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Übersicht Prostitution und Prostituiertenbewegung in Australien


green: legal and regulated
blue: sex work legal, but brothels illegal, prostitution not regulated
States (von oben mitte im Uhrzeigersinn): blau: Northern Territory, grün: Queensland, NSW mit A.C.T., Victoria, blau: Tasmania, South Australia, Western Australia.

Position of prostitution in the federal states and the Territories
(As of August, 2008)

State . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sexwork . . . . . . Brothelkeeping. . . . . . . . . . .
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Australian Capital Territory. . . Decriminalized. . . depends [1] . . . . . . . . . . . .
New South Wales . . . . . . . . . Decriminalized. . . Allowable under license . . . . . .
Northern Territory. . . . . . . . Decriminalized. . . Escort agencies only under license.
Queensland. . . . . . . . . . . . Legal . . . . . . . Allowable under license . . . . . .
South Australia . . . . . . . . . Illegal . . . . . . Illegal . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Tasmania. . . . . . . . . . . . . Illegal . . . . . . Illegal . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Victoria. . . . . . . . . . . . . Legal . . . . . . . Allowable under license . . . . . .
Western Australia . . . . . . . . Decriminalized. . . depends [2] . . . . . . . . . . . .

[1] Brothels certainly exit in Australian Capital Territory, but whether or not they are allowed depends on the data.
[2] Brothels certainly exit in Western Australia, but whether or not they are allowable depends on the data.
(Generally speaking, brothels do exit publicly under the name of massage parlour all over the Federation except in Northern Territory and Tasmania. Although underground brothels are supposed to exit in Northern Territory and Tasmania, the truth thereof has not been ascertained yet.)
Source: Prostitution Laws in Australia, No. 22, May 1990
www.aic.gov.au, www.scarletAlliance.org.au

Der Kontinent Australien besteht aus 8 verschiedenen Bundesstaaten mit unterschiedlicher Prostitutionspolitik und -gesetzgebung von abolutionistisch bis regulatorisch.
Sexworker from Australia hat geschrieben:Decriminalisation is the removal of all laws for the sex industry (ie NSW in Australia).
Legalisation is the introduction of special regulatory laws (often licensing and registration) for the sex industry (Qld, Vic and NT in Australia).

In a legalised setting, everyone who operates outside the special regulations is illegal. And yes, in places where it is legalised, that means almost everyone, because it is SOOO hard to be legal, and there are actually few benefits (and lots of co$t$) [Sep 07].
Richterin Susan Himel hat geschrieben:Australia
Länderbericht aus dem Urteil
Bedford v. Canada, 2010 ONSC 4264

[202] Australia’s federal system of government assigns jurisdiction over prostitution to the state or territorial level of government. Decriminalization has occurred in six of Australia’s eight jurisdictions. The current situation in each is described below:

a) South Australia: Prostitution-related activities remain criminal.

b) Western Australia: Passed the Prostitution Amendment Act 2008 (W.A.) but has yet to bring its decriminalization provisions (allowing brothels) into force. Public soliciting for the purpose of prostitution is illegal.

c) New South Wales: Since law reform occurred in 1979, there have been few restrictions on soliciting (it is not permitted near schools or places of worship, for example), and indoor prostitution is governed only by municipal rules.

d) Victoria: Has permitted indoor prostitution since 1984. The law requires all brothels (maximum six rooms), home-based businesses, and escort agencies to obtain a licence (pending a police check) and demands all prostitutes undergo disease screening. Soliciting remains illegal.

e) Australian Capital Territory: Since 1992, brothels, escorts, and independent operators (who must work alone) have been permitted provided they register with the government; condom use is required by law. Street prostitution remains illegal.

f) Northern Territory: Licensed escort agencies and indoor operators (working alone) are permitted, while brothels and street prostitution remain illegal.

g) Tasmania: Individual workers operating indoors are permitted (and can work in pairs), while brothels, escort agencies, and street solicitation remain illegal. The 2005 legislation permitting indoor operations adds provisions against intimidating, assaulting, and threatening prostitutes, and mandates higher sentences for these crimes.

h) Queensland: In response to a scandal that revealed the police had been operating brothels and were engaged in racketeering, Queensland’s Prostitution Act 1999 (Qld.) allowed licensed brothels to operate in restricted locations. Escort agencies and street prostitution remain illegal (in fact, the fine for solicitation has increased). Unique to Queensland, the legislation mandated a five-year review published as Regulating Prostitution: An Evaluation of the Prostitution Act 1999 (QLD) (Brisbane: Crime and Misconduct Commission, 2004) [“Queensland Report”].

[203] Queensland’s government opted to permit indoor prostitution. The Honourable T.A. Barton, Member for Waterford-ALP, and the Minister for Police and Corrective Services, stated the reasons for this change at the Second Reading of the Bill on November 10, 1999 at 4826:

Licensed brothels are the Government's preferred option as they provide a safer work environment for workers and clients; workers can receive peer support from other workers; workers can be relieved of the responsibility of running a business; brothels provide an access point for health and other service providers; and it is easier to monitor and control safe sex practices in a brothel environment.

[204] The Queensland Report concluded that sole operators, as a result of their complete isolation, are at greater risk of violence than their counterparts in legal brothels. Street-based prostitution, for which the legal reform created stiffer penalties, has been reduced through aggressive policing. According to the Queensland Report, 75 per cent of the sex industry has not elected to move into the legal sector, and continues to operate contrary to the law. Decriminalization has not led to an increase in the size of the sex industry.

[205] In New South Wales, which permits public soliciting except in proximity to schools, homes, or places of worship, the government has established “safe house brothels” where, for a small fee, street prostitutes can bring their clients and they will be protected by a monitored intercom, a single entrance with cameras, and they can have access to health and welfare services.

http://www.canlii.org/en/on/onsc/doc/20 ... c270411914

In New South Wales (NSW) müssen sich Bordelle lizensieren (Prostitution ACT of 1992) und die Regierung gibt sogar praktische Informationen über ordnungsgemäße Bordellführung heraus. Andererseits hat diese Politik zu Folge, daß es angemeldete offizielle Bordelle gibt, aber auch geheime im Untergrund mit extrem präkarisierten "Arbeitsbedingungen".

Ein wichtiges Dokument der Sexarbeiter-Vertreter aus dem Jahr 2000 faßt alle Anforderungen an einen politischen Legaliserungsprozess zusammen
"Die Bibel der Sexwork-Legalisierung":
Principles for Model Sex Industry Legislation

SEXWORKER.AT interne Querverweise:

Regierungsbericht der "Prostitution Licensing Authority": Sexarbeit in Queensland

Video: Sex worker the ultimate Sexperts

Staatlich finanzierte SexworkerSELBSTorganisation

Ländervergleich: Australien, Neuseeland, Japan 2008

Sex worker-supporting organisations
(as of 1995)

Organisation - Location:

WISE - Braddon, Australian Capital Territory
SWOP - Darlinghurst, New South Wales
PANTHER - Darwin, Northern Territory
SQWISI - Brisbane, Queensland
PASA - Adelaide, South Australia
TAS-WISE - Launceston, Tasmania
PCV - Kilda, Victoria
SA SIN - Adelaide, South Australia
SIERA - West Perth, Western Australia



Scarlet Alliance:

Sex Worker Outreach Project Australia:

SWAGGERR (Sex worker action group gaining enpowerment rights recognition):

South Australien Sex Industry Network:


Freiwillige Migration von asiatischen SexarbeiterInnen nach Australien:


Prostitutions-Legalisierung entweder als Dekriminalisierung oder Regelementierung

Legalisierung im Sinne von umfassender Dekriminalisierung ist die Forderung der Prostituiertenbewegung im Sinne der universalen Menschenrechte.

Regulierung/Reglementierung hingegen bedeutet z.B. Registrierung von Prostituierten und Lizensierung von Bordellen und im Gegenzug Zwang zu Pflichtkontrollen und Berufs-Verbot bei Regelverstoß.

Regulierung bedeutet/erfordert Kontrolle bei Regelverstoß und in Australien gehen die Staatsorgane bis zur letzten Konsequenz:

Gemeindebehörde bezahlt für Bordellbesuche von verdeckten Kontrolleuren
Councils pay for brothel sex - January 21, 2007:
http://www.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/s ... 10,00.html

Im Dritten Reich gab es in Deutschland zivil getarnte Polizisten, die auf öffentlichen Toiletten Homosexuelle auf frischer Tat ertappen wollten - Einlieferung ins KZ drohte wie wir alle wissen (KZ-Symbol: Rosa Winkel). Analog wird heute in verschiedenen Ländern z.B. den U.S.A., Hong Kong.. nach Prostituierten gefahndet. Vielfach ist diese Polizeimacht von Polizisten zur persönlichen sexuellen Befriedigung ausgenutzt worden.

Deutsche können mit "Working Holiday Maker Program VISA Subclass 417" als Sexarbeiter in Australien Geld verdienen:
VISA for Sex Work in Australien 2012.pdf
Abbreviated Visa for
People considering travelling to Australia for sex work

ScarletAlliance.org.au 2012
11 pages
(503.52 KiB) 3116-mal heruntergeladen
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Sex-Dienstleistungen fürs nächste Flugticket

Work & Travel mal anders: Im Norden Australiens arbeiten ausgebrannte Backpacker illegal als Prostituierte. Das zumindest behaupten die Betreiber legal zugelassener Bordelle - die unliebsame Konkurrenz schädigt ihr Geschäft.

Rucksackurlauber sind nicht bekannt dafür, mit zuviel Kleingeld unterwegs zu sein. Viele nehmen die absonderlichsten Jobs an, um das Geld für den nächsten Flug zusammenzukriegen. Manche seien sogar illegal als Prostituierte tätig, sagt Nick Inskip, Sprecher der "Queensland Adult Business Association", einer Interessengemeinschaft der Bordellbetreiber im australischen Staat Queensland, der australischen Zeitung "The Age".

