The RhED Voice Vol 2/2013
RhED E-newsletter
Resourcing health and Education in the Victorian Sex Industry
Promoting advocacy and education about the Sex Industry
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Migrant and Multicultural
Sex Worker Report 2012

RhED, a program of Inner South Community Health Service (ISCHS) is pleased to release the Migrant and Multicultural Sex Worker report.
This needs analysis, conducted in 2012, identifies the key health and wellbeing needs of multicultural sex workers in Victoria.
The findings will be of interest to a wide range of stakeholders, including:

• Sex workers
• Health and community agencies
• Multicultural services
• Women’s health agencies
• Peak bodies
• Research institutes
• Government
• Sex work organisations
• Sexual health agencies

In the coming months, ISCHS will be hosting a series of events, with the aim of:
  • Enhancing understanding of the needs of migrant and multicultural sex workers in Victoria,
  • Sharing and testing our findings,
  • Supporting informed, evidence based debate,
  • Facilitating collaboration across and within sectors to better meet the identified needs,
  • Fostering debate around appropriate, relevant future developments in Victoria
Details of opportunities to participate will be released shortly.
Email for more information.

RED magazine #23 is out – contact RhED 1800 458 752
or email for your copy
Sue White in the House of Representatives
ISCHS General Manager, Sue White spoke at the Inquiry Into Slavery, Slavery-like Conditions and People Trafficking. The Migrant and Multicultural report was submitted to the Inquiry.
Link to transcript:
  • City of Port Phillip (CoPP) have granted the RhED program a $10,000 one off grant for Flexible Care Funds to fund emergency items for street based sex workers.
  • In addition, CoPP have also provided RhED with a $1,000 one off grant to develop and print 100 wallet sized cards for street based sex workers to report Ugly Mug incidents.
  • ISCHS has received renewed funding from the Department of Health to continue the Hustling to Health, Arrest Referral Program and MhOS late night outreach (11.30 – 1.30am) programs (1 July 2013 – 30 June 2015).
  • RhED receiving additional funding from CAV to continue the Pathways to Exit program for 2013 – 2014.
  • RhED is working in partnership with the Gatehouse and Burnet Institute on a research project to identify the after hours needs of street sex workers in the St Kilda area.  The research is funded by CoPP.
For more information about any projects contact Lee at RhED
RhED in the Media
May 2013

General Manager, Sue White spoke to Tony Eastley, National Radio about migrant sex workers being disadvantaged by trafficking crack downs in the sex industry. Sue spoke about the stigma and discrimination that may lead to migrant sex workers being afraid to access services. She said the full involvement and trust of sex workers themselves is needed in influencing trafficking policy.
June 2013
General Manager, Sue White spoke to Jon Faine, ABC Radio about the recent announcement of continuation of funding for the Pathways To Exit program.

  • Spectrum Migrant Resource Centre, Disability Support Team – presentation on Sex and Disability
  • Family Planning Victoria – presentation to the Comprehensive Sexual Reproductive Health Course
  • Wombat Housing Support Services – RhED and sex industry overview
  • International Health Education and Learning, Nossal Institute for Global Health, University of Melbourne – presentation HIV, Sex work and vulnerability
  • Peninsula Youth Services, Berry Street, YSAS and Springboard - RhED and the sex industry
If you would like a presentation please contact RhED.
RhED facilitated two professional development workshops for sex workers  Both events were well attended with much interest from outside the sex industry.
BDSM - Bondage, Discipline, Sado Masochism Workshop
Disability Workshop
I am a dominatrix
Australian Women's Weekly - sex work in mainstream. When Sex is your day job – five sex workers talk to Caroline Overington
I tell them I’m a hooker
Sex worker help scheme at risk – Blackpool UK
I hired a sex worker for my 93 year old father
Debunking the myths of sex work
I am a male sex worker

With the rest of the community, we are horrified at the rape and murder of Jill Meagher and send our best wishes to her husband, family and friends.
The recent trial of Adrian Bayley, who pleaded guilty to these offences, has highlighted the serious nature of sexual and physical violence against people who work in the sex industry. We applaud Tom Meagher’s recent comments on ABC 7.30, questioning the previous sentencing outcomes for Bayley, who had been found guilty of sexual assaults perpetrated against female sex workers.

RhED works with sex workers who have been assaulted during the course of their work. Many workers choose not to report to the police due to fears of stigma and discrimination by police, the criminal justice system and broader society.  Sex workers may also believe that if they do report, the trauma experienced during an investigation and trial far outweighs the likelihood of a positive outcome.
All sexual assaults are a violation of human rights and serious indictable offences. Such crimes demand a strong response from the criminal justice system, regardless of the identity and work of victim/survivors.
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