Tuesday, December 23, 2008
How about being proud that Queensland sex workers are so highly skilled?
The Press Christchurch
Police are now focusing on the last client to pick up slain prostitute Mellory Manning on the night she disappeared and want to speak to a young male seen near where her body was dumped in the Avon.
Please read from Monday's news paper
Let's just hope the Thai workers manage to make some money before they get sent home now that the trial is over!
The Herald Sun 23/12/08
A GOLD Coast hairdresser who forced two Thai women into sexual slavery to pay off debts to violent loan sharks has been jailed for five years.Keith William Dobie, 48, was the first person in Australia charged with people trafficking under new laws brought in two years ago to clamp down on international sex slavery, the Courier Mail reports. The former hairdresser yesterday pleaded guilty in the Brisbane District Court to two counts of people trafficking, one count of handling proceeds of crime, and four counts of presenting false documents. Dobie lured the women to Australia to work as prostitutes with promises of easy money and generous working conditions, but turned into an abusive and demanding pimp after they arrived, the court was told. Prosecutor Peter Flanagan, SC, said Dobie secured visas for the women by presenting false immigration documents to Australian officials in Thailand. He said Dobie was desperate to pay back money he had borrowed from Gold Coast loan sharks to finance his hairdressing salon and gambling addiction. The women were both mothers and saw the trip as an opportunity to set up their families financially, Mr Flanagan said. But on arriving on the Gold Coast, the women were forced to see as many as five clients a day, even when they were in physical pain from frequent sex and were menstruating. Mr Flanagan said Dobie earned up to $1000-a-day from the women, giving them the use of a room and $20 dollars a day for food and expenses in return. He sent as little as $600 in total to each of the womens' families. Mr Flanagan said Dobie was verbally and physically abusive, telling one of the women she "had to work whether she liked it or not", and told them they would be arrested by immigration officials if they tried to escape. Judge Leanne Clare told Dobie his treatment of the women had been "particularly demeaning and callous". "Your true intention was to make as much money from these women by working them as often as possible so you could pay off your own debts," she said. "In your numerous appearances before me I have seen no indication of remorse for your crimes or the suffering they have caused." She sentenced him to five years. He will be eligible for parole after serving 22 months.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Until such time we have funding for an Ugly Mug List, you can email details of Ugly Mugs to email@example.com
INCIDENT DETAILS: The worker who was attacked reported that the attack occurred on31/07/08, when he put his hands around her throat and attempted to strangle her during sex.
She's a sole operator in the Brisbane CBD, and her attacker called himself Nathan, appeared to be of Indian descent, but spoke with aScottish accent. The last 5 digits of his phone number are 89568. He was medium height, good-looking, and appeared to be in his late 20s. He had a green/blue heart-shaped tattoo on his right upper arm.
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Its time to get busy and get involved.Crimson Coalition* is a group of Queensland sex workers and former sex workers who work together to:
· uphold basic rights of sex workers
· have input into Queensland sex industry law reform, health and safety services, industrial relations and community attitudes
· keep each other informed about what is going on in the Queensland sex industry
· find out about legalities of working in different venues: e.g. brothels, private, street, escort etc.· enjoy a safe network of sex industry professionals where you are free to express yourself without fear of judgement and stigma.
· attend peer networked social outings and have some fun!
REMEMBER Crimson Coalition is currently a voluntary network with no funding so everything we do is achieved through the intelligence, passion and willpower of sex workers and support from our members!
* Formerly called SSPAN (Sexual Service Providers’ Advocacy Network
Originally posted April 7, 2008
There was considerable optimism about the probability that a new independant sex worker organisation would be funded to replace SQWISI.
Watch this space for news....
Sunday, June 1, 2008
Monday, May 19, 2008
As more and more directory sites pop up online, we decided it would be worthwhile to compile a database of online directories and notes on each.
QLD Sole Operators will no doubt find this helpful.
No database like this has been compiled before and Crimson Coalition would like to assist sole operators find clarity in the murkiness of the online ad market.
Online classifieds such as http://www.cracker.com.au/, http://www.classifieds.news.com.au/, http://www.yellowpagesonline.com.au/ have not been reviewed here. I have focused on escort service specific directories.
- Australian Babe - http://www.australian-babe.com/ .This site is well established online. Its scope is Australia wide in both appeal and audience. Private escorts from all States and Territories advertise here. The pressence of QLD sole operators is rather large making the site a popular choice amongst QLD workers. The forum is busy with a constant banter and chatter of clients, service providers and 'hobbyists'. The advertising rates are $175 per month. The site is owned by Nikki, a former worker herself. The service provider pictures are verified by Nikki.
- Aussie Escorts - http://www.aussieescorts.com.au/ - The site claims to attract 1500 vistors a day. The site appears most popular with Victorian and NSW Escorts as they make up the majority of the advertisers. No service providers appear on the the QLD, S.A. or N.T pages. The ad rates are $125 per month upwards.