Die illegale Sexindustrie gefährde nicht nur den Profit lizenzierter Etablissements, sondern untergrabe zudem deren Bemühungen, hohe Gesundheits- und Sicherheitsstandards aufrechtzuerhalten, sagte Inskip der Zeitung. Speziell im nördlichen Queensland passiere es häufig, dass Backpacker für illegale Begleitservice-Unternehmen arbeiteten. Dort frage niemand nach einem Ausweis, wie das bei den legalen Einrichtungen üblich sei.

Die illegalen Bordelle und Begleitservices könnten von Kunden geringere Preise verlangen, weil sie keine Steuern und schlechtere Gehälter zahlten und weniger Personal beschäftigten.

In Queensland gibt es insgesamt 23 lizenzierte Bordelle. Begleitagenturen, die Sexdienstleistungen anbieten, sind offiziell verboten - solche Dienste dürfen laut Gesetz nur selbständige Prostituierte anbieten. Schon seit dem vergangenen Jahr vermuten australische Behörden, dass viele Universitätsstudentinnen aus asiatischen Ländern die teuren Studiengebühren mit Nebenjobs in der illegalen Sexindustrie finanzieren.

Quelle: Spiegel Online

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Offener Brief gegen Buch


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Polarisiert ist die Prostitutionsdebatte.

In Australien gibt es verschiedene Prostitutionsgesetzgebungen.

Aber auch ihre Wahrnehmung und Bewertung ist polarisiert.

Hier ein Buch gegen die Liberalisierung der Prostution in Australien:


Verlag: spinifexpress.com.au

Hier ein offener Brief der Sex Worker Bewegung gegen das feministische Buch

To Spinifex Press,

To Political Science Department, Melbourne University,

To the Distributors and Bookstores that are selling "Making Sex Work,"

The undersigned express concern, opposition, and great disappointment to the
content and intention of "Making Sex Work" by Mary Lucille Sullivan. This
book contains misinformation about Australian sex workers and the legal
frameworks within which sex work operates, and incorrectly concludes that
sex workers have and continue to suffer great harms as a result of the
decriminalisation and legalisation of the sex industry in Australia. From a
sex worker rights perspective, the converse is true: sex workers across
Australia have witnessed immense progress in civil, human and industrial
rights as a result of the recognition of sex work as work in Australia, and
have enjoyed a great many benefits from this, not the least being an
increased ability to participate in sex work without fear of criminal

Sex workers, sex work advocates, and allies of sex workers, have argued for
decades in Australia in favour of law reform processes, for the purpose
of repealing the criminal approaches that characterised the Victorian
era. Law reform processes began in the 1970's and were championed by
feminists, human rights advocates, members of the judiciary, sex workers,
and supporters of sex workers. These groups remain engaged in sex industry
law reform today, and the process continues across Australia, with
jurisdictions regularly reviewing their approach to sex work. There is
still much more work to be done, but it is imperative to recognise that
Australia leads the world and has come a long way since the days of
paper-bag pay-offs for police.

Mary Sullivan's book does not recognise the important role sex worker
communities and the supporters of sex workers have played in driving law
reform debates in Australia. This is illustrated by her lack of consultation
with the sex worker groups she refers to in her book. Sex worker groups,
projects, networks and organisations in Australia and around the world have
a right to expect accurate and non-malicious representations of their work
to be maintained, particularly in academic contexts such as PhD Thesis.
Mary Lucille Sullivan's educational institution, Melbourne University, and
her supervisor, Sheila Jeffreys must take some responsibility for this, as
well as Spinifex Press, the publisher of "Making Sex Work." As sex worker
groups are one of the primary targets of Mary Lucille Sullivan's book one
would expect that these groups would be formally interviewed. That they
were not calls into question Mary Lucille Sullivan's intentions and ethics.
The sex worker advocates that are quoted in interview with Mary Lucille
Sullivan were interviewed so long ago it is impossible that they would have
been aware the interviews would be use to prop up Mary Lucille Sullivan's
thesis. Mary Lucille Sullivan has in no way tested, challenged or proven her
own thesis - by choosing not to allow sex worker groups to participate she
conveniently silenced any opportunity sex workers had of having a voice in
her work. There is no practical barrier to Mary Lucille Sullivan choosing to
accurately represent sex workers - sex worker organisations are transparent
and open entities that participate in research regularly. Sex worker
networks, groups, organisations and projects, extensively misquoted and
misrepresented by Mary Lucille Sullivan in her book, now request a formal
right of reply to her case.

In conclusion, we the undersigned would like to express concern at
the increased stigma, discrimination, vilification, and potential curtailing
of sex workers' civil, human and industrial rights, that may potentially
occur as a result of Mary Lucille Sullivan's book. Her work must be
recognised as a form of hate crime against sex workers, and critiqued as
such. We urge the thinking public to understand this book within a continuum
of anti-sex work rhetoric that is itself a root cause of violence against
sex workers.

Elena Jeffreys, President, Scarlet Alliance, Australian Sex Workers

Jenni Gamble, Manager, Sex Industry Network, Project of the AIDS
Council of South

Elise Archer

DHanu River


Candi Forrest

norrie mAy-welby, currently employed in sex worker health, previously
self-employed as sex worker

Alina Thomas, Immediate Past President, Scarlet Alliance, Australian Sex
Workers Association

Sex Workers Outreach Project, Australias Capital Territory, Project of the
AIDS Action Council of Australias Capital Territory

Julie Bates, Planning & Health Consultants, Urban Realists

Ms Lynda Pearl, humanitarian activist.

Petra Timmerman, ICRSE,

Cheryl Overs

Melissa Gira, Development Director of the St James Infirmary, and Board
Member of the Desiree Alliance

Lek Souns, Empower Foundation, Thailand

Jenn Clamen, Mobilisation Co-ordinator, on behalf of Stella,

Andrew Hunter, on behalf of the Asia Pacific Network of Sex Workers,

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Abolitionismus für Aborigines .

Nur für Ureinwohner soll Alkohol und Pornographie verboten werden



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Proteste gegen erneute Diskriminierung von Sexarbeitern in New South Wales (NSW, Australia)

Neue Gesetze zugunsten lizensierter Großbetriebe und gegen unabhängige Sexarbeiterinnen sollen kommen

Iemma and Sartor are reversing the decriminalisation of the sex industry in NSW by introducing harsh and discriminatory laws that will oversee eviction of private workers from their homes, power and electricity cut off from non-Council approved brothels, and the Land and Environment Court hearing applications aiming to render entire sections of neighbourhoods 'sex industry free.'

The Bill was introduced to parliament late on Wednesday night and is expected to be rushed through the Legislative Assembly early this week. This is the only opportunity to stop this retrograde step.

Saunas, performance venues, burlesque, any venue that allows nudity could be subject to the new laws.

Please join us and show your support on the steps of Parliament House, Macquarie Street,

*Tuesday 26th June, 2007*

*12.30pm – dress in red*

Legislation that will have significant negative outcomes for sex workers, men who have sex with men, strip clubs, night clubs and pubs that have performance including nudity, and other sexually active members of the community is being rushed through Parliament under the disguise of an "Illegal Brothel Bill." There has been no consultation on the new laws.

The new laws are called the Brothel Bill, however this disguises the fact that it is individuals, and individual sex workers, NOT commercial brothels, that will bear the brunt of this legislation.

The definition of brothel in NSW is anywhere that prostitution takes place. Therefore the homes of individual sex workers, home occupation businesses, strip clubs that cater to sexual contact, and massage parlours premises are all incorrectly determined to be brothels.

For sex workers this means a return to the pre-decriminalisation days when pay-offs (Geldzahlungen um arbeiten zu können) were essential. Back then sex industry regulators were the police. The new regulators are councils. If these laws go through, Councils will have the power to make sex workers homeless, without any requirement to listen to sex workers concerns or provide alternative housing…. This is an explicit removal of natural justice.

Right now ICAC (Independent Commission Against on Corruption) is considering allegations of council corruption, including pay offs by sex industry, and a report into council corruption in relation to the sex industry is likely to come out this year. Yet the Government is rushing through laws that significantly increase Council powers, dramatically lessen the need for proof, allow action based on only one complaint, and introduce changes that mean anywhere sex work takes place, even as a one off can be effected.

The proposed law includes
  • Removal of natural justice
  • Reversal of the onus of proof.
  • Council will have the power to have amenities like phone and power turned off and a fining regime implemented.
  • A Court may determine a place was a brothel without any direct evidence and may accept circumstantial evidence.
  • A new definition of "sex related uses" in the "Environmental Planning and Assessment Act" includes all premises where nudity and money are involved: clubs, performance venues, and art spaces will be effected.
  • Instead of councils needed to receive "sufficient complaints about the brothel" prior to taking action, Councils can now take closure action after only one complaint.
  • An owner of a apartment building where a private sex worker is working can be subject to these new laws. A defense for the owner is to evict the sex worker. The Local Council is exempt from the EPA Act S121G. If an EPA "order" is likely to make a person homeless, usually there must be appropriate support to find the person another home. In the case of "Brothel Closure Orders" the person will receive no support.
  • As the definition of brothel still includes one person working as a sex worker in their own home the increased Council power including acting on only 1 complaint and without the need to prove prostitution takes place.
  • etc etc etc


The Legislation:

Steve Whan hansard from Wednesday night, tabling the bill

Frank Sartors speech on the topic earlier this month
http://www.scarletalliance.org.au/laws/ ... 6-21.1317/

Background to NSW laws

NSW Media on the topic:

Toleranzzonen dienen der Rechtfertigung von Intolleranz andernorts und sind letztlich doch selbst nur Gethos verschärfter Kontrolle.


