Sex workers assaulted in the ACT
The AIDS Action Council’s Sex Worker Outreach Program (SWOP) has been informed about a group of three males who are assaulting, both sexually and physically, as well as robbing female sex workers in the ACT.
AIDS Action Council Executive Director Philippa Moss said “I want to encourage all sex workers who need information, assistance or support to contact SWOP’s Education Officer Lexxie Jury”.
SWOP is a peer based service supporting sex workers in the ACT. The peer based program is aimed at supporting the rights of sex workers and their communities by focusing promoting sex work as a valid occupation and ending stigma through education, advocacy, and peer support.
Sadly crimes amongst sex workers go under reported because of the stigma and discrimination people feel due to this being engaged in sex work.
In the ACT, sex work is a legal occupation. Sex work covers private (sole operator) work, studios and escort services. All people who work in the sex industry can choose who they accept as clients, as well as the services they wish to provide.
For more information please contact AIDS Action Council Sex Worker Outreach Program on 6257 2855. The SWOP Education Officers are available to provide information, referral, support, advocacy and a range of services to all people engaged in sex work in the ACT.
Date: 22 September 2016
Executive Director, Philippa Moss, AIDS Action Council of the ACT
0418 19 1967