- Gold Coast Escorts - Brisbane Escorts .... http://www.goldcoast-escorts-australia.com/ - Gold Coast Escort ....http://www.goldcoastescorts.com.au/ . These two directory sites are QLD specific. The site's owner, Shirl, is a Gold Coast local who maintains a close bond with advertisers on her site. Many go on tour and list several cities above their picture. The site also provides a local directory for Strippers, Brothels and Adult Shops thereby attracting more 'accidental surfers' The cost to advertise is $155 per month
- Escorts of Australia - http://www.escorts-of-australia.com.au/ - Has listings Australia wide. The pressence of QLD escorts is dismal compared to the amount of Sydney escorts and escort agencies that have advertised here. The cost is $150 per month upwards. Advertisers are escorts, agencies, brothels and photographers. Rachel and Alexa have 20 years industry experience. Note: site being updated at time of assessment
- Sensual Downunder - http://www.sensualdownunder.com/ - Has listings of private workers and Sydney brothels. The escorts that appear on the site tour regularly and few are from QLD. The majority however are Sydney service providers. The forum is host to 11,000 members. Escort Blogs also feature on the site giving punters a voyeristic insight into the mind of an Escort. Listings appear for all major capital cities and there is an international link. This is one of the larger sites appealing to a wider audience and not necessarily the paying type or the QLD state specific type. Not many QLD service providers appear on the site. The advertising fee is $120 however there is a "free listing" option with cross promotion being the condition.
- Fun In Australia - http://www.funinaustralia.com/ - This site boasts the busiest forum in Australia. At 3:51am Tuesday, there were 133 active members online. There are over 24,000 registered members. The Escort directory is ancillary to the main hub of the site being the chatrooms. Accountability is evident looking at the site. An advertiser is informed of how many visits their listing has attracted and is able to make better marketing decisions. On the downside, there is no listed set price for advertising, rather packages are tailored to suit. Many suggestions are submitted yet suitability is determined on a case by case basis. Can anyone give a rough idea of price? Qld escorts are eclipsed by NSW and VIC service providers. Many of the service providers tour regularly to Qld.
- Adult Sydney - http://www.adultsydney.com.au/ - this is more an adult online community than a directory site. Allowance is made for escorts to list their ads and this is for free. As the site's name indicates, Sydney is the dominant feature.
- Working Girls Online - http://www.workinggirlsonline.com/ - this site aims at the international community. The good news is that it is free to place an ad... the site requests that you refer others and / or mention them on your site. Not many QLD sole operators appear on the site yet the service is fairly new and its early days.
- Private Girls Australia - http://www.privategirls.com.au/ - This is a new site that caters to audience Australia wide. The site is still in its early stages. The site's developer has experience in the sex industry. The site is aimed at supporting private workers as well as directing punters that wish to use private workers to a site that exclusivley hosts them. There are plenty of QLD escorts that appear here as well as escorts from other states. The advertising costs have not been disclosed.
- Adultfinder - http://www.adultfinder.com.au/ - in order for punters to navigate this site, they must register and pay a nominal fee. This is a drawback, however, the cost to list your ad is free. The site is aimed at an Australia wide audience and the state of QLD is well represented.
- Escort Source - http://www.escortsource.com.au/ - aims to provide escort services Australia wide. The site features a handful of NSW sole operators. The advertising prices are provided upon email request
- Escort Pages - http://www.escortpages.com.au/ - claims to be the leading escort directory in Australia. Private Escorts and Agencies can list. 200 plus listings so far and 3000 hits a day according to site published statistics. QLD is well represented in its numbers. The pricing is disclosed upon request to be made by email request.
- Escorts In Oz - http://www.escortsinoz.com.au/ - This is a new site. The scope is Australia wide. Free advertising. Ad information to be sent via email
- Hot Escorts - http://www.hotescorts.com.au/ - established online in 2006, it serves as a directory for private escorts, escort agencies and brothels Australia wide 'offering exposure nationally and internationally' (note: just how much exposure is unknown). It seems that this directory is best suited to operators with their own site. Some may find value in having it just as a listing as its free to advertise on Hot Escorts (provided that a link to them (or a referral) is placed on your site.)
- After Dark Australia - http://www.afterdarkaustralia.com/ - This new site is popular with QLD service providers. Monthly advertising fee of $165.00. The site is open to sole operators, brothels, nude models, strippers and a ' buy my underwear' link...hmmm? NOTE: THE SITE HAS BEEN TAKEN DOWN
- Australian Courtesans - http://www.australiancourtesans.com/ - This is a new site. The scope is Australia wide. Free advertising. Online form fulfills ad requirements.