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Agent Provocateur gegen independant Sexworker


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Bezahlte Bordelltester - Spione der Regierung

Council may again pay for sex spies

Clay Lucas
June 28, 2007

MELBOURNE City Council officers want to resume paying private investigators to have sex in illegal brothels as part of gathering evidence in the bid to shut them.

Officers at the council say it is the only option because police and the State Government have abandoned enforcement action against illegal brothels.

Councils have been left to shut down illegal brothels using planning laws after police effectively stopped enforcement action.

In February, The Age reported that at least six councils — including Melbourne — were paying private investigators to have sex in illegal brothels to gather evidence of a breach of planning rules.

Councils were paying private investigators between $1500 and $3000 for each investigation. This included a billing fee for the investigator and expenses to cover up to three visits to a suspect premises. Illegal brothels typically charge between $100 and $150 an hour.

Melbourne City and Yarra councils dropped the practice immediately.

Now Melbourne has received complaints about a resurgence in big illegal brothels, employing up to 12 sex workers, in prominent locations such as Bourke and Elizabeth streets.

Council officers say there is no option but to resume the practice unless police or Consumer Affairs Victoria, which has the key role in controlling legalised brothels, begin to take enforcement action.

On Tuesday, councillors will vote on whether to give back the authority for council officers to pay private investigators.

Melbourne City's planning chairwoman Catherine Ng said she would not support the move.

The president of the Municipal Association of Victoria, Dick Gross, said Consumer Affairs was a sleepy hollow asleep at the wheel.

"Nearly five months after this story first broke, local government continues to unreasonably find itself at the forefront of enforcement action against illegal brothels," Cr Gross said.

Police superintendent Stephen Leane said: "The regulation of the industry, including addressing those operators who breach the regulatory framework, is a matter for Consumer Affairs Victoria."

Police would not say how many enforcements they had been involved in since January.

Consumer Affairs Victoria said it had been involved in seven searches of illegal brothels in the last year, a similar response to that given in February, when the issue of illegal brothels became public.

One of the brothels that Melbourne City Council investigated in the past few months is near the Consumer Affairs Victoria's offices at the intersection of Bourke and Exhibition streets.


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Rekordansturm auf Bordelle vor APEC-Gipfel


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Wenn in Australien am kommenden Wochenende der APEC-Gipfel über die Bühne geht, haben nicht nur Sicherheitskräfte und Hotelangestellte viel Arbeit – auch in den Bordellen wird es rund gehen. Die Lusthäuser verzeichnen einen Rekordansturm, tausende Anfragen und „Reservierungen“ seien in den letzten Tagen eingegangen. An dem Gipfeltreffen, bei dem die Wirtschaftsbeziehungen zwischen Asien und der Pazifikregion vertieft werden sollen, nehmen Vertreter aus 21 Nationen teil.

Die australischen Bordelle stellen sich bereits mit „Spezialangeboten“ auf ihre internationale Kundschaft ein. So gibt es die „Presidential Platter“ mit einer nicht näher beschriebenen „variety of pleasures“ und das etwas indiskretere „United Nations Double“.

„Wir haben Telefonanrufe aus aller Welt erhalten“, berichtet der australische Bordell-Lobbyist Chris Seage. Die meistgestellte Frage sei, wie diskret man einen Besuch für die Diplomaten – unter ihnen hochrangige Botschafter und Politiker – abwickeln könnte, so Seage.

Für die Australier gibt es am Gpifel-Wochenende nicht viel zu holen, bemerkt Seage gegenüber der Agence France Presse. Die „besten“ Sexarbeiter(innen) reservierten das Wochenende für die Gäste aus Übersee und Fernost in Erwartung hoher Trinkgelder.


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Bordell-Rüsten für APEC-Gipfel

Vorbereitungen in Sydney auf Hochtouren
Sydney - Angesichts des am Samstag beginnenden Gipfels des Asien-Pazifik-Forums (APEC) in Sydney bereiten sich die Bordelle der australischen Stadt mit speziellen Angeboten auf das internationale Publikum vor. So habe ein bekanntes Bordell das Angebot "Vereinte Nationen" ins Programm genommen, bei dem zwei Frauen aus verschiedenen Ländern gleichzeitig im Einsatz seien, berichtete die australische Klatsch-Website "Crikey" am Montag.

In den vergangenen zwei Wochen hätten Sydneys Bordelle zahlreiche Anrufe aus Übersee bekommen, sagte der Bordell-Lobbyist Chris Seage der Website. Die häufigste Frage sei, wie diskret ein Bordell-Besuch in Sydney sein könne. Viele Sexarbeiterinnen der Stadt würden angesichts des erwarteten Besucheransturms darauf verzichten, am Freitag freizunehmen. Der Tag war wegen des Gipfels zu einem freien Tag erklärt worden. (APA/AFP)


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Power Prostitutes

A new series dives into the glamour end of the sex trade, writes Bridget McManus.

NOT since Julia Roberts flashed her heart of gold beneath that hot pink crop top in the 1990 box office hit Pretty Woman have working girls been so positively portrayed as they are in Roger Simpson and Andy Walker's Foxtel drama Satisfaction.

Billed as "shocking, intelligent and sexy", the series tells the personal and professional stories of six escorts working from a plush fictional Melbourne brothel called 232. There are no Russian Dolls, Asian sex slaves or CSI-style exhibit As in this show. These are savvy women, who cherry-pick their clients and are always in control.

But just like the opulent nightclub in which 232 is filmed — all dripping chandeliers and undulating velvet — power prostitutes are something of an illusion. As the women's stories unfold — over ten episodes and between almost constant sex scenes — the cracks in their lives begin to show. But never enough to shatter the shimmering fantasy of the industry's top end, which is what Satisfaction is strictly about.

"232 is better than any brothel you'd walk into," says Simpson. "The world is quite luxurious and fantasy-like. The stories are real but the environment's very luscious — more like a French bordello than an Australian massage parlour. It's a largely metaphorical world because it's really about men and women — human beings and sex.

"It's about the prostitute in us all. We all prostitute ourselves and we get what we want and to hell with the consequences and we trade with the devil. We are ruthless in terms of getting what we want in the sexual arena."

Simpson and Walker, along with their writers, directors and leading ladies, visited several brothels in the name of research, finding their subjects overwhelmingly willing to share what is essentially a secret existence.

"The women who operate at that kind of echelon, clients almost apply to see them, so there's a really heavy screening process," says Walker. "There are women in Sydney that we're aware of who cost thousands of dollars a night."

"We're not portraying the street worker or that end of the market at all," says Simpson. "As soon as we have a heroin addict we've got a heroin story and I've no desire to add to the heroin stories in Australia, both in film and television. Or child abuse or all those cliches of the prostitution industry.

"It just gets in the way of the stories we want to tell. It's not like the entire industry is hooked on heroin; it's a minority activity. At a higher level, the industry is incredibly well regulated and women on heroin wouldn't be tolerated in a brothel like ours. We don't tell it as an easy life. It has its costs and we dramatise those too," says Simpson.

"The brothel is a female-dominated space, which is something that we often think of as the complete reverse but it makes perfect sense," says Walker.

For all the strong women who drive 232 — manager Natalie (Kestie Morassi), seasoned star Chloe (Diana Glenn), breakaway Mel (Madeleine West), sweet young Tippi (Bojana Novakovic), lesbian Heather (Peta Sergeant) and divorcee and novice Lauren (Alison Whyte) — the brothel is owned by a man, an ex-con called Nick (Robert Mammone).

"Nick does not fit what you would imagine a pimp to be," says Mammone.

"He's reasonably articulate, he likes the finer things in life, he's very pragmatic about the adult industry. It's a business and he's providing a service for people. But he is also a bloke who wants to better himself."

Mammone says his research for the role led him to rationalise why men visit brothels. "There are some men who are out every weekend, dressing themselves up, buying drinks for the ladies, they're doing their best to meet someone."

"Then maybe later on, they might have been with someone they don't want to spend any more time with, but you're getting all that 'after' stuff and I know blokes go, 'Well, look, the night is costing me three or four hundred bucks anyway, I may as well just go and spend two hundred, go and have a good time and then I'm free to go watch the footy'.

"I know blokes justify it in that way. But of course, they'll never admit it because everyone wants their mates to see them as desired."

A plethora of perversions woven into the script makes for some awkward, touching and very funny moments.

"It was interesting because you're dealing with male sexuality in a very concentrated way," says Alison Whyte.

"So I was looking at men differently when we were shooting it. We got a little bit into fetish stuff as well. Learning all about that was quite eye-opening. Oh man, there are some really strange folk out there in terms of what they need. 'Plushies' are pretty bizarre. People dress up in furry (animal) outfits with flaps at the back or the front.

"There was one woman who'd stand on an apple box next to a pole and her partner would wrap her up with Glad Wrap really tight with her back to the pole and then take the apple box away and then she would just slide slowly down the pole and that was her thing," says Whyte.

"There are foot fetishes," adds Mammone, "blokes that want to wear nappies, that want to be trodden on with stilettos. Or rolled up or dressed in babies' clothes. You think of it, people are doing it."

Casting "really good male actors" as clients was not easy, says Simpson. Often they would be required for only one scene where nudity was guaranteed but dignity was not. But any discomfort for the men was trifling compared to what was asked of the female leads, who spent their first day on set shooting back-to-back sex scenes.

Of course, the set was as closed as could be, scenes were mapped out on storyboards and positions practised with clothes on. From the first audition, the actors knew what they were in for. They were shown erotic European films to demonstrate the desired cinematic style.

"I trusted (director) Ken (Cameron) and Andy and the crew," says Glenn. "You couldn't make them tell a dirty joke. They were all hand-picked so that they would be respectful and they were sensational. After the first go, you're thinking, 'They're looking at my cellulite!' And when you get past that, you're like, 'OK, bring on the next one'."

