews

https://qnews.com.au/sex-workers-and-allies-to-rally-for-decriminalisation-in-queensland/

30 years since Fitzgerald, it’s time to make Queensland sex work safe – Crikey opinion

https://www.crikey.com.au/2019/02/04/queensland-sex-work/

No justice for sexual assault victims: Sex workers ‘less than citizens’ – Archer magazine

http://archermagazine.com.au/2019/01/no-justice-sexual-assault-victims-sex-workers-less-citizens/

Spike in sex workers charged for job related offences sparks distrust – Townsville Bulletin

https://www.townsvillebulletin.com.au/news/crime-court/spike-in-sex-workers-charged-for-job-related-offences-sparks-distrust/news-story/67a406d7c57ebcfb95269c67cc5feafc

Man taken to court after defrauding Brisbane sex workers – Courier mail

https://www.couriermail.com.au/questnews/southwest/man-taken-to-court-after-defrauding-brisbane-sex-workers/news-story/5f1b7105fb65771ec48bd7d6531b9c9e

Sex workers demand change to laws –  The Queensland Times

https://www.qt.com.au/news/gladstones-sex-workers-demand-change-to-laws/3402274/

Queensland Government turns attention to decriminalising sex work – ABC

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-10-27/sex-worker-laws-in-queensland-under-review/10429522

Queensland sex workers say current laws put their lives at risk – ABC

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-04-13/qld-sex-workers-want-law-changes-to-protect-their-own-safety/9651784?pfmredir=sm

Sex workers have to choose between working legally or working safely – Brisbane Times

https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/politics/queensland/sex-workers-have-to-choose-between-working-legally-or-working-safely-20181120-p50h42.html

The ‘nutty’ list of words that Queensland sex workers aren’t allowed to use in adverts – News.com

https://www.news.com.au/technology/online/censorship/the-nutty-list-of-words-that-queensland-sex-workers-arent-allowed-to-use-in-adverts/news-story/2eef1956f2759ce2f74cf55622eb33a5

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