Responding to sex workers’ experiences across the criminal justice system as victim-survivors of sexual violence and also as accused persons and offenders.
DecrimQLD & Respect Inc Submission Responding to Queensland Anti-Discrimination Act Review Discussion Paper, March 2022
This submission is informed by consultations, workshops, online discussions and a survey by DecrimQLD of 204 sex workers. 72.5% of participants had experienced discrimination and a further 14.2% were unsure if what they had experienced would be considered discrimination.
Respect Inc submitted recommendations to the Queensland Women’s Health Strategy Consultation.
Respect Inc.’s recommendations about Victoria passing sex work decriminalisation. How can the Victorian Government better work with and support the sex work industry?
Sex workers are often victims of vilification and hate crimes, which often go unreported due to legislation. Respect Inc. and Scarlet Alliance recommendations.
Women’s and girls’ experience of the criminal justice system, priorities and next steps.
Legislating against coercive control, options for reform – both practical and concerning.
Respect Inc. submission addressing the repeal of the Sex Worker Offences Bill 2020.
Consent and removal of consent due to non-payment for sexual services. Discussion of the barriers for sex workers to report crimes.
Discusses how Victorian and Queensland legislation similarly prevents sex workers from operating safely and within the law. Recommendations for new legislation.
Discussing review of consent laws and the excuse of mistake of fact as it applies to rape and sexual assaults in the criminal code.
“The Case for Decriminalisation: Sex Work and the Law in Queensland” by Elena Jeffreys, Erin O’Brien & Janelle Fawkes
Proposal for relaxation of police powers in relation to regulatory infringements by brothel owners. Discusses negative impacts this would have on sex workers and why DecrimQLD and Respect Inc cannot support this.
Reforming regulation of the sex industry in the Northern Territory. The current system is not working, and the NT Government must decide on either decriminalising or licensing.
Respect Inc., what we do for our peers and specialised training. Our specific recommendations to the sexual violence convention consultation for child safety, youth and women.
The public health evidence clearly shows the harms associated with all forms of sex work criminalisation, including regulatory systems, which effectively leave the most marginalised, and typically the majority of, sex workers outside of the law.
The police, NGOs and others involved in ordering and conducting raids are generally not sensitive to the complex trajectory of the individuals they encounter during raids. This research report examines why.
Examining the systemic human rights violations due to the criminalisation of safe sex work practices. How the bill needs to be changed and what it should reflect.
This project explores women buying sex in Australia.
Respect Inc. statement against the cashless debit card.
Male sex workers, and Trans sex workers, were the subject of a state wide research project by Respect Inc in 2017. The report was completed in 2018 and is now public.
Sex worker organisations and political autonomy from funders: case studies of Scarlet Alliance Australian Sex Workers Association and Empower Foundation (Thailand)
This article presents compelling evidence that an enforcement-led approach to policing creates insuperable barriers to the success of protective policing.
An in-depth assessment of the needs of sex workers in Queensland’s licensed brothels. Over 200 sex workers participated in this year long research project in 2016/2017.
Respect Inc. urged the Victorian Government not to fund Project Respect.
A letter regarding an incident at Nataree Massage. Respect Inc. supported the Empower Foundation in calling for treatment of witnesses in accordance with their rights.
This research identified existing barriers and learned about the experiences and opinions of Asian sex workers, their knowledge about sexual health, sex work law in Queensland, rights, responsibilities and workplace rights.
Respect Inc. addresses discrimination and sex work.
Respect Inc. offered their support of the Civil Partnerships Bill for same-sex unions to be recognised in Queensland.
Respect Inc input on the Police Powers and Responsibilities and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2011.
Respect Inc. addresses the proposed sex industry law reforms in Western Australia.
National Centre in HIV Social Research, The University of New South Wales, Funded by NSW Health, partially funded by the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing.