International Sex Worker Rights Day happens next Wednesday 3 March. In Brisbane, sex workers, allies and supporters will rally at 4.30 pm in Centenary Place Park. Other events will take place around the country during the week. The online event The Intro Room will also take place via Zoom on Wednesday. Sex worker storytellers will entertain and inform with amazing stories of their sex work experiences.
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Wednesday’s rally will support calls for the decriminalisation of sex work in Queensland. Sex workers also demand moratoriums against police entrapment and the criminalisation of basic safety strategies.
During 2020 and right up to the present time, COVID-19 impacted harshly on sex workers in Australia and around the world.
Previously, Queensland Sex Workers already endured discrimination, criminalisation and the misuse of police powers. They lacked access to welfare and crisis financial support, barriers to justice and online marginalisation.
Lockdowns and social distancing further impacted the ability of sex workers to make even a subsistence wage.
Janelle Fawkes from DecrimQLD told QNews that even with the easing of restrictions, social and economic disparities continue to intensify.
“Sex workers face housing insecurity, lack of money for basic necessities and advertising bans. Clients also have less money to spend in the face of the economic downturn. This all happens against the backdrop of the ongoing criminalisation of our work and workplaces. Additionally, a number of welfare programs exclude sex workers. We are left in an increasingly precarious position while bills keep coming in.
“Sex worker organisations remained hard at work during the pandemic. Despite the challenges, they worked tirelessly to provide support.”
Muggles welcome at the rally!!!❤️🐾 https://t.co/0OgJXBVwGK
— Decrim Qld (@DecrimQLD) February 25, 2021
The Intro Room via Zoom
Debby Doesn’t Do It For Free and Queenie Bon Bon host Sex Worker Storytelling from 6 pm on Wednesday. Entry to the event is by donation, starting from $11.49 (incl. booking fee). The organisers are donating 100% of the funds to Fiji’s unfunded Survival Advocacy Network (SAN). SAN provides a drop-in space in SUVA and also advocates for the rights of Fijian sex workers of all diversities.
Who can resist a sex worker story?
Grab a front row lounge ticket for our 3 March International Sex Worker Rights #ISWRD ONLINE treat!
Raise funds for SAN the sex worker organisation in Fiji!
— Debbydoesntdoit4free (@The_Debbys) February 23, 2021
Check out what’s on for Sex Worker Rights Day and find out more about sex worker rights in Queensland at Respect.
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