News Archive

Red Files latest news and information.

November 2019

Victoria announces sex work inquiry 2020 28 November 2019

Former sex worker and politician Fiona Patten to head inquiry read more...

October 2019

Trans workers wanted for Victorian Government Reference Group 29 October 2019

Applications close 11 November 2019 read more...

Estelle Lucas presenting about Red Files at an E-Safety Workshop 16 October 2019

If you're in Melbourne, come along as a networking opportunity! read more...

Release from Decrim QLD/Respect QLD: EMERGENCY ****ACTION NEEDED**** 15 October 2019

Hideously bad laws including increased police powers have been introduced into Queensland parliament. Instead of moving forward with a commitment to decriminalise sex work the government has entered a Bill into parliament that increases criminalisation of sex workers and increases police powers. read more...

September 2019

Victorian sex workers - new advisory panel at RhED 23 September 2019

Please put up your hand to give advise and have a say on how our support services and government can better meet our needs. read more...

RhED Advisory Committee Vacancy ($50) Victoria Only 14 September 2019

Apply by 3 October 2019 read more...

August 2019

International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers in Victoria 22 August 2019

Red Umbrella Day Working Group at RhED read more...

Free Kink 101 Workshop in Melbourne - September 26 19 August 2019

Join RhED for a free workshop on Thursday 26th September 2019 2pm-4pm. Join RhED for a free workshop on Thursday 26th September 2019 2pm-4pm. read more...

Media: The Drum Thursday 15/8/2019 17 August 2019

Gala Vanting talks the Drum about the recent death of our community member. read more...

Respect Inc & DecrimQLD present Parliament House Symposium 05 August 2019

Join the Symposium at Parliament House on 21st August 2 pm - 5 pm with your collegues read more...

Scarlet Alliance has a Position Vacant 05 August 2019

Scarlet Alliance Administration Officer- part time 2 days/week (0.4 FTE) - Sydney read more...

Respect Inc. upcoming workshops 05 August 2019

Respect Inc have just done their 4th release of workshop dates for 2019! read more...

July 2019

Scarlet Alliance Jules Kim and MP Fiona Patten to present at Melbourne Writer's Festival talk on sex work 13 July 2019

1 September 2019, $25, Melbourne read more...

Review Peer Resources in VIC with RhED $50 payment 06 July 2019

RhED - Resourcing Health and Education in Victoria read more...

Sex worker friendly counselling in Victoria 06 July 2019

Phone appointments available to those who live in regional or rural Victoria. read more...

Do you want to