Sex Workers and Ably Diverse People : A symbiosis towards humanity By Christian Vega
Presentation Overview <ul><li>Sex Workers: Who are we? </li></ul><ul><li>Overview of the Victorian Sex Industry </li></ul>...
The Diversity of Sex Workers <ul><li>Sex Workers: </li></ul><ul><li>Are of all Genders, Sexes and Sexualities </li></ul><u...
The Diversity of Sex Work Private Street Worker Porn Stripping Table-Top Dancing Phone Sex Rub-N Tugs Pro-Fetishishists Ne...
Overview of the Victorian  Sex Industry <ul><li>Victoria’s Sex Industry is regulated by the Sex Work Control Act.  There a...
Going to a Brothel <ul><li>Pros: </li></ul><ul><li>Provides a venue for the service to take place </li></ul><ul><li>Can be...
Calling an Escort Agency <ul><li>Pros: </li></ul><ul><li>Allows client to remain in an environment they are comfortable in...
Seeing Private Workers <ul><li>Pros: </li></ul><ul><li>Competitively priced  </li></ul><ul><li>More ability to build an on...
Street-based and Other Non-Compliant Sex Work <ul><li>Pros: </li></ul><ul><li>Most likely to be cheaper </li></ul><ul><li>...
Strategies Towards Better Access <ul><li>Plan, plan, plan: -to the minute of how the booking will go -what to do should so...
Human Rights <ul><li>Australia has an established Sex Worker Rights movement </li></ul><ul><li>Sex Workers see the Disabil...
Working with Ably Diverse Clients: Christian’s Experience
Question  Time
Resources <ul><li>Scarlet Alliance  www.scarletalliance.org.au   </li></ul><ul><li>Touching Base </li></ul><ul><li>www.tou...
To Contact Me <ul><li>[email_address]   </li></ul>
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Presenation by Christian Vega at field Disability and Sexuality Forum - Thursday 31 March 2011.
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Sex Workers and Ably Diverse People - Christian Vega

  1. 1. Sex Workers and Ably Diverse People : A symbiosis towards humanity By Christian Vega
  2. 2. Presentation Overview <ul><li>Sex Workers: Who are we? </li></ul><ul><li>Overview of the Victorian Sex Industry </li></ul><ul><li>Types of sex work: Pros and Cons </li></ul><ul><li>Strategies and approaches towards better access </li></ul><ul><li>Why the human rights of sex workers matter to you </li></ul><ul><li>Christian’s experience of working with Ably Diverse Clients </li></ul><ul><li>Question Time and concluding comments </li></ul>
  3. 3. The Diversity of Sex Workers <ul><li>Sex Workers: </li></ul><ul><li>Are of all Genders, Sexes and Sexualities </li></ul><ul><li>Come from all Racial and Ethnic Backgrounds </li></ul><ul><li>From all Ages </li></ul><ul><li>Are Ably diverse </li></ul><ul><li>Migration Status </li></ul><ul><li>Socio-Economic classes </li></ul><ul><li>May be Non-Neuro Typical </li></ul>
  4. 4. The Diversity of Sex Work Private Street Worker Porn Stripping Table-Top Dancing Phone Sex Rub-N Tugs Pro-Fetishishists Negotiated Arrangements Online Erotic Massage Sole Operator Brothels Survival Sex BDSM Practitioners Sexual Surrogates Erotic Companions Phone Sex Operators Sexual Aides Brothel Escort Cam2Cam Opportunistic Hustling Tantric Practitioners
  5. 5. Overview of the Victorian Sex Industry <ul><li>Victoria’s Sex Industry is regulated by the Sex Work Control Act. There are only 3 recognised legal modes of sex work: </li></ul><ul><li>Brothels </li></ul><ul><li>Escort Agencies </li></ul><ul><li>Private Workers </li></ul><ul><li>Each mode presents it on set of advantages and disadvantages for Ably Diverse clients </li></ul>
  6. 6. Going to a Brothel <ul><li>Pros: </li></ul><ul><li>Provides a venue for the service to take place </li></ul><ul><li>Can be the less expensive option </li></ul><ul><li>Offers a selection of service providers, some more comfortable with working with disabled clients </li></ul><ul><li>An opportunity for a special outing </li></ul><ul><li>Cons: </li></ul><ul><li>Can be more challenging for low mobility clients </li></ul><ul><li>More demanding on the carer </li></ul><ul><li>Limited ability to negotiate services that will be provided </li></ul><ul><li>Time must be taken in bed transfers, undressing, showering, etc. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Calling an Escort Agency <ul><li>Pros: </li></ul><ul><li>Allows client to remain in an environment they are comfortable in and familiar with </li></ul><ul><li>More opportunity to explain the needs of the client and prepare the worker </li></ul><ul><li>Time can be saved through preparation </li></ul><ul><li>Cons: </li></ul><ul><li>Can be more expensive </li></ul><ul><li>Must make the venue sex worker accessible </li></ul><ul><li>Less scope to negotiate services </li></ul>
  8. 8. Seeing Private Workers <ul><li>Pros: </li></ul><ul><li>Competitively priced </li></ul><ul><li>More ability to build an ongoing, progressive service relationship </li></ul><ul><li>Greater range of skills and services and a wider scope to negotiate these </li></ul><ul><li>Greater Privacy </li></ul><ul><li>Cons: </li></ul><ul><li>More leg work to find one that would be appropriate </li></ul><ul><li>What happens when the sex worker retires? </li></ul>
  9. 9. Street-based and Other Non-Compliant Sex Work <ul><li>Pros: </li></ul><ul><li>Most likely to be cheaper </li></ul><ul><li>Can be a quick, low fuss transaction to organise </li></ul><ul><li>Is more anonymous </li></ul><ul><li>Cons: </li></ul><ul><li>It is illegal </li></ul><ul><li>There are barriers to protection/contingencies should something go wrong </li></ul>
  10. 10. Strategies Towards Better Access <ul><li>Plan, plan, plan: -to the minute of how the booking will go -what to do should something go wrong -the role of the carer </li></ul><ul><li>Ask heaps of questions and establish clear expectations </li></ul><ul><li>Give the worker/agent as much information as possible </li></ul><ul><li>Include sex as part of the person’s lifestyle management plan & Organisational Policy </li></ul><ul><li>Call a sex worker organisation for a Referral </li></ul>
  11. 11. Human Rights <ul><li>Australia has an established Sex Worker Rights movement </li></ul><ul><li>Sex Workers see the Disability Rights Movement as an equal, allied movement </li></ul><ul><li>The right to sex work and the right to access sex workers are human rights </li></ul><ul><li>Both Sex Workers and the Ably Diverse are self-determining, strong individuals who do not necessarily need anyone speaking on their behalf </li></ul>
  12. 12. Working with Ably Diverse Clients: Christian’s Experience
  13. 13. Question Time
  14. 14. Resources <ul><li>Scarlet Alliance www.scarletalliance.org.au </li></ul><ul><li>Touching Base </li></ul><ul><li>www.touchingbase.org </li></ul><ul><li>RhED www.sexworker.org.au </li></ul>
  15. 15. To Contact Me <ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>

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