Glenn and Whyte describe filming Satisfaction as a fun, liberating, empowering project that opened their eyes to the industry.

"The women we spoke to said that the reason people go to those places is that it is a sort of intimacy that they want, even though it's a faked intimacy," says Whyte. "And not just a physical intimacy, obviously. It's psychological and emotional as well, but it's fake."

Glenn sees parallels with the acting industry: "We prostitute ourselves as actors constantly — using what you have, what you look like — all those things to make a buck when you need to, and putting your integrity on the shelf sometimes. As women and men come into their sexuality, you do kind of push the boundaries to see how far it takes you and what you can get with it. The thing about these girls is at least there's an honest transaction."

The girls of 232 may be beautiful and their surroundings prestigious, but the actresses are wary of glamorising the profession.

"I don't want to glorify prostitution," says Glenn. "I know it has to look a certain way for it to be palatable television but I remember saying (to Simpson and Walker), it's really important that you give (the women) moments of reflection and knowing that what they do costs them something, because otherwise it's not fair to the women whose stories we're telling.

"And also I don't want to promote the idea of 'Become a prostitute and you can have nice clothes and a nice car and life is rosy'. It must be hard.[?] You have to set certain boundaries as a sex worker so that you have something to take home, which is why a lot of them don't kiss, which is why some acts they don't do.

"To let your body be touched by one man who's paying for it and another man who you love must get kind of tricky. Your body doesn't really know the difference. I found it, even as an actor, sometimes tricky."


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Beitrag von JayR »

A Whore's Haven

Knowledge is power...this site aims to encourage self respect and empowerment in the men and women working in the sex industry, while at the same time educating the public about a section of our society who have too long hidden in the shadows.


...sex worker organisations...

Australia has an amazing network of sex worker organisations. Most are funded by state Health Departments, but they are NOT Government agencies. Services provided by these organisations are completely anonymous and confidential. In many cases, you don't even have to give your real name.

These organisations cater to all male, female and transgender workers...whether you're working in brothels, massage parlours, private homes, escort agencies or on the streets. They can offer you education and support in any aspect of your work...from sexual health education and safe sex practices; to tax or legal or welfare information; to counselling or teaching you "tricks of the trade". Many agencies have their own sex worker friendly doctors on premises. Support and assistance is also available to clients, partners and family of sex workers.


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Ist ausbeuterische Sexarbeit = Sklaverei?


Beitrag von Marc of Frankfurt »

Wichtige Bundesgerichtsentscheidung

Abgrenzung Sklaverei und Arbeitsausbeutung


Fall der Betreiberin Wei Tang.


Judge warns many [employers] could be snared [in die Falle geraten] by slavery laws

Karen Kissane
May 14, 2008

AUSTRALIA'S anti-slavery laws could be interpreted in a way that netted
employers who exploit workers, High Court justice Michael Kirby has warned.

Speaking from the bench in a sex-slavery case yesterday, he said if the
court did not define "slavery" with care, "then a lot of harsh employment
contracts are going to slip over into 'slavery' and are going to be
prosecuted with a potential of 25 years' imprisonment on conviction

"There are an awful lot of people in this country working in back rooms of
restaurants and in the rag trade [Lumpenhandel] (whose employers) would be susceptible to …
prosecutions for slavery, and that cannot be what Parliament intended,"
Justice Kirby said.

The lawyer before him, Wendy Abraham for the Crown, said: "But really, with
respect, Parliament cannot have intended either that it is OK to possess

Justice Kirby was part of a full bench of the High Court hearing an appeal
against the conviction of a Melbourne woman on 10 slavery-related charges.

In 2006 Fitzroy brothel owner Wei Tang was convicted by a County Court jury
of having possessed and used as slaves five Thai women she imported to work
as prostitutes

The women were told they had debts of up to $45,000 to work off, which would
involve servicing up to 900 men. The prosecution alleged their passports
were taken away, they were denied freedom of movement, and had to work six
days a week for no payment other than reduction of the "debt"

Wei Tang was sentenced to a minimum of six years in prison, but was released
on bail in 2007 when the Court of Appeal ordered a retrial. The Crown
appealed to the High Court against that decision. Wei Tang has
cross-appealed to the High Court asking for an acquittal.

Wei Tang's lawyers say she believed she had an employer relationship with
the women
. The Crown argues that it is not necessary for her to have
knowingly enslaved, only that she knowingly set up the conditions that
effectively made the women slaves.

The landmark case challenges the constitutionality of the laws. The federal
Attorney-General and the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission are
appearing to defend them.

Justice Kirby said it would be naive "if we did not keep in the back of our
mind that there are very large movements of populations in the world today,
including of commercial sex workers ... who do so for economic advancement,
and that is just part of the reality of the world we live in".

Ms Abraham replied: "It is considered, in effect, a modern form of slavery,
because in many instances what is happening is similar to what happened in
this instance. "

But Justice Kirby said: "The fact that these were women who had worked in
the commercial sex industry in Thailand and came to this country in pursuit
of an arrangement which they made there, and stayed on in the brothels after
they had paid off their debt, is at least arguably evidence against notions
of involuntary slavery."

Justice Kirby said that when he was an articled clerk [Rechtsanwaltsgehilfe] there were many
elements of his employment that were "very similar to slavery: long hours,
lack of food and various forms of oppression. But no one would have said it
was slavery."

http://www.theage.com.au/news/national/ ... 38501.html

A landmark case testing the effectiveness of Australia's anti slavery laws
will go before the High Court today.

The case involves the owner of a Melbourne brothel, who in 2006, was
convicted of possessing sex slaves, namely Thai women smuggled into

Wei Tang successfully appealed against her 10 year jail term and conviction.

The Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions is now appealing against
that ruling and the matter has been set down in the High Court for two days.

Wei Tang's lawyers are expected to argue that the legislation is

An organisation which works with trafficked women says the outcome of the
case could have implications on Australia's anti slavery laws.

Nina Vallins from Project Respect, says the case is the most crucial test of
the effectiveness of the laws on slavery ever to go before an Australian

She says the victims in this case have been in virtual limbo [Limbo, Vorhölle, Vergessenheit] for five years.

Ms Vallins says more support should be offered to the victims of sexual

"The Australian Government only offers visas to women who are persons of
interest to the police
," she said.

"So that if the police are interested in investigating their case and the
women are able and willing to co-operate, then the women can access a
comprehensive system of support."

"If police aren't interested in investigating the case then the women are
returned home," she said.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2008 ... =melbourne

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Interview mit SW-Vertreterin Elena


Beitrag von Marc of Frankfurt »

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Slavery in the 21st century

How do you define slavery in the 21st century? That's the question faced by the High Court this week. Five Thai prostitutes whose passports and airline tickets had been confiscated had to work off a $40,000 debt before they received any wages. Is this a valid employment arrangement, or modern-day slavery?


Elena Jeffreys,
President, Scarlet Alliance - the Australian Sex Workers Association

Hui Zhou,
Melbourne Lawyer who does voluntary work for Project Respect

Anne Gallagher,
International lawyer, former adviser on trafficking to the UN

Jennifer Burn,
Immigration lawyer, Director Anti-Slavery Project, UTS

Damien Carrick

http://www.abc.net.au/rn/lawreport/stor ... 241462.htm


This transcript was typed from a recording of the program. The ABC cannot guarantee its complete accuracy because of the possibility of mishearing and occasional difficulty in identifying speakers.

Damien Carrick: In a few hours' time the High Court will be hearing a case about something most of us assume doesn't even exist: slavery.

This morning our country's leading legal minds will be pondering, what is a slave? And what is it to possess a slave? And this isn't some obscure legal point, in fact a sizeable number of investigations, prosecutions and convictions are all awaiting the outcome of this case.

Hui Zhou is a Melbourne lawyer who does voluntary work with Project Respect, an organisation that works with trafficked women. She's followed the Wei Tang case as it has wound its way up through the Victorian courts, all the way to the High Court.

Hui Zhou: Wei Tang was the owner of a brothel located at 417 Brunswick Street in Fitzroy, in Melbourne.

Damien Carrick: Which is a pretty trendy restaurant strip, isn't it?

Hui Zhou: Yes, it is, it's a cultural centre in Melbourne.

Damien Carrick: And what was she found guilty of by a jury some time back?

Hui Zhou: She was found guilty of five counts of possessing a slave, and five counts of using a slave.

Damien Carrick: Now that case was overturned on appeal, and is now before the High Court. But let's go back to the beginning of the story. What were the facts in this case? Who did it involve?

Hui Zhou: It involved Wei Tang. She was the defendant and the victims in the matter were five women; they were all from Thailand, and what we do know from the Court of Appeal decision is that they recruited in Thailand, they were approached by some people who said to them, 'Look, if you want to come and work in the sex industry in Australia, you can make lots of money.' We don't know very much about the contracts; they were told different things, but essentially when the women got to Australia, they were told that they owed approximately $40,000 to $45,000 and that in order to pay off that debt, they had to work in a brothel. They were sold for approximately $20,000 to Wei Tang who was the owner of the 417 brothel. There's a little bit of contention in relation to the degree of knowledge they had about the amount of debt, and it appears that each woman had a different understanding of what they were agreeing to.

Damien Carrick: These women came to Australia on tourist visas?

Hui Zhou: That's correct.

Damien Carrick: So they were sold by the Thai brokers to Wei Tang and some other people?

Hui Zhou: Yes.

Damien Carrick: Hui Zhou, what happened when these women arrived in Australia? What happened to them then?

Hui Zhou: They were met by someone associated with the brothel owner, Wei Tang, who then took them to a residence in Fitzroy. They were told that they would have to work at the 417 brothel and their passports were taken from them as well as their return airline ticket, and that was locked away in a locker at the 417 brothel.

