Who do you work with?:
SWAGGERR works with all sex workers of all genders, orientation and background, including culturally and linguistically diverse; Female, Male, Trans & gender diverse sex workers; street-based sex workers; brothel based sex workers; private sex workers; and people who have sex for favours, or who engage in sex for survival.
How are sex workers involved in your organisation?:
Only sex workers are involved at all levels of organising and facilitating meetings, events, forums, administration, etc who volunteer their time and skills.
Which of NSWP priority areas does your organisation work on?:
Oppose the criminalisation and other legal oppression of sex work and support its recognition as work
Speak out about violence against sex workers, including violence from police, institutions, clients, and intimate partners, while challenging the myth that sex work is inherently gender-based violence
Oppose human rights abuses, including coercive programming, mandatory testing, raids and forced rehabilitation
Challenge stigma and discrimination against sex workers, their families and partners, and others involved in sex work
Advocate for the economic empowerment and social inclusion of sex workers as sex workers
What are the two main challenges that the sex workers you work with face:
1. SWAGGERR is currently fighting for the full decriminilisation of all form of sex work. Currently the provision of commercial sex itself is not illegal in South Australia but there are a raft of laws that prevent sex workers from operating safely and legally. Criminalised and discriminated against under laws that pre-date 1950 which enables law enforcement, courts & government to negate our day to day human rights. 2. The recognition of sex work as real work, with the same entitlements that other working members of the community receive. Australian sex workers are required to pay income tax to the federal government, yet many states continue to simultaneoulsy criminalise sex work. This negates our right to income & health insurance and the recognition of our earnings being of a legitimate source of income by financial institutions. Sex workers face discrimination, stigmatisation & marginalisation due to the lack of recognition of our work.
Describe other areas of your work:
In addition to our focus on social actions regarding the full decriminalisation of all forms of sex work in South Australia, including political protest, lobbying, engagement and collaboration, SWAGGERR works toward the de-stigmatisation of sex work through raising public awareness about sex work from a human rights perspective and sex-as-work framework. This includes engaging at public events and on social media, as well as community development within the sex work community by networking and meta-networking with sex workers and allies; building capacity via regular meetings and participation in social and political actions. Providing peer support through regular social gatherings; promoting health and wellbeing; providing referrals to appropriate peer-based and sex worker friendly services and organisations.