Every Red Files member must read this document. By signing up as a member, you agree to abide by and uphold these Community Guidelines.
Red Files is a confidential online space where workers can support each other. We have a diverse membership and all workers are welcome and treated equally.
Staff and members must adhere to the Community Guidelines to make sure our community runs exactly the way it’s intended: positively and respectfully. We want to create a culture that’s ethical and responsible. Keeping Red Files a safer space is essential (we use the word “safer” because we understand that everyone’s experience differs, and no space can be entirely safe for everyone, but we still want to do our best.)
We understand that not everyone defines sex work in the same way and that we all engage in sex work differently. No matter our differences, we all have a right to make a living as we see fit. We must be respectful of each other and our choices. None of use deserve disrespect or abuse in the workplace, and we all have the right to make a confidential report to Red Files when something like this happens.
Red Files welcomes anyone who identifies as a sex worker (either past or presently working) and who agrees to follow the Community Guidelines. Red Files is proud of our diversity – it’s important and it makes our community richer! We welcome anyone currently working in the sex industry, aged 18 and over. We welcome all genders, anyone working in any modality (street-based, private, establishment, and so on), from novice to more experienced; we welcome all sexualities, any colour, culture, nationality or background.
Red Files is governed entirely by sex workers. Their responsibilities, duties and authority are described in the Help Desk section of the website.
A worker who breaches confidentiality and shares the details of Red Files with a non-member may be legally liable, if the leak creates legal problems for our community – no excuses.
You must take responsibility for what you post and be mindful of your behaviour. Ask yourself if your content will be appreciated. Is there a chance it could cause offence to another member?
Avoid making judgements and/or promoting prejudice about race, sex, gender, sexuality, ability, drug use, mode of sex work, legal status, and mental health.Do not use this space to express intolerance of someone’s religious beliefs or lack thereof, stigma, racism, ageism, sexism, hetero-sexism, homophobia, transphobia, cis-sexism, ableism, classism, fat shaming, sex negative attitudes, slut shaming, whorephobia, victim blaming or any other behaviour or language that may perpetuate oppression.
Inform Red Files if you take a break from sex work or leave the country for an extended period of time.
If you feel there’s been a breach to Community Guidelines, please view the Red Files Grievance Procedure and contact a MOD.
If Red Files is an essential service for you, please consider donating to keep it running. Without support, we won’t be able to continue indefinitely. We therefore encourage every member to donate, if not financially then at least some time and expertise, whatever amount they are able.
Like many other services that you pay for, Red Files can assist you with your business. How much is this worth to you? Without financial contributions, Red Files can’t continue. If we don’t support it, we’ll lose it.
All the money that you donate here goes back to or community. We don’t get funding any other way (except sponsorship) and the sex worker community is often forgotten or ignored by the rest of society – we need to rely on each other for support. You can see how we’re spending your money on the Donations page.
We accept donations via bank transfer:
Bank - Commonwealth Bank
Account Name - Red Files Inc.
BSB - 063123
Account Number – 10580904
Donations are not tax deductible, but we’re working on making them so at a future date.
If you’re not in a position to make a financial contribution, please consider donating your efforts in other ways.
Life can be hard enough as it is; let’s not make things tougher for each other. Let’s work together to make sure Red Files is a safer space and welcoming to all workers. Make the effort to put these Guidelines into practice as each member before you has done.
Special thanks to the Vixen Collective for providing insight on safer space approaches.
If you are a member who regularly uses Red Files, and if you can afford it, please consider setting up a weekly, fortnightly or monthly donation to us to help with our upkeep. It can be anything from $2 to $100, it’s up to you.Donate