|Australia Sex Industry Network|
Dear FAQ/Prostitution, I notice that you have very little information of sex-worker rights organisations in Australia. I am the coordinator of the South Australian Sex Industry Network(SIN) which is a program run by sex workers for sexworkers. We carry out peer education within the South Australian sex industry, pressure for progressive law reform in SA, produce a quarterly magazine (SIN Magazine), network nationally with SCARLET ALLIANCE (National Sex Worker RIghts Forum), sell a wide range of the "tools of the trade" (condoms, lubricants etc), maintain a clipping service of local news about prostitution and much more. While selling sex itself is not a criminal offense in South Australia, receiving money for the purposes of prostitution in a brothel is, and being on premises is. Effectively almost all forms of prostitution in SA are therefore illegal. Escort workers frequently manage to avoid problems with the police, but massage parlours are visited regularly and workers fined or prevented from returning to their place of employment. SIN strongly advocates the decriminalisation of prostitution in South Australia so that sex workers will no longer be subjected to police harassment and so that sex workers improve all aspects of their lives (eg pressure for better working conditions in parlours and brothels; be able to invest their money, and seek financial guidance and protection as would any other worker). The South Australian Sex Industry Network can be contacted at this address:PO BOX 7072, Hutt St, ADELAIDE SA 5071, AUSTRALIA.
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