Top Myths About Sex Work in Australia
All sex workers are women and all their clients are men.
No one really chooses to become a sex worker.
Sex work is work. For many it provides a flexible, well paid source of income.³
Sex workers are desperate drug addicted women with no other options for work.
Australian studies show a minority of sex workers have substance abuse issues.⁴
Most sex workers were sexually abused in childhood.
Many people in society have experienced childhood sexual abuse. There is no evidence to suggest that child sexual assault contributes uniquely to the choice to take up sex work.⁵
Exploitation is rife in the sex industry.
Most sex workers are working on the street.
Only about 1% of Victorian sex workers are street-based.⁸
Asian migrant women working in illegal brothels have all been sex trafficked.
Australian Federal Police data shows there have been 21 human trafficking related offences in Victoria’s sex industry over a twelve year period (2005 – 2016). Two of these 21 offences resulted in a conviction.
Last updated: 18 May 2019