Boys Are Hookers Too: The importance of working with male sex workers in Australia By Christian Vega
Presentation Overview: Sex Work Throughout Australia The Differences between Male Sex Work (MSW) and other forms The Diffe...
The Diversity of Sex Work Public Hustling Tantra Migrant work Street Escort Courtesan Companion BDSM Surrogacy  Porn Broth...
Australian sex work laws Prohibition Licensing Decriminalisation
Male Vs Female Sex Work <ul><li>Available settings of work </li></ul><ul><li>Level of independence and isolation </li></ul...
Male Vs Female Sex Work: Brothels Number of Female Brothels: 86 Number of Male Brothels: 2
Male Vs Female Sex Work: Street Sex Work
Male Vs Female Sex Work: Private Escort
Male Sex Workers Vs Gay Men <ul><li>Sexualities </li></ul><ul><li>Sexual Practices and Conceptualisation </li></ul><ul><li...
Service Delivery for MSW <ul><li>Male sex worker peers on staff </li></ul><ul><li>Outreach and Netreach to Male sex worker...
Scarlet  Alliance Scarlet  Alliance SIN Respect SWOP NSW SWOPNT SWOP WA Magenta SWOP ACT RhED Funded Sex Worker Organisati...
Benefits of working with MSW <ul><li>Development of new service delivery that is responsive to dynamic social determinants...
Recommendations  <ul><li>Male sex workers need their own space in service delivery </li></ul><ul><li>Reinforcing Peer educ...
 
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This presentation was given by Christian Vega, Scarlet Alliance, at the AFAO HIV Educators Conference, May 2010.

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  • When services, researchers, policy makers say that sex work is diverse they might refer to our range of ages, our gender diversity, our health status. When sex workers reflect on our diversity we see a range of skills, work opportunities, new things and people to learn and do.
  • Available settings of work Level of independence and isolation Power dynamics between worker and client Identity politics Accessibility of clients STI &amp; HIV Epidemiology Community, Economic and Sexual norms Sexual Practices Enforcement and regulatory awareness
  • Working conditions
  • identity
  • Despite the proportions of sex workers that are recorded by surveys and service stats, there is an over-representation of MSWs as Private workers, according to the private workers register as recorded by the business licensing authority- we are also aware the there is a significant proportion of privet MSWs who have not registered.
  • Sexualities: Sex workers may not identify as gay Sexual Practices and Conceptualisation: “work sex” vs “personal sex”. The necessity of professionalisation. Stigma and Discrimination : two closets Health and Safety Standards and practice: eg: condoms for oral Law enforcement/Regulation: sex workers are more criminalised that gay men Accessibility of services: Anti-discrimination may protect gay men but it does not sex workers Accessibility of protective/emergency responses:
  • Red: Funded sex worker organisations Blue: Organisation where sex workers/staff have identified a male sex worker peer educator Under reourcing. 1 person program/ sometimes partime
  • Development of new service delivery that is responsive to dynamic social determinants: eg is netreach. Currently, I do 4 different types of outreach across different websites. Contributing to inclusive community development amongst a highly diverse population- Creates unique opportunities to improve service reach: Other MSWs, MSM (there is a significant proportion of the sex industry that has contact with married men as clients- even for MSWs) Reinforces fundamental advocacy for social justice an human rights- brings advocacy back down to grass roots levels- the battles for equal rights and recognition of legitimacy are still very much alive for sex workers.
  • It&apos;s negligent to assume that male sex workers will be picked up by either a gay men&apos;s service or a (female-staffed) sex worker organisation. Male sex workers need their own specific space in service delivery, resourcing Reinforcing peer education as best practice To support best practice, greater participation in service delivery of male sex workers need to be prioritised (as staff, participating service users, community consultants and so on) Understanding and Support must come from leadership (both management and governance) Greater prioritisation of supporting sole male workers and prioritisation of engaging with hard to reach populations. 
  • Boys Are Hookers Too: The importance of working with male sex workers in Australia

    1. 2. Boys Are Hookers Too: The importance of working with male sex workers in Australia By Christian Vega
    2. 3. Presentation Overview: Sex Work Throughout Australia The Differences between Male Sex Work (MSW) and other forms The Differences between Male Sex Workers and Gay Men Adapting Service delivery to effectively respond to Male Sex Workers Learnings and Recommendations
    3. 4. The Diversity of Sex Work Public Hustling Tantra Migrant work Street Escort Courtesan Companion BDSM Surrogacy Porn Brothel Internet Massage Sex Therapy Private Stripping Phone Sex Cam 2 Cam
    4. 5. Australian sex work laws Prohibition Licensing Decriminalisation
    5. 6. Male Vs Female Sex Work <ul><li>Available settings of work </li></ul><ul><li>Level of independence and isolation </li></ul><ul><li>Identity politics </li></ul><ul><li>Accessibility of clients </li></ul><ul><li>STI & HIV Epidemiology </li></ul><ul><li>Community, Economic and Sexual norms </li></ul><ul><li>Sexual Practices </li></ul><ul><li>Enforcement and regulatory impact </li></ul>
    6. 7. Male Vs Female Sex Work: Brothels Number of Female Brothels: 86 Number of Male Brothels: 2
    7. 8. Male Vs Female Sex Work: Street Sex Work
    8. 9. Male Vs Female Sex Work: Private Escort
    9. 10. Male Sex Workers Vs Gay Men <ul><li>Sexualities </li></ul><ul><li>Sexual Practices and Conceptualisation </li></ul><ul><li>Stigma and Discrimination </li></ul><ul><li>Health and Safety Standards and Practice </li></ul><ul><li>Law enforcement/Regulation </li></ul><ul><li>Accessibility of services </li></ul><ul><li>Accessibility of protective/emergency responses </li></ul>
    10. 11. Service Delivery for MSW <ul><li>Male sex worker peers on staff </li></ul><ul><li>Outreach and Netreach to Male sex workers </li></ul><ul><li>Male sex work training/workshops </li></ul><ul><li>Male sex work resources and supplies </li></ul><ul><li>Male sex work networking </li></ul><ul><li>Advocacy </li></ul><ul><li>Counselling and Debriefing </li></ul><ul><li>Case management </li></ul><ul><li>Capacity Building other staff </li></ul>
    11. 12. Scarlet Alliance Scarlet Alliance SIN Respect SWOP NSW SWOPNT SWOP WA Magenta SWOP ACT RhED Funded Sex Worker Organisations in Australia SATP SIN Respect RhED
    12. 13. Benefits of working with MSW <ul><li>Development of new service delivery that is responsive to dynamic social determinants </li></ul><ul><li>Contributing to inclusive community development amongst a highly diverse population </li></ul><ul><li>Creates unique opportunities to improve service reach: Other MSWs, MSM </li></ul><ul><li>Reinforces fundamental advocacy for social justice an human rights </li></ul>
    13. 14. Recommendations <ul><li>Male sex workers need their own space in service delivery </li></ul><ul><li>Reinforcing Peer education is best practice </li></ul><ul><li>Greater participation in service delivery of male sex workers </li></ul><ul><li>Understanding and Support must come from leadership </li></ul><ul><li>Greater Support of sole male workers </li></ul>

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