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Media Enquiries
All media enquiries must be directed to Jackie Mcmillan, SWOP Media and Communications Officer.
Phone: (02) 9206 2166
Email: jackiem@swop.org.au

Submission Prostitution Law Reform (Scotland) Bill

SWOP recently made a submission to the Scottish Parliament to support moves being headed by MP Jean Urquhart MSP in conjunction with Scottish Prostitutes Education Project (ScotPep) to gave sex work decriminalised in Scotland find out more

Submission to Committee Inquiry into the Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Bill 2012

ACON calls for the coverage of ‘profession, trade, occupation, or calling’ as a protected attribute. This coverage is necessary to ensure that sex workers are afforded appropriate protection from discrimination. The United Nations, through UNFPA5, has called for anti-discrimination protection of sex workers as part of creating an enabling environment for HIV prevention, treatment and support. find out more

NSW Inquiry into the Exploitation of Women through Trafficking

Recommendations (1) That the decriminalised framework is maintained for the NSW sex industry to maintain an open and accessible industry in order to continue to achieve the public health outcomes evidenced by the successes of this model. (2) That any changes to the trafficking response in NSW have a human rights focus, including the signing and ratification of the United Nations International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their... find out more

Submission to: Woollahra Municipal Council Draft Woollahra Local Environmental Plan 2013

The current situation in Woollahra council is that HOSSP are allowed to operate without the need for consent. This is the ideal situation and we believe this should be the way that Woollahra Municipal Council should operate into the future. While we understand that the Standard Instrument— Principal Local Environmental Plan introduces the category of Home Occupation (Sex Services) there is no requirement to treat them differently to other Home Occupations. We do welcome the differentiation that... find out more

Submission to Draft NSW Hepatitis C Strategy 2014-2019

To strengthen this strategy, SWOP recommends: The strategy list sex workers as a ‘priority population’ Sex workers should be a priority population for free, voluntary uptake of new treatment regimens. SWOP advocates for increased consistency, coverage and availability of free, voluntary vaccinations to all sex workers. SWOP supports strengthening the focus upon peer-education in the strategy due to multiple stigma. find out more

Better Regulation Office Issues Paper Regulation of Brothels in NSW - October 2012

SWOP believes that decriminalisation of sex work has largely served the interests of sex workers and the wider NSW population well, resulting in very low rates of STI prevalence and incidence, high rates of access to health promotion and support services by sex workers, and increased capacity of sex workers, including those from Asian and other non-English speaking backgrounds, to look after their health and welfare. The process of decriminalisation has succeeded in addressing the issue of... find out more

Amnesty NSW Consultation on Draft Sex Work Policy ‐ May 2014

Sex workers, as with all other workers, should be protected from physical and mental harm, and from injury in the course of their occupation. SWOP believes that decriminalisation of sex work has largely served the interests of sex workers and the wider NSW population well, resulting in very low rates of STI prevalence and incidence, high rates of access to health promotion and support services by sex workers, and increased capacity of sex workers, including those from Asian and other non‐... find out more

SWOPs Public Consultation on National Strategies; the Seventh National HIV Strategy 2012 to 2015

SWOP argues that sex workers be recognised not only as a priority population for HIV prevention but also as peer educators who have contributed towards the low prevalence of HIV and STIs within the NSW sex industry. Read SWOP's submission to the Public Consultation on National Strategies. find out more