- Australian Escorts - http://www.australian-escorts.com.au/ has very little QLD advertisers. The magority of ads are NSW service providers. The site hosts a large forum member list. It also gives updated news on members. It has an extensive LINK network (see below). To advertise an email is to be sent to Diane, who will then advise of costs - we were quoted $250 per month.
- Escorts Brisbane and Queensland Escorts - http://www.escortsbrisbane.com/ AND http://www.queenslandescorts.com/ are part of the AUSTRALIAN ESCORTS NETWORK
PLEASE NOTE: I have not reviewed "Big Black Book" or "Escort Looker" because quite frankly, I dont know how to. They are reading like agencies or'bait' for other businesses / services. can anyone assist?
If you are able to provide a review, please email.
Have I missed any?
Thursday, April 3, 2008
The Health Dept had contracted two consultants, Julie Bates and Rigmor Berg, to do an needs Assessment of Sex Workers in QLD. They gathered input from sex workers around QLD and are reporting back to QLD Health.
Just wondering whether anyone here met up with them and provided their input?
The report to QLD Health is concerned with the HIV/AIDS, Hep C and sexual health education as well as other needs of Sex Workers.
If you didn't meet with the consultants but wish you had, or if this is the first you have heard about this, you can rest easy knowing you have another chance to voice your opinion.
Crimson Coalition would like to hear from you.
What have you done since the closure of SQWISI? How did you feel about it closing? What are your thoughts / suggestions regarding the needs of sex workers from a Government funded sex worker service? What have you done in fulfillment of these needs for yourself and / or your peers? What challenges have you faced and what suggestions can be made?
Your critical opinions are valued greatly.
Scarlet Alliance is making a formal and public submission to Qld Health documenting efforts made by individual sex workers and sex worker organizations since closure of SQWISI.
Crimson Coalition will be making a submission of its own as well as providing Scarlet Alliance with feedback for theirs.
Please contact Crimson Coalition via email firstname.lastname@example.org to provide your input.
Thank you :)
Saturday, March 22, 2008
Over three months has passed since our Christmas gifts.
For the record, the gift packs contained condoms, lube, candy cane, christmas card, sex worker issues relevance survey, organisation brochure with membership form and a handbeaded bracelet - each in a handpainted fabric drawstring bag.
OUR INTENTIONS WITH THE CHRISTMAS GIFT PACKS :-
The Crimson Coalition Christmas Gift packs were handed out to fellow Queensland sex workers, our peers, in a gesture of good faith, happy holiday wishes and our upmost support, effort and sincerty in 'giving' to our peers.. The candy cane, Christmas card, handpainted fabric drawstring bag and hand beaded bracelet that accompanied the standard 'prophylactic handout' would have no doubt made this apparent.
The gift packs were also hope of 'spreading the word' of Crimson Coalition and informing fellow sex workers and business managers throughout the industry of our pressence, aims and objectives -this was mainfested by the inclusion of an information brochure about Crimson Coalition with an invitation to become involved with Crimson Coalition through our peer and affilate membership.
We also hoped to gain input from sex workers in Queensland of matters they regard as being important to them so that we may obtain an overall summation of the key issues and needs of sex workers in Queensland and pass this information on to the relevant persons nominated by Queensland Health to obtain such feedback. A survey requesting such input was included in each pack.
100 packs were distributed.
The majority of the packs were distributed to legal brothels in Queensland. A small percentage of the packs were given to sole operators and illegal sex workers. With each brothel that we delivered our packs to, we also included a bottle of wine with the Crimson Coalition label as a token of our appreciation and best holiday wishes to the management of the establishment.
It was Christmas and we were in the 'Christmas spirit' of giving - with a cause.
Does it seem a little bit odd that over three months has passed and we have not received ONE SURVEY OR MEMBERSHIP FORM OR EMAIL from a brothel sex worker?
If any gift recipients are reading this and can shed some light on the subject please do so as its quite disturbing and somewhat a concern to Crimson Coalition ; do brothel workers not wish to identify themselves with the other sectors of the industry? Or were they 'influenced' or swayed or even cautioned by the Premises not to associate themselves with Crimson Coalition?
We had expected at least ONE survey returned or at the very least an email from at least ONE worker saying 'THANK YOU' or making further enquiries about Crimson Coalition itself or the Relevance Survey. Were the bags and the bracelets discarded too?
Its the output / input disproportion that saddens me the most. Especially the workers and friends who took time out of their busy schedules to paint bags, bead bracelets and visit the venues bearing gifts as they have little to no reason to put in that much effort again!
A cloud of mystery now circles Qld Brothel Workers - where are their minds at and how do they define themselves? Any input is better than none, so please know that the opinion polls are open - hell, even a speculative hypothesis is better than the silence.
Perhaps its time CrimsonCat works in a few brothels?