Damien Carrick: Where did these women live once they arrived in Australia?

Hui Zhou: They lived in a residence in North Fitzroy, which was owned by one of the managers of the brothel. She lived there with them, and it appears that there were three or four women sleeping in one room. There was also another apartment across the road from that residence, and some of the women also lived there. It was, I think, a one-bedroom flat.

Damien Carrick: Now what were the working arrangements of these women at the brothel?

Hui Zhou: Essentially to pay off the $40,000 to $45,000 debt they had to work, and the arrangement was that for every man they saw at the brothel, they would pay off $50 of that debt; it worked out to be approximately 800 to 900 men, and they also worked six days a week at least for 10 to 12 hours per day.

Damien Carrick: And what about that seventh day?

Hui Zhou: That seventh day was what they called a 'free day', and they could either not work on that day, or in order to make money for themselves, they could elect to work, and which they would be paid that $50 for themselves.

Damien Carrick: Were the women free to come and go around Melbourne? Were they under lock and key? I mean were there bars on the window in the place or in the brothel?

Hui Zhou: It appears that there were many bars at the house. There aren't any bars at the brothel. However because they lived with the manager, essentially someone was with them at all times. They spent 10 to 12 hours a day at the brothel, and the time that they spent at the house was, you know, essentially for sleeping and all that sort of stuff. Some of the women felt that they were locked in, although there's no evidence that they were. On one occasion there was evidence that they had been physically locked in.

Damien Carrick: Were they free to travel around Melbourne as they pleased?

Hui Zhou: They were driven from the brothel to the house and vice versa, and they were taken—escorted, essentially—to the shops and all that sort of stuff, and sometimes on weekends they were taken to the karaoke bars and things like that for a bit of recreation. But from the evidence it appeared that the women essentially expressed that they didn't feel that they were free, although it wasn't ever really explicitly spoken that they weren't free to come and go.

Damien Carrick: What was the relationship, the personal relationship between the Thai women and Wei Tang and the other people who worked at the brothel?

Hui Zhou: They seemed to have a fairly complex relationship. The Court of Appeal held that there were aspects of ownership. However, it also appeared that the women called the woman that they lived with 'Mummy', and she was the manager of the brothel, and they did go to her with problems, and some of the women expressed that they had a good relationship with her.

Damien Carrick: So it was a complex relationship? It wasn't one of fear and intimidation?

Hui Zhou: Not necessarily.

Damien Carrick: Now these five women came to the attention of authorities when there was I think a raid by Immigration officials on the brothel. At the time of the raids, two of these women had in fact paid off their debts, hadn't they?

Hui Zhou: That's correct.

Damien Carrick: And the restrictions placed on them had been lifted and their passports had been returned to them, and they were free to choose their hours of work, and they were then at that point being paid for their prostitution, and they were also free to live in accommodation of their own choosing?

Hui Zhou: That's right.

Damien Carrick: And once they had paid off the debts, they had chosen to continue working in the brothel?

Hui Zhou: That's right.

Damien Carrick: After the raid on the brothel, charges were laid against Wei Tang. This case went to trial; what did the jury find and what sentence did Wei Tang receive?

Hui Zhou: The jury found at first instance, at the first trial, found that they couldn't come to an agreement, so there was a hung jury on all ten counts. Wei Tang was then re-tried. She was found guilty of all ten counts.

Damien Carrick: Of possessing a slave?

Hui Zhou: Yes. Five of possessing, and five of using a slave. She received a 10-year term of imprisonment, with six years to serve as a non-parole period. The defence then lodged an appeal with the Court of Appeal, and the Court of Appeal quashed the convictions.

Damien Carrick: Melbourne lawyer, Hui Zhou.

It was about a year ago that the Victorian Court of Appeal quashed Wei Tang's convictions. The court ruled that the trial judge had erred when he directed the jury about the elements of the offence. The trial judge had told the jury there were three elements, first, that the women were slaves, second that Wei Tang possessed them as slaves, and third that Wei Tang knew they were reduced to slaves.

The Appeal Court ruled that the trial judge was wrong about this third element. It wasn't enough that Wei Tang knew they were reduced to slaves; she also had to have the intention to assert ownership over the women.

Jennifer Burn is an immigration lawyer; she's also the director of the Anti-Slavery project at the University of Technology in Sydney.

Jennifer Burn: The main question before the High Court is the definition of slavery in the criminal code. And the actual slavery offences are that a person who intentionally possesses a slave, or exercises over a slave any of the powers attaching to the right of ownership. It's very difficult to know what that means, whether it refers to slavery as it was understood when slaves were transported across the Atlantic between Africa and other countries; or whether it encompasses what we now know as a modern form of slavery.

Damien Carrick: And presumably a whole bunch of other investigations, prosecutions, and convictions will rest on how the High Court comes down on this question?

Jennifer Burn: It's very important. We have been testing the criminal law; significant amendments were made in 1999 and then 2005, but the High Court determination is absolutely critical. So it will be a major advantage to everybody when there is some clarity from the court.

Damien Carrick: Now this is the first time a trafficking case has come before the High Court. Last year, for the first time, a trafficking case came before the New South Wales Victims' Compensation Tribunal. Tell me about that case.

Jennifer Burn: The case was about a young woman who was trafficked to Australia when she was only 13.

Damien Carrick: A child.

Jennifer Burn: A child. In 1995. And she brought a case for victim's compensation last year in 2007, and she explained that she had come to Australia with the agreement of her father, who thought that she was coming here to work as a nanny to look after children. But instead of that, she was placed in sexual servitude. She was also told that she had a debt of about $35,000 that she had to pay off by having sex with women. She was restrained, she had no freedom of movement, she didn't have any money and her identity documents were confiscated. She was eventually detected by Immigration compliance officers, after she'd been in Australia for ten days. But the evidence to the Victims Compensation Tribunal was that during those ten days she had had sex with 100 men. Now after that, she was interviewed, and returned to Thailand. And following this case, we are in the process of exploring with other women who've been trafficked to Australia, the applications for Victims Compensation.

I think the case was important also for another reason: it really signals the progress that's been made in Australia since 1995. Really, it's almost a before and an after snapshot. In 1995 there were no slavery offences in the criminal code. In 2007 there are now offences of trafficking, trafficking in children, and debt bondage.

Damien Carrick: Now Nin was a child; I mean presumably there are also adults who come to Australia who don't understand that they're going to work in Australia as prostitutes. But is it fair to say that most women who do come understand that they will be working as sex workers?

Jennifer Burn: Many women do know that they'll be working in brothels in the sex industry. Other women don't know. But for the purposes of the criminal code, it doesn't really matter whether they knew that they were coming to work in the sex industry or not. It's really a whole lot of other factors around that that are critical in the identification of the trafficking and the slavery offences.

Damien Carrick: What are those factors?

Jennifer Burn: They include whether a woman was deceived, for example; about whether she'd be providing sexual services; or even if she knew that sexual services were part of the deal, whether she was deceived about the nature of the services, the conditions of work in other words. Whether or not there was deception about whether she would be free to leave the places that she worked, whether she'd have freedom of movement. And whether there's a debt. So these are now factors that are incorporated into the criminal code, and indeed there's a specific offence of deceptive recruiting for sexual services.

Damien Carrick: Does the state of mind of the woman count? I'm thinking here, we're talking about women from desperately poor developing countries, who might make, in their own mind, a calculation that this is a rational choice, an opportunity.

Jennifer Burn: And it may be a rational choice for them. It's very easy to forget about the global world when we live in Australia, and in very many parts of the world, there is extreme poverty. And it might not be seen as being a hindrance in the mind of a woman who decides to come to Australia to work in the sex industry. But I suppose what the law says is that the law is concerned to ensure that things are appropriate, that there's not exploitation [Ausbeutung], that there's not fraud [Betrug] or deception [Täuschung], that there is no harm [Leid, Nachteil, Schaden], that there isn't a harsh and unreasonable debt [Schuldenfalle], for example. So the law will look at all the conditions around the entry to Australia and the experiences faced by the woman while she is here.

Damien Carrick: Now earlier this year, there was a raid on a brothel in Sydney involving I think something like 10 Korean women; what do we know about that case?

Jennifer Burn: Well that case was reported in the press, and one of the interesting things about that case is that all those women held visas that entitled them to work in Australia. Again, just referring to the media reports, travel documents were taken from some of the women.

Damien Carrick: The Law Report is today looking at women from developing countries who work in Australia's sex industry. It's an issue that was even raised at the recent 2020 Summit.

Elena Jeffreys: I was lucky enough to be representing Australian sex workers at the 2020 Summit recently in Canberra. Scarlet Alliance, the Australian Sex Workers' Association, took to that Summit the importance of reorienting anti-trafficking measures in Australia from a prosecution focus to a prevention focus, and we would include more humane access to visas for migrant sex workers, as a key part of preventing human trafficking into Australia.

Damien Carrick: Elena Jeffreys is the president of the Scarlet Alliance, the Australian Sex Workers Association

Elena Jeffreys: Human trafficking is a transnational crime. However, by the time surveillance and detection and prosecution has taken place, the human rights abuse has already occurred. So a fully thought out response to trafficking into Australia will include a range of prevention measures, including allowing women to travel into Australia on visas that they can access themselves without having to go through third party agents and therefore be vulnerable to trafficking.

Damien Carrick: If Australia changed the laws to allow more women from developing countries to come in on work visas to work, bet it in the sex industry or any other industry, it would pull the carpet out from under the traffickers, by allowing women to travel here independently to work and they wouldn't have to resort to third parties or agents.

Elena Jeffreys: What we're calling for is a human rights framework where sex workers receive equal treatment to other people. That is, that sex workers aren't singled out to be denied visas to enter Australia; that we treat women or men wanting to travel to Australia for work from South East Asian regions with the same dignity and respect as we would treat what we traditionally understand as a skilled background wanting to migrate into Australia.

