International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers

Sex work is work. Today in Parliament, Abigail passed a motion urgently calling on the NSW Government to protect the dignity, safety and equality of sex workers.

Abigail moved:

(1) That this House notes that:

  • Sunday 17 December 2023 was the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers, which is held annually for sex workers and allies to honour victims of violence and discrimination, and to demand fierce action from all levels of society to protect the right of all sex workers to live and work in peace, safety and with dignity;
  • sex work is not inherently exploitative, but like any job under capitalism the working conditions and structures determine how exploitative it is;
  • sex workers face incredibly disproportionate rates of violence compared to other professions, which is perpetuated by criminalisation and discrimination, and sex workers who are people of colour, First Nations, LGBTQIA+, migrants or living with disability face amplified intersecting discrimination and violence; and
  • ending violence against sex workers cannot be achieved without fully decriminalising sex work and implementing robust anti-discrimination and anti-vilification protections.

(2) That this House affirms that sex work is work, and every person deserves to be safe, protected and free from discrimination at and outside of their place of work.

(3) That this House calls on the Government to commit to working to end violence against sex workers by taking urgent action to protect the dignity and safety of all people regardless of their profession.


Read the transcript in Hansard.

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