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License to fail: Queensland & Victoria's sex work laws

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FREE online forum exposing how licensing has failed sex workers in Victoria & Queensland.

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#DecrimQLD & Vixen Collective are joining forces to bring you the facts & lived experiences of sex workers, explaining how licensing has FAILED in Queensland & Victoria. This online forum peels back the many layers of this failure (economic, health, safety) and the very direct impacts on sex workers.

Licensing frameworks divide the sex industry in two, allowing only the businesses and sex workers that can meet the extreme and unworkable levels of regulation to operate legally, leaving the rest of the industry criminalised and open to targeting by police for fines, charges and susceptible to police corruption.

Licensing is a thin veneer that we intend to scratch away to reveal just how damaging the model is for sex workers.

Victoria introduced licensing laws in 1986 following the Neave Report. Queensland introduced a licensing framework in 1999 following the Fitzgerald Report. In both cases the recommendations of the reports were for decriminalisation of sex work and in Queensland removal of police from the role of regulating the sex industry. However, conservatism and over-regulation won out, leaving sex workers to shoulder the burden of a broken system for decades.

Join us for key note presentations from Vixen Collective in Victoria, DecrimQLD in Queensland, and the national perspective from Scarlet Alliance, Australian Sex Workers Association, followed by a discussion panel.

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