What are your thoughts on women who are working in the sex industry?
Maybe it's something you've never thought about? Perhaps it's something that's too hard to think about?
Park your thoughts for a minute, and place yourself in the shoes of a woman who may work in street-based sex work or a lower end brothel.
If you're working on the street, you have likely experienced financial hardship, a history of trauma, domestic violence or drug dependence, and unstable accommodation or homelessness.
Or if you work in a lower-end brothel, you may have travelled from overseas to find work. Being from a culturally and linguistically diverse background, you have trouble accessing traditional support services due to language barriers or your visa status.
Work on the street means life is often chaotic. If you’re working in a low-end brothel, it's often dark, small and cramped. Both options can be dangerous and one thing is for sure, you can often feel isolated and vulnerable.
Regardless of the circumstances or barriers these women face, the stigma and stereotypes that society has about sex work often leads to the women facing social isolation or discrimination. This can further compound their disadvantage or marginalisation.
Our Women's Spaces are welcoming spaces that operate as a day refuge, with showers, laundry facilities, emergency food and toiletries, as well as lounge spaces and dining.
BaptistCare HopeStreet Women’s Services is about increasing a woman’s sense of belonging, as well as using their professional skill sets to increase their choices and increase their safety, health and wellbeing.
On Tuesday 3 December leading not-for-profit care organisation BaptistCare HopeStreet released the findings from its Women’s Services division’s first research report on Sydney’s sex industry, providing insights into the experiences of culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) women working in the city’s lower-end brothels. Read the report and learn more.