Sex workers want a ban on material which stigmates their industry.
A group opposed to prostitution has been forced to apologise to Tasmanian sex workers for saying the industry is harmful to women.
The Family Protection Society also accused sex workers of “breaking up marriages” in a series of advertisements placed in a Tasmanian daily newspaper.
Jade Barker from the lobby group Scarlet Alliance says the society agreed to apologise after the alliance lodged a complaint.
“Scarlet Alliance commenced action under the Tasmanian Anti-discrimination Act of 1998 in relation to the Family Protection Society and a conciliation was held and an apology given which was published by the Family Protection Society,” she said.
Tasmanian sex worker “Claire” says the society has a long history of publishing material stigmatising sex workers.
“[It says] things like prostitution harms women, prositution disturbs marriages.”
She says the apology is welcome but it is only the first step.
“Ads like these should be banned from the paper.”
The Alliance is continuing to push for the decriminalisation of prostitution in Tasmania.
Attempts to contact the Family Protection Society have been unsuccessful.
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By Audacia Ray, RH Reality Check.
Posted January 12, 2010.
Painting a portrait of people in the sex industry as victims without voices only perpetuates their disempowerment.
Since becoming a part of the U.S. sex worker rights movement five years ago, talking about contentious issues concerning bodies, labor, money, and rights has very much become my calling. In the past year alone, I’ve been quoted on CNN about the value of virginity, talked about South Carolina’s Governor Mark Sanford on WNYC’s The Takeaway, and admonished the Boston Herald for its slurs toward sex workers. Suffice to say, I give my opinion freely and often loudly.
I thought I knew a lot about sex work, rights, and organizing when, in September, I set off for two weeks in India with my colleague Khushbu Srivastava, Program Officer for Asia at the International Women’s Health Coalition. But as much as I am accustomed to being an “expert,” I quickly realized that I knew next to nothing about the nuances of Indian culture and the dynamics of the local struggle for sexual rights and reproductive health. While there are many things that I learned Continue reading
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From The Economist print edition
The Secret History of Georgian London: How the Wages of Sin Shaped the Capital. By Dan Cruickshank. Random House: 688 pages; £25. Buy from Amazon.co.uk
"Connoisseurs" by Thomas Rowlandson
AS MANY as one in five young women were prostitutes in 18th-century London. The Covent Garden that tourists frequent today was the centre of a vast sex trade strewn across hundreds of brothels and so-called coffee houses. Fornication in public was common and even children were routinely treated for venereal disease. A German visitor observed a nation that had overstepped all others “in immorality and addiction to debauchery”.
English society expected, even encouraged, men to pay for sex. Prejudice barred women from all but menial jobs. Prostitution at least offered financial independence: a typical harlot could earn in a month what a tradesman or clerk would earn in a year. For a few beautiful and savvy women, the gamble paid off. Lavinia Fenton, a child prostitute, married a duke. But most prostitutes were destined for disease, despair and early death. Continue reading