Damien Carrick: But is providing women from developing countries with bona fide work visas really going to solve the problem? Earlier this year there was a raid on a brothel in Sydney involving I think something like 10 Korean women and some of those, or all of those, did have work visas, and there were questions there about trafficking and about exploitation.

Elena Jeffreys: We have had in Australia what would appear from the outside to be an ad hoc raid and deportation approach to Asian-background sex workers in Australia, and millions and millions of dollars have been poured into that program with very few actual trafficking convictions in Australia. So we wouldn't like anybody to jump to conclusions about any of the women that were picked up in March until those cases are held in court. We can't say for sure that that's what was being busted in March.

Damien Carrick: If you did have these visas, would that mean that women would come to Australia and not come through an agent or a third party and find themselves entering into a kind of a contract, whereby they have to pay off a debt before they even start earning money from the work that they're doing?

Elena Jeffreys: The vast majority of migrant sex workers in Australia are from an Anglo background, from the UK. The second largest demographic would be from New Zealand and America. And yes, there is also a demographic of sex workers from South East Asian countries, Thailand, South Korea and China, and other countries around the region as well. Most of the women that are coming into Australia for sex work are accessing visas independently. Some of the women coming in to Australia for sex work are accessing visas through migration agents, or third-party contracts where they will agree to have all of their flights paid for, their accommodation paid for and generally their food paid for, and a lot of their transport paid for when they get to Australia. And they have a place of work when they get here. And in return they will work for a period of time paying off the debt contract to the migration agent that has helped arrange their visa and their travel and their transport.

Those debt contracts, the overwhelming majority of those debt contracts, are trouble-free and arranged in a way that both the sex worker and the person arranging the visa are happy at the end of it, and have a good relationship, and the person has a great time working in Australia, pays off their contract, stays and earns some money, sends money home, saves up some money while they're here, and goes home and has an amazing story to tell their grandchildren about the time that they travelled to Australia, and how much fun and how interesting it was.

Some of those debt contracts have been arranged in a situation where people have taken advantage of the vulnerability and the perceived lack of rights that an individual who's coming in to Australia for sex work may have, and some of those contract fees are ridiculously over-priced. This is when situations arise that we understand as human trafficking. When a person has been deceived, when their freedom is being curtailed, when their income is being withheld, and when they're basically in slave-like conditions, where they don't have control over their labour in a slave-like situation, with the person who has arranged their contract.

Damien Carrick: Like Elena Jeffreys, Jennifer Burn agrees about the need for strong prevention strategies. But unlike the Scarlet Alliance, Jennifer Burn maintains that Australia's current focus on investigations and prosecutions is a good use of resources. And she doesn't think visas in themselves are the answer.

Jennifer Burn: I'm not so sure that I share the Scarlet Alliance view on this. I look at the numbers of people who are coming to Australia on lawful visas, and I'm also mindful of levels of exploitation. I don't think that a visa itself is going to reduce or minimise exploitation, and in the 2007 year there were 130,000 working holiday visas granted to young people aged between 18 and 30, who want to come and holiday in Australia. There were also almost 230,000 student visas granted, and over 132 temporary work visas, such as the 457 visa. And we know that there have been many accounts of exploitation of people who hold these visas. So I don't think that a visa itself is going to operate to reduce or minimise slavery.

Damien Carrick: But coupled with the implementation of a sort of comprehensive labour rights framework for short-term visitors from overseas, that could be a way of minimising exploitation.

Jennifer Burn: I would agree that the issue is that in Australia we do not have a proper system of protection of overseas workers, and there are a whole lot of systems and reforms that could be introduced that would go part of the way towards minimising the possibility of exploitation. And I think that the debate in Australia will continue to canvass these issues and I hope that organisations and individuals concerned about these things will contribute to the government review of temporary work visas.

Damien Carrick: What do you say to the argument that sometimes contracts are not in themselves exploitative? Because often women from developing countries have no way of financing their trip unless they enter into a contract.

Jennifer Burn: Well the contracts that we've read about, and that we know about through the court processes and other kinds of evidence, are enormous. The going rate seems to be $45,000. It seems to be exploiting women in the region. We wouldn't imagine a situation in Australia where an Australian worker would consider such a contract. So I think that we need to look at these kinds of issues in a bit greater depth.

Damien Carrick: On that point, the Scarlet Alliance say the great bulk of foreign women who come to Australia and work in the sex industry are women from other rich world countries, and that shows that having foreign women working as sex workers in Australia is not necessarily exploitative.

Jennifer Burn: Oh no, it's not. I mean I think that's absolutely clear, and I'm not commenting about those situations. Many women do choose from such countries to come to Australia and work in the sex industry in Australia. In most parts of Australia the sex industry is not criminalised. It is possible to work safely in a good environment, and I'm sure that that's part of the decision in the minds of many women when they come to Australia to work as migrant sex workers...when they're not in an exploitative situation.

Damien Carrick: And when we're talking about people from developing countries, can you think of ways which would make working in Australia safer, less prone to gross exploitation?

Jennifer Burn: Nothing is going to work 100%. But it would be very useful in such countries if there was clearer information provided to people who are obtaining Australian visas, about the Australian legal and social environment. This information should include information on a person's rights and responsibilities; information about the police system that we have; the systems of support that we have. When people are coming on work visas, then there should be information that's given to them about where they can get help: what kinds of work conditions are considered acceptable in Australia? These are some of the areas of information that I would like to see given to foreign workers, especially from developing countries, where English might not be the first language. This would help minimise the risk of exploitation. So it's a bundle of ideas in country of origin, and then information that would apply in Australia, even information such as 000 is the number for emergency police help across Australia. This is not routinely provided to those who are coming here to work or to visit, and I think it would be a good idea.

Damien Carrick: Immigration law expert, Jennifer Burn.

Anne Gallagher is an international lawyer. She's a former adviser to the UN on trafficking and she's worked in over 50 countries.

She reckons that people trafficking needs to be looked at as part of the larger issue of labour movement from poor to rich countries.

Anne Gallagher: Worldwide there have been very few prosecutions relative to the agreed size of the problem. And there's a few reasons for this. I think the main problem is probably the most intractable. The economies of many countries depend to a greater or lesser degree on a disposable workforce, a group of people who can perhaps not be subject to the same kind of protections that the regular workforce is, a group of people who are being paid at a lower rate, and a group of people who can be very quickly moved out, or moved on, if the situation changes.

Damien Carrick: It does throw up some very tricky issues. I mean if you're a woman from a desperately poor developing country, and you choose to work as a prostitute in a Western country as a contract girl, whereby you pay off a debt by sleeping with men and after you've paid off that debt, you can then work and keep the wages, and sometimes apparently they can be very good wages. From the perspective of that woman, that can be a good choice, can't it?

Anne Gallagher: Well I guess there's a couple of points here. First of all the scenario that you paint is an illegal one. It's illegal because it's exploitative according to the laws and standards that have been established in this country. But I guess what you're asking is whether a judgment about what constitutes exploitation should depend on the perspective of the individual who is being exploited or not. And for me that's a question about human rights, and it's a question about whether we accept that a migrant is subject to a lesser standard than in this case an Australian citizen. Should we accept that employers deserve to work at a higher profit margin? For example, just because their employees are foreigners. And we can look at other examples that really don't differ from the example that you just presented. Should Thailand tolerate Burmese workers being paid less than $1 a day to work in a glove factory because that Burmese person is getting more than if they'd stayed at home? And even here in Australia, should Australia tolerate farmworkers form China being paid less than the minimum wage, just because it is still much more than they could hope to make in China. And I think if we answer No to those examples, then the question becomes Why should it be different for sex workers?

And I also think we shouldn't pretend that working in a brothel is like working in a shop. It's not. This is an industry that, as the Netherlands has discovered, no matter how well it's regulated, attracts criminals and exploiters. And there are also very specific occupational hazards that make prostitution different to other jobs, and that needs to be taken into account as well.

Damien Carrick: Anne Gallagher, a former adviser to the UN on trafficking issues.

That's The Law Report for this week. A big Thank You to produce Anita Barraud and to technical producer Kyla Brettle.

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Sexual servitude 'not slavery'

Karen Kissane, Canberra
May 15, 2008

SEXUAL servitude legally falls short of ownership and should not be considered a form of slavery, even though it denies a person freedom in fundamental ways, the High Court was told yesterday.

A person could not be convicted of slavery unless they had exercised a "right of ownership" and treated another person as a piece of property, knowing that they were enslaving them
, Neil Young, QC, said.

He said there was no legal basis for expanding that traditional definition of slavery to incorporate similar offences such as debt bondage and the trafficking of women.

Mr Young was appearing for Wei Tang, a former Brunswick brothel owner. Ms Tang was convicted in 2006 of 10 counts of possessing and using slaves in relation to five Thai women who had been imported to work for her as prostitutes. Her lawyers argued that she believed she had a contract of employment with the women.

She was sentenced to a minimum of six years' jail but was released on bail in 2007 when Victoria's Court of Appeal ordered a retrial. The Crown appealed to the High Court over that decision, and Ms Tang cross-appealed to the High Court asking for an acquittal.

The jury at her trial was told that the Thai women had their passports confiscated and their freedom of movement denied.

The women were told that in coming to Australia they had incurred a "debt" of $45,000, which had to be worked off by servicing up to 900 men, working six days a week. They could earn money for themselves on the seventh day, but their banking cards were locked away so they could not access them alone.

Solicitor-General David Bennett, appearing for the federal Attorney-General, argued that Australia's anti-slavery laws had been intended to cover sexual servitude if the control over the sex worker was so far-reaching that it effectively amounted to a right of ownership. The hearing is over, with judgement reserved to a date to be fixed.

http://www.theage.com.au/news/national/ ... 53675.html

DPP to test laws in sex slavery case

Natalie O'Brien and Elisabeth Wynhausen | May 15, 2008

THE Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) will pay the legal costs of a High Court appeal for a former brothel owner who was jailed for sexual slavery offences but later had her conviction quashed.

In an unusual move, the DPP [Generalstaatsanwalt] has promised the High Court to pay the legal bill, which could reach $25,000, so they can appeal the quashing of Wei Tang's conviction.

They are funding the appeal because it is seen as critical to test the nation's slavery laws and clarify legal issues which have arisen in the prosecution of Ms Tang.

The outcome of the court hearing is likely to determine what will happen in future prosecutions for sex slavery in this country.

Nina Vallins, the joint co-ordinator of the anti-trafficking organisation Project Respect, said it is the most important test of the criminal laws against slavery to come before the courts in Australia.

The Full Court of the High Court in Canberra heard two days of legal argument which revolved around historical and contemporary forms of slavery in Australia.

The case was the first successful prosecution of sex slave traders under federal anti-trafficking laws in the country and culminated in 2006 with Ms Tang sentenced to 10 years in jail.

But in June last year, she successfully appealed her conviction on the grounds that the trial judge had not properly directed the jury. A re-trial was ordered.

Now the DPP is appealing and asking the High Court to rule on the definition of slavery and the degree of intention which must be proved in order to successfully prosecute slavery. Ms Tang has lodged a cross-appeal.

Her lawyers have told the court that Ms Tang has "lost everything" as a result of the charges.

The case began in 2003 when federal police raided the Fitzroy Club 417 in Melbourne and Ms Tang, the then owner, was charged with slavery offences.

After a committal hearing and two trials, the first was a hung jury, Ms Tang was convicted by a County Court jury on 10 counts relating to slavery offences.

Ms Tang was alleged to have forced five Thai women to work without pay to service a "debt" of $45,000 a head. Under their contracts, each woman had to provide sexual services to 900 customers over six days a week for four to six months.

[Hier lassen sich die Monatsumsätze und hohen Verdienstchancen in der Sexarbeit berechnen !!]

Of the $110 charged for each time they had sex with a customer, $67 was paid to the owners, $43 went to the brothel and $50 was deducted from the contract debt.

[Unverständlich. Wer blickt hier durch?]

The women did not earn any cash during the contract period. However, if they worked for a seventh day they could keep the $50 that would have gone to towards reducing the contract debt.

The debt represented the highly inflated cost of their travel and resettlement in Australia.

The women were aware they were coming to Australia to work in the sex industry but had no idea of the conditions.

The first charges under the federal anti-trafficking laws passed in 1995 were laid after a an award-winning investigation by The Weekend Australian from 2003 to 2004.

It led to a series of almost 100 reports revealing the widespread trafficking and sexual exploitation of women in Australia.

The court has reserved its decision.

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Madam or slave owner?

Karen Kissane
May 17, 2008

An appeal before the High Court will decide how Australia defines slavery, giving the legal system a platform to deal with cases of exploitation of migrant sex workers.

IT WAS probably one of the more mixed audiences that Australia's seven High Court judges have had. Up the back sat a quiet Filipino nun in a habit and veil, interested to see what this nation's highest court made of issues surrounding the people she works with in her homeland: women trafficked for sex.

In the front row, taking meticulous notes of the complex proceedings, sat sex-worker representative Elena Jeffreys. Her hair was dyed lime-green and coin-gold; she wore a leopard-print coat and fake-croc platform shoes over blue ankle socks; and her top had purple words running down the sleeves — rentboy, slag, slut, harlot, hooker ...

Welcome to the landmark legal case of the Queen against Wei Tang. This case will decide how Australia legally defines slavery and "possession" of one person by another. It will decide how Australian anti-slavery laws in the 21st century should respond to the nimble evolution of human wickedness into new forms of human exploitation.

Jeffreys, president of the Scarlet Alliance (the Australian Sex Workers Association), says that whatever the outcome, this case will not be the whole answer: "Migrant sex workers deserve labor rights in Australia so that trafficking doesn't occur."

It all began in a brothel in Brunswick Street, Fitzroy, where the licensed owner, a Chinese immigrant named Wei Tang, had five Thai women working for her as prostitutes. They arrived in 2002 and 2003 on visas that were fraudulently obtained and worked for her under conditions that prosecutors would later allege amounted to slavery. The women had all worked in the Thai sex industry and knew they were to work as prostitutes here. Four of the women were "purchased" from Thai recruiters for about $20,000 each (one woman was bought from a "Sydney owner").

Upon arrival in Australia, they had little if any money or English and knew no one. They were told they were "contract girls" who owed a "debt" of between $40,000 and $45,000 that they had to work off (a figure much higher than they had been led to expect). This would involve providing sexual services for no payment for up to 900 men. They were housed in bedrooms in which they slept up to four at a time on mattresses on the floor. Their passports and return tickets were taken from them and locked away and their freedom of movement was restricted. They worked 10-to-12-hour shifts six nights a week just to reduce their "debt", and if they worked a seventh night could keep that money for themselves.

The brothel was raided in May 2003 and Wei Tang was later charged under 1999 federal laws with five counts of possessing a slave and five counts of using a slave. Her lawyer argued that the contracts were not coercive in that they did not involve violence or fraud, and that this was not slavery but debt bondage. At her first trial, the jury could not reach a verdict, but she was convicted and sentenced to a minimum of six years' jail at a second trial in 2006.

That was overturned on appeal, Tang was released on bail and a third trial was ordered. Federal prosecutors appealed against that decision to the High Court and Wei Tang cross-appealed to the High Court asking for an acquittal.

If nothing else, the legal tangle suggests that something was amiss with the wording of the laws. Since then, Federal Parliament has passed additional laws naming as separate offences sex trafficking and causing a person to enter into debt bondage.

This case remains important because the questions being raised — such as whether Tang should have been convicted if she did not knowingly intend to possess slaves — have implications for cases even under the new laws.

The High Court must decide the constitutionality of the slavery laws, how slavery should be defined in the 21st century, and what needs to be proved to win a conviction. It must also decide how the crime of slavery should be interpreted in relation to our international human rights obligations.

"It's the most crucial test of our criminal laws against sexual and all other forms of slavery ever to come before an Australian court," says Nina Vallins, joint co-ordinator of anti-trafficking group Project Respect.

Vallins says 1000 women are trafficked every year into Australia for the purposes of sex work. Scarlet Alliance claims the figure is only 400 and says the women are not "trafficked" but are migrant sex workers. "The money they earn here sets them up for the rest of their lives in their home country," Jeffreys argues.

Vallins defines trafficking as having three ingredients: a person is moved from place A to place B; the person has either been kidnapped, or has agreed to go but been deceived about the circumstances that await them at point B; and the purpose of moving the person is to exploit them.

The UN has estimated that between 750,000 and 4 million women, children and men are trafficked internally and across national borders each year.

This week's case was considered so significant that Solicitor-General David Bennett appeared to speak for the federal Attorney-General, arguing that the slavery laws were supported by the external powers section of the constitution. He said the laws were drafted along the same lines as international anti-slavery treaties to which Australia is party.

Brett Walker, for the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission, also joined the case. He argued that international and Australian lawmakers had intended the definition of slavery to include slavery in all its forms, including sexual servitude and debt bondage.

For the High Court, one of the problems is that the legal definition of slavery is a circular one: a slave is someone over whom another person exercises powers of ownership. Also, there are other relationships, such as employment, in which one person exercises some degree of "ownership" over another.

Justice Michael Kirby said if slavery was not carefully defined, "then lots of harsh employment contracts are going to slip over into slavery and are going to be prosecuted with a potential of 25 years imprisonment on conviction ...

"There are an awful lot of people working in back rooms of restaurants and in the rag trade (whose employers) would be susceptible to ... prosecutions for slavery."

Kirby asked whether it was significant that two of the women stayed on to work in the brothel after their "debts" were paid out: "That rather suggests for them that this was an employment, not slavery."

Wendy Abraham, for the Crown, said, "Your Honour, with respect, a happy slave is a slave nonetheless ... They worked for six months with next to no money."

What Wei Tang intended, and how important her thinking was, are other crucial questions for the court. Her lawyer, Neil Young, QC, argued that the trial judge erred in not telling the jury they must be satisfied that she was aware that by her actions she was treating the women as property.

The Crown argues it is necessary only that she knew about the harsh conditions she imposed on the women, not that she turned her mind to whether this might mean she was enslaving them.

Kirby raised concerns about this, saying the requirement that an offence be intentional "is sort of the golden thread of our criminal law".

Chief Justice Murray Gleeson asked, "Would it suffice if the basis of the respondent's belief as to how she could deal with these people as she did was simple, 'They had been bought and paid for, that is why I can deal with them this way' "?

Justice Kirby asked Young about the disparity between the real costs of importing women — a $2000 air fare and several months' food and accommodation — and the $45,000 "debt".

Young replied: "The other aspect of what I call the arrangement ... was an opportunity to continue to work in Australia ... there was an opportunity being exchanged."

The court has reserved its judgement, which will be closely scrutinised by human rights advocates as well as lawyers, police and prosecutors.

Vallins, whose organisation works with trafficked women, hopes the finding will enshrine the principle "that women shouldn't be enslaved, and that sex workers deserve the same protections as the rest of us".

Jeffreys says it will take more than changes to legal wording to address the problem of migrant sex workers whose human rights are abused.

She wants the Federal Government to offer more women legal visas so they do not have to go through an agent.

She also wants education programs for brothel owners and workers "so people know they don't have to put up with conditions of debt bondage. They introduced a whole lot of new laws but at no time has the Government funded (programs) to tell people what the new laws are.

"Prosecutions are not indicators of success. They are the result of a short-sighted failure to understand the issues."

Karen Kissane is law and justice editor.


Wei Tang granted prostitution service provider's licence to operate a brothel and escort agency business in Fitzroy (Club 417).

JUNE 2002
Paul Pick approved as manager of Club 417 under the Prostitution Control Act.

Five Thai women voluntarily agree to come to Australia to work as prostitutes. Thai recruiters were paid a sum of money, generally $20,000, as a purchase price for each woman. Women are told they must work off a total debt of up to $45,000.

Tang, Pick and an associate, Thai national Donporn Srimonthan, arrested and charged. Srimonthan pleads guilty to three slave-trading offences and is jailed.

MAY 2005
Pick found not guilty of eight counts; the jury is hung in relation to other counts against him and all counts against Tang.

JUNE 2006
Tang is re-tried alone and convicted of five counts of possessing a slave and five counts of exercising over a slave a power attaching to the right of ownership, namely, the power to use. Sentenced to 10 years' jail with a non-parole period of six years.

Victoria's Court of Appeal quashes Tang's convictions and orders another re-trial. Tang is freed on bail. Federal prosecutors appeal to the High Court against the quashing of the convictions. Wei Tang cross-appeals to the High Court. Case began before the full bench this week.


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Sydney brothel welcomes 'World Youth Day sinners'

11/07/2008 2:28:00 PM.

A Sydney brothel is welcoming World Youth Day (WYD) pilgrims, urging potential sinners to commit their sins before the Pope leaves Australia.

Xclusive Gentlemen's Club says it's hiring extra staff during the week-long Catholic event and has already noticed and an increase in patronage.

The brothel is only minutes from many WYD events and Randwick Race Course, the site of the papal mass with Pope Benedict XVI on June 20.

The brothel says it's not targeting pilgrims, but will welcome everyone during WYD.

http://www.livenews.com.au/Articles/200 ... ay_sinners

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Sydney brothel offers Catholics papal visit packages

Jul 11, 2008, 7:55 GMT

Sydney - A Sydney brothel is offering discounts to the 125,000 foreign visitors in Sydney to meet Pope Benedict XVI at next week's World Youth Day (WYD) celebrations, news reports said Friday.

Xclusive Gentlemen's Club, handily located near the racecourse where a mass with the pope will close WYD a week on Sunday, said it was not specifically targeting pilgrims but was keen for their custom all the same.

'We've already seen an increase in business because of the workers and visitors who are here to see the pope,' an Xclusive spokesman told Australia's AAP news agency. 'We had already anticipated the increase in demand and put on extra workers in anticipation.'

Xclusive is offering a 10-per-cent discount to those with accreditation that proves they are official WYD visitors[/b].

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Australia brothel says business booming during Papal visit

Sydney (ANTARA News) - A brothel offering a special discount during Pope Benedict XVI's visit to Sydney said Friday business had more than doubled since the pontiff arrived.

The owner of the upmarket bordello Xclusive said that she had hired extra women to meet increased demand during the July 15-20 World Youth Day events, which have seen hundreds of thousands of pilgrims descend on Sydney.

While the brothel was not targeting pilgrims, a 10 percent discount for people associated with World Youth Day, including the 3,000 to 5,000 media covering the papal visit, had significantly boosted business, she said.

"We put on another five staff and they've all been busy," she told AFP.

"We've had lots of foreign visitors but I can't say specifically whether they are pilgrims or not."

Sex industry insiders say that any time Sydney hosts a major event -- from the 2003 Rugby World Cup to last year's Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit -- it is boomtime for the sex industry.

News that Xclusive was preparing for increased demand during World Youth Day prompted 15,000 hits to the brothel's website in 24 hours earlier this month and increased inquiries from overseas.

The owner said the pope's mid-winter Australian visit, for celebrations designed to rejuvenate the Catholic Church among young people, came at a time when business was traditionally slow. (*)

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wäre zu fragen, warum sich ein Kirchentag in Sidney geschäftsfördernder auswirkt als eine Fußball WM/EM.

liegts an der Jugend der Teilnehmer?
an der geographischen Ferne?
daran daß dort weniger Alkohol getrunken wird?
daran, daß Australien ein weitläufiges Land ist und manche Teilnehmer selten in eine Großstadt kommen?

Was meinst Du Marc?

lg, Hanna
Augen gab uns Gott ein Paar / um zu schauen rein und klar / um zu GLAUBEN was wir lesen / wär ein Aug' genug gewesen (aus HH. zur Teleologie)

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Tasmanien, Australien

Women's group in push for brothels

25/08/2008 12:00:00 AM


In 2005, then Attorney- General Judy Jackson introduced the Sex Industry Offences Bill, which legislated that anyone who was not a sex worker but who managed, owned or was in control of a commercial brothel faced fines of up to $80,000 or eight years' jail.

Patrons [Paysex Kunden, Freier] who knowingly receive sexual services from a brothel could also be fined up to $10,000 or be jailed for a year.

However, the laws do allow sex workers to conduct business individually, or with one other sex worker, from private premises.

The legislation drew widespread criticism from the sex industry, which claimed the laws would send brothels underground and create unsafe conditions for sex workers.

A PROMINENT international women's rights group has called on Health Minister Lara Giddings to decriminalise brothels in the State.


Business and Professional Women Australia's Tasmanian president Mary Dean welcomes national president Marilyn Forsythe to the State chapter's meeting in Campbell Town yesterday. Picture: SCOTT GELSTON

Business and Professional Women (BPW) Australia's national president Marilyn Forsythe said Ms Giddings did not understand that the State's Occupational Health and Safety Act did not preclude women who chose to work in the sex industry.

BPW was founded in the 1920s and lobbies for improved conditions for all working women and aims to highlight women's perspectives on key issues including sex discrimination, pay equality and paid maternity leave.

Ms Forsythe was in Campbell Town yesterday, addressing the group's Tasmanian chapter.

"BPW Australia is appalled to see that sex workers in Tasmania are being discriminated against on the basis of their occupation," Ms Forsythe said.

"I am surprised that Tasmanian does not support equality for all women who work.

"Every person who works should be covered by State legislation and yet if they don't legalise brothels the workers don't have a legal employer, and every legal employer must comply with the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

"She (Ms Giddings) completely missed the point, because she is denying the right of sex workers in Tasmania to be covered by the Act."

Ms Forsythe said when any group of people were forced underground to provide a service, an element of criminal activity was likely to occur.

"If Tasmania wants to really treat all women fairly, they should legalise the sex workers.

"It shouldn't be discriminatory based on occupation."

Her comments reflected a similar sentiment made by the sex industry's lobby group, the www.ScarletAlliance.org.au .

Last week, the alliance called for the State Government to fund better services for sex workers to bring Tasmania into line with other states.

The industry is governed by the Sex Industry Offences Bill 2005, which, under the terms of the Act, is due for review this year.

Yesterday, Attorney-General David Llewellyn said the review, to be conducted later this year, would include an opportunity for interested stakeholders and the public to provide submissions.

Launceston sex worker Linda has worked in the industry since 2006.

"The underground nature of the business forces us to work from our homes rather than in the safer environment of a brothel," Linda said.

"I've known of workers who've been attacked in their own homes by former clients or their own pimps, and there isn't anything they can do about it.

"Some of these workers have children and they're just trying to make money to support them."

Linda said access to basic workers' rights, such as being able to go to work in a safe environment, were something that Tasmanian sex workers "only dreamed about".

But Ms Giddings said a previous Labor Government had sealed the fate of the State's sex workers.

"This really does come down to the fact that when we had the opportunity a couple of years ago with legislation that was being debated through the Parliament, the then-Attorney General Judy Jackson wanted to legalise but heavily regulate the sex industry so that we could provide these forms of protections for the industry," she said.

"Unfortunately the Tasmanian Parliament and large parts of the Tasmanian community said they would not accept that here in Tasmania and we ended up having to make brothels illegal.

"That is part of what happened through that parliamentary process, which is a democratic process and we will have to live with that."

http://northerntasmania.yourguide.com.a ... 52589.aspx

Illegale Arbeitsbedingungen wegen stets unvollständiger Ent-diskriminierung nur eine Folge eines 'faulen Kompromisses'?

Die Menschen als Wähler müssen noch weitergehend aufgeklärt werden über die Realität im Sexbiz und die Nöte der DienstleisterInnen. Das Stigma muß weiter aufgebrochen und abgebaut werden, mit dem die Rechte der SexarbeiterInnen in erster Linie außerparlamentarisch beschnitten werden.



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Oberster Gerichtshof hat entschieden
es war doch Menschenhandel



Wei Tang, die Betreiberin muß nun doch 10 Jahre
wg. Menschenhandel ins Gefängnis

http://www.news.com.au/story/0,23599,24 ... 77,00.html
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/au ... rafficking
http://www.news.com.au/heraldsun/story/ ... 61,00.html
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Illegal brothels in rich suburbs

September 2, 2008

ILLEGAL brothels are moving to the North Shore and the eastern suburbs as customers in the outer suburbs forsake their "weekly nooky" to pay higher petrol, rent and mortgage costs, a lobby group for legal brothels says.

Chris Seage of the Adult Business Association of NSW said councils are often reluctant to investigate illegal brothels because of the time and cost involved in prosecuting them.

"A co-ordinated effort is needed between councils to keep a database of illegal brothel operators and track their presence," he said.

Mr Seage said he knows of six illegal brothels operating in the Waverley and Woollahra areas, two at Willoughby, three at North Sydney and two at Lane Cove.

He said Woollahra Council had taken too long to act against a nude massage parlour in Woollahra and had shown a poor understanding of new laws which made it faster and easier to prosecute illegal operators.

Willoughby Council has issued a closure notice to a brothel in St Leonards and has threatened to cut its water and power.

Harvey Grennan
http://www.smh.com.au/news/national/ill ... 36818.html