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Sex Workers and Ably Diverse People - Christian Vega

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Presenation by Christian Vega at field Disability and Sexuality Forum - Thursday 31 March 2011. …

Presenation by Christian Vega at field Disability and Sexuality Forum - Thursday 31 March 2011.
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  • 1. Sex Workers and Ably Diverse People : A symbiosis towards humanity By Christian Vega
  • 2. Presentation Overview
    • Sex Workers: Who are we?
    • Overview of the Victorian Sex Industry
    • Types of sex work: Pros and Cons
    • Strategies and approaches towards better access
    • Why the human rights of sex workers matter to you
    • Christian’s experience of working with Ably Diverse Clients
    • Question Time and concluding comments
  • 3. The Diversity of Sex Workers
    • Sex Workers:
    • Are of all Genders, Sexes and Sexualities
    • Come from all Racial and Ethnic Backgrounds
    • From all Ages
    • Are Ably diverse
    • Migration Status
    • Socio-Economic classes
    • May be Non-Neuro Typical
  • 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. Overview of the Victorian Sex Industry
    • Victoria’s Sex Industry is regulated by the Sex Work Control Act. There are only 3 recognised legal modes of sex work:
    • Brothels
    • Escort Agencies
    • Private Workers
    • Each mode presents it on set of advantages and disadvantages for Ably Diverse clients
  • 6. Going to a Brothel
    • Pros:
    • Provides a venue for the service to take place
    • Can be the less expensive option
    • Offers a selection of service providers, some more comfortable with working with disabled clients
    • An opportunity for a special outing
    • Cons:
    • Can be more challenging for low mobility clients
    • More demanding on the carer
    • Limited ability to negotiate services that will be provided
    • Time must be taken in bed transfers, undressing, showering, etc.
  • 7. Calling an Escort Agency
    • Pros:
    • Allows client to remain in an environment they are comfortable in and familiar with
    • More opportunity to explain the needs of the client and prepare the worker
    • Time can be saved through preparation
    • Cons:
    • Can be more expensive
    • Must make the venue sex worker accessible
    • Less scope to negotiate services
  • 8. Seeing Private Workers
    • Pros:
    • Competitively priced
    • More ability to build an ongoing, progressive service relationship
    • Greater range of skills and services and a wider scope to negotiate these
    • Greater Privacy
    • Cons:
    • More leg work to find one that would be appropriate
    • What happens when the sex worker retires?
  • 9. Street-based and Other Non-Compliant Sex Work
    • Pros:
    • Most likely to be cheaper
    • Can be a quick, low fuss transaction to organise
    • Is more anonymous
    • Cons:
    • It is illegal
    • There are barriers to protection/contingencies should something go wrong
  • 10. Strategies Towards Better Access
    • Plan, plan, plan: -to the minute of how the booking will go -what to do should something go wrong -the role of the carer
    • Ask heaps of questions and establish clear expectations
    • Give the worker/agent as much information as possible
    • Include sex as part of the person’s lifestyle management plan & Organisational Policy
    • Call a sex worker organisation for a Referral
  • 11. Human Rights
    • Australia has an established Sex Worker Rights movement
    • Sex Workers see the Disability Rights Movement as an equal, allied movement
    • The right to sex work and the right to access sex workers are human rights
    • Both Sex Workers and the Ably Diverse are self-determining, strong individuals who do not necessarily need anyone speaking on their behalf
  • 12. Working with Ably Diverse Clients: Christian’s Experience
  • 13. Question Time
  • 14. Resources
    • Scarlet Alliance www.scarletalliance.org.au
    • Touching Base
    • www.touchingbase.org
    • RhED www.sexworker.org.au
  • 15. To Contact Me
    • [email_address]