Monday, July 6, 2009

Crimson Coalition Consultation Day

Hi all interested sex workers

The Crimson Coalition consultation day was held last Tuesday and was attended by workers from Sunshine Coast, Brisbane and the Gold Coast!

Nine delegates were nominated to go to Townsville for a 3-day planning event on 19th-21st July which will result in the formation of a new sex workers' organisation - United Sex Workers.

Watch this space for news!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Sex workers consultation day - June 30

Yes, CRIMSON COALITION is having a sex workers’ consultation day!

Brisbane 30th June 2009

The consultation day is to let sex workers know what is going on and get some feedback on what we have planned so far in our work with Queensland Health to develop a new state-wide organisation to replace SQWISI

The new organisation – United Sex Workers – will be managed and staffed by past and present sex workers to deliver education and support on sexual health and other issues relevant to sex workers.

We need a lot of past or present sex workers keen to get involved on a voluntary basis and/or provide feedback.

So a consultation day is being held in Brisbane on 30th June 2009 and we’d like you to come

We especially encourage male, transgender, Chinese and Thai sex workers to attend, as well as all you other working ladies, old and young, wherever you work!

Contact us for an information kit by June 14, 2009
Morning, afternoon tea and lunch provided / some transport costs can be reimbursed
This is a sex workers only event

Phone Candi on 0421569232 or email

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Webcast of Scarlet Alliance public symposium

The Scarlet Alliance Public Symposium has been webcast for the first time!

It was held in Brisbane in November 2008 with the topic being "nothing about us without us: recognising sex worker expertise, leadership and self-determination"

The webcast can be viewed here:

(It went offline for a while but is back!)

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Can private workers in Queensland have a receptionist or a driver?

In a word - NO, not yet.

There have been a few requests for info about this recently because the State Government have decided to go ahead with the Crime and Misconduct Commission recommendations from the REGULATING OUTCALLS review which included a proposal to allow private sex workers to have a receptionist. However, the government haven't changed the law yet and there's no way of telling how it will be changed or when.

So the legal situation for private sex workers in Queensland is still that you have to work alone unless you hire a bodyguard (with a Crowd Controllers' Licence) but this bodyguard cannot place your advertisement or answer your phone or take the money or be your driver.

Whether you can pay a driver to do outcalls is still a grey area.

Some police from the Prostitution Enforcement Task Force (PETF) have said in the past that it is ok to pay a driver (just like you would a cab driver or a chauffeur) but only if the driver gets a fee to drive only and doesn't hold the money or act as a bodyguard.

Crimson Candi

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Sexual Health Awareness Week Feb 14 - 21

Hey Sexy

Wanna get your rocks off but stay safe? Do yourself a favour and see a sex worker!

Did you know that:
  • Sex workers use safer sex techniques with their clients and know all about how to use condoms, dams and lubes to maintain their own sexual health as well as their client's?
  • It's against the law in Queensland for a client to ask a sex worker to provide a sexual service (vaginal sex, anal sex, oral sex) without a condom or dam?
  • There has been no documented case of HIV transmission by a sex worker to a client (or vice versa) in Australia?

Sex workers are safer sexual health workers!

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Contact Crimson Coalition

Phone: Candi 0421569232

PO Box 2470 New Farm Qld 4005

We especially want to hear from sex workers (past and present) who are interested in getting involved in developing a funded sex workers organisation for Queensland to replace SQWISI

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Legal private worker harassed by neighbours

The story below from a local Briz rag on 14th January has been picked up by wider Briz media, including the Courier Mail.

We got a call to make a comment on ABC 612 radio (20th January) where I said that:

* people in Queensland needed to realise that it has always been legal for a private person to do sex work from their own residence or from an apartment/hotel room that they rent for the purpose and that the current laws which protect private sex workers from discrimination have been in place for over 5 years now (Queensland Anti-discrimination Act 1991 - 2003 reprint)

* people, including landlords and neighbours, who try to deny accommodation to or harass private sex workers in any way might well find themselves facing the Anti-discrimination Tribunal.

The Brisbane City Council has urged people to contact them if they have concerns - Crimson Coalition urges sex workers who feel they are being discriminated against to contact us and we will tell you how you can make a complaint to the Anti-Discrimination Tribunal.

Crimson Candi xx

This is not a brothel!
Quest Newspapers
14 Jan 09 @ 06:36am by JOHN SIMPSON
Brothel fury ... Ron Viney

MEN looking for sex are making the lives of residents in a quiet Acacia Ridge street a misery. Homeowners in (STREET NAME REMOVED) are pestered around the clock by callers mistaking their houses for a sex worker’s address. And they appear powerless to stop the legal business conducted in their street. Individual sex workers are deemed sole operators and are permitted under Queensland law to conduct a business from a private premises. Resident Ron Viney said he feared for the safety of his wife and daughter. “On several occasions they’ve had people knocking on the door (asking about sex) (Like they wouldn't just ask for the name of the person that they are expecting to see, would the neighbours get upset if someone came to the wrong door if it was a hairdresser/lawyer/massage therapist next door? - Crimson Candi) A lot of these guys are on drugs. (What?!! the clients are on drugs?? where did that come from - Crimson Candi) That concerns me a lot.” Another resident said: “None of us really like it being here, but what can you do?” Another said: “We know guys come around all the time. We’ve complained about it. The police said it’s legal.” “We get sick of the traffic coming up here. We’ve got kids living in the street so it’s not really appropriate for them to see men coming out doing up their zips. (Excuse me?? They leave the premises doing up their zips? What a crock! Most clients would take a shower and get dressed and leave like a 'normal' person - Crimson Candi) It’s not very nice,” a resident said. The Southern Star asked Queensland Police for responses to several questions, including if it was aware of the business or the complaints made against it. Instead we received this statement: “Whilst any police officer can investigate a complaint from a member of the public relating to prostitution, the QPS Prostitution Enforcement Task Force conducts specialised investigations of this nature.” The Southern Star approached the female occupant of the house in question and she denied she was running a prostitution business. However, a call to a phone number in an “adult services” classified advertisement was answered by a sex worker who confirmed she was based at the address. A Brisbane City Council spokesman said the council had not received any complaints about the business, but said that any residents who had concerns could contact them on 3403 8888.