Next, the bill will head to the House of Assembly. Current South Australian sex industry laws are outdated and law reform is desperately needed.
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While an amendment to the bill was introducedwhich allows police to enter anywhere commercial sex occurs if they suspect a crime has been, or will be, committed, the new bill still brings sex workers some relief from general policing. Policing sex work prohibits sex workers from reporting crimes committed against them.
In fact, many sex workers I interviewed for my research said they are more afraid of police detection and being charged or fined, than screening out dangerous clients. It also repeals offences relating to brothels, removing barriers for people wanting to leave the industry.
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And sex workers will also automatically come within the coverage of the Work Health and Safety Act once the bill passes, as it covers all forms of legal work and workplaces. I first conducted interviews in and, during that year, only 36 sex work related charges were handed down.
Now, four years on, sex workers still have the same concerns about being charged, but fears have grown as law enforcement has become more heavy handed in how they apply the law. We love and appreciate all the sex workers who have put their blood, sweat and tears into this campaign. We see you! For example, The Advertiser last year reported that in the financial year, sex work related charges were laid by police.
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And it was the middle of the night, and this was about six months ago. And I had six men in casual clothes that were armed surrounding my house, bursting in and tearing the place apart. They went through my bins, they checked me for track marks. They made remarks to each other whether I was worth my advertised rate in front of me.
Inthe Wood Royal Commission found evidence corroborating sex worker testimonies regarding police corruption in New South Wales. Greens Legislative Council member Tammy Franks — who first introduced the bill — told parliament :.
Research has found criminalising sex work is futile as it fails to offer any solutions for the structural conditionssuch as access to legal justice, that put sex workers at a disadvantage. Criminalisation denies sex workers the human rights of occupational work, health and safety protections.
When sex work was largely decriminalised in NSW insex workers experienced better human rights, no police corruption, and savings for the criminal justice system. Decriminalisation also increased surveillance, health promotion, and safety of the NSW sex industry. But in South Australia, the majority of laws governing sex work have remained intact since they were enacted more than 50 years ago. A bill decriminalising sex work is set to be debated in a matter of weeks.
In fact, there are a range of offences aiming to prohibit sex work, the majority of which are contained in the Criminal Law Consolidation Act and Summary Offences Act And public health research clearly demonstrates how criminalisation, including regulatory systems, put sex workers at further risk by leaving the majority of the industry working outside the law.
More than sex worker organisations globally advocate for the decriminalisation of sex work. And the Global Network of Sex Work Projects developed a consensus statement following a consultation with more than sex worker organisations around the world. This is great!
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Now is the perfect moment for anyone with a platform to also pledge their support. Will you?
If this bill passes successfully, South Australia will lead by example, and show legislators that decriminalisation can be achieved. This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons. Read the original article. Media diversity is under threat in Australia — nowhere more so than in South Australia.
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