Asian women in "lower-end brothels" in Sydney work in secret due to fears of the stigma of sex work, a new survey has found, leaving researchers concerned they are not reporting violence or assault. A strong majority of respondents — 80 per cent — come from Chinese-speaking countries and more than half have experienced domestic violence in the past, with some still seeking basic financial stability after fleeing abusive relationships. It also revealed three in four sex workers believed "Australian society has an ingrained view of the [sex] industry". Only 5 per cent would be comfortable to disclose their occupation to family or friends, despite the fact that sex work has been legal in NSW for decades. Only 2 per cent believed their family would support them.
Asian sex workers in Sydney brothels hide their job from friends and family, survey finds
Yang Song and the Long History of Targeting Asian American Sex Workers | Hyphen Magazine
The legality of prostitution in Asia varies by country. In Asia, the main characteristic of the region is the significant discrepancy between the prostitution laws which exist on the books and what occurs in practice. Child prostitution is a serious problem in this region. Past surveys indicate that 30 to 35 percent of all prostitutes in the Mekong sub-region of Southeast Asia are between 12 and 17 years of age. The Asian region has the lowest incidence 5.
Yang Song and the Long History of Targeting Asian American Sex Workers
With no income or safety net, many turn to online jobs that 'pay far less'. As a companion for hire, Danna's work would involve intimate acts with customers. Strict measures to stem the spread of COVID in the Philippines and elsewhere in Asia have made jobs that entail close contact difficult at best. For workers like Danna, this has been both a curse and a blessing, robbing them of their livelihoods but also reducing their infection risks.
Introduction: Asian sex workers are a significant part of the Australian sex industry. Criminal laws, racism, isolation, poor English language skills and stigma and discrimination combine to increase the vulnerability of Asian sex workers in Australia. To inform service delivery and potential legislative reform, we undertook a study of sex worker health and safety in Western Australia with a focus on Asian sex workers. Methods: This was a mixed methods study in which peer researchers played an essential role. We undertook a survey available online and in paper form and translated into three languages other than English , semi-structured interviews with sex workers, and interviews with key advisors.