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Sex Workers Health Education

RhED: Health Education and Support for the Sex Industry

Do any of the sentences below describe you?

  • Are you  female, male or trans*/gender queer/gender variant
  • Are you working in the sex industry in Victoria? You may be working on the street, in a brothel, escort agency or privately.
  • Are you considering working in or are new to the industry?
  • Do you want a sexual health check?
  • Have you been charged with a non-violent crime e.g. soliciting or loitering?
  • Are you a young woman sleeping rough, couch surfing at your friend’s place or homeless and/or exchanging sex for a place to stay or something else?
  • Are you interested in other work options outside the sex industry?
  • Do you own or manage a brothel or escort agency?
  • Are you a client of a sex worker and wanting more information about the industry?

If so, we can support.

How do we provide support for sex workers?

We provide high quality, confidential and professional health education, resources and support to anyone working in the sex industry across Melbourne and in rural Victoria. This includes workers, clients, managers and brothel owners, families and significant others of sex workers.

We operate from a harm minimisation approach, which means we focus on providing you with practical and accurate information about relevant topics e.g. safer sex practices. We also believe that your health is not only about your physical health but also your emotional and social wellbeing.

We are committed to reflecting the diversity of the sex work community.

What sex work is legal or illegal?

NB: Sex work is when you exchange sexual services for money or goods.

Do you know what sex work is legal or illegal in Victoria?

Sex work is a legal job in Victoria – BUT:

  • you must be over 18 years old
  • private workers need to have a Sex Work Act (SWA) number.  Go to www.sexworker.com.au for more information
  • the choice to do sex work must be yours. It is against the law for anyone to force or bully you into sex work.

Providing sex work on the street is illegal (criminalised).

What services do we provide?

We provide the following:

  • Free confidential telephone, drop-in, ‘net reach’ and outreach (we come to you) services
  • Referral to other services and we can support you or advocate on your behalf
  • Sexual health screening. Find out more here
  • Health information and education about sexually transmissible infections, HIV and blood borne viruses to individuals and groups within the community
  • Free needles and syringes, condoms and lube. Find out more here
  • Occupational health and safety education and support
  • Information about government regulations and laws
  • Ugly Mugs Reports (reports on potential clients to beware of) which are distributed to street, brothel and escort workers and local organisations
  • RED – sex industry magazine (twice yearly magazine published April and October)
  • Interpreter services and translated educational materials (Chinese, Korean, Thai and more)
  • Secondary consults and community education to agencies, health services, tertiary education and interested parties

 

Who can use the service?

  • People working in the sex industry (street, brothel and escort and private workers) across Melbourne and Victoria
  • Brothel owners, managers and other workers
  • Clients of the sex industry
  • Staff from other organisations
  • Family, significant others and friends

Where is the service offered?

We work from offices at 10 Inkerman Street, St Kilda.

We also offer an outreach service, so we can meet you at a suitable location.

When is the service available?

The service is available at the following times:

  • Appointment based services are offered from Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.
  • Drop in Tuesday-Friday 1pm-5pm.
  • Drop in advice and support is offered to street sex workers only on Friday nights from 5pm to 10.30pm at 10 Inkerman Street, St Kilda.

How much does the service cost?

The service is free.

Further information

To learn more please telephone a RhED (Resourcing Health and Education in the Sex Industry) worker on 9534 8166 or free call 1800 458 752. If a worker is not available please leave a message and we will call you back as soon as possible.

You can also get information from the RhED website and Facebook page.

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