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Queensland Sex Workers Still Experience ‘daily And Systemic’ Discrimination

Queensland sex workers still experience ‘daily and systemic’ discrimination

Queensland sex workers still experience “daily and systemic” discrimination and vilification, according to a new survey.

The research found more than 70 percent of sex workers face discrimination and vilification in healthcare, housing and also banking.

Queensland sex workers discrimination

Respect Inc and Decrim Queensland commissioned the survey of more than 200 workers – the biggest of its kind in the state.

The results form part of their submission to the Human Rights Commission’s review of the state’s Anti-Discrimination Act. 

The survey also found an “extremely high” rate of unreported discrimination.

91 percent of workers said they did not report their experiences because they feared facing further stigma.

Previously, a national survey of 650 sex workers found 96 percent reported experiencing discrimination and stigma related to their occupation.

91 percent specifically reported negative treatment by health workers.


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