Monthly Archives: July 2014

“Ignored and mis-represented repeatedly”: Treatment of survivors of sex industry violence and supporters, at the 2014 AI Australia National Annual General Meeting (NAGM)

Abolish Prostitution Now!

July 17, 2014

Letter of complaint regarding the unfair treatment of survivors of sex industry violence

and supporters, at the 2014 AIA National Annual General Meeting (NAGM)

This is a letter of formal complaint to the Amnesty International Australia Board.

We, members of Amnesty International Australia, believe that at the recent NAGM, there were some serious concerns that need to be addressed by Amnesty branches and membership.

Survivors of sex industry violence, who were speaking at the NAGM and presenting resolutions, were:

  • ignored and mis-represented repeatedly,
  • placed in psychologically harmful situations,
  • denied prior information about the situation they would be placed in (despite actively seeking it) and
  • treated differently from other guest speakers who were talking about other human rights violations.

Amnesty International Australia invited Scarlet Alliance to participate in two workshops at the 2014 Human Rights Conference, as well as give a 2-minute presentation at the NAGM. This was…

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– Can one do this? Thoughts on scientific credibility after reading Susanne Dodillet’s book “Är sex arbete?” (Is Sex Work?)

Good resource re prostitution in Sweden and misinformation

By Sven-Axel Månsson (March 12, 2009)


The subject of the book, which is a dissertation on the history of concepts, is a comparison of German and Swedish prostitution policy since the 1970s. The background is that these two countries have chosen different paths. Germany has implemented an active legalization of prostitution. In 2001, Parliament passed a law which has the declared objective of integrating prostitution into society. The Act regulates the prostitutes’ relationship with the law in various fields. Simply put, you could say that it treats prostitution like any other job. Sweden has chosen a different policy. Since 1999, it has decided, among other things, to prohibit the purchase of sexual services in order to curtail the prostitution industry.

In the introduction of her thesis, the author argues that her purpose is not to reject any of these laws, without understanding why these countries’ legislators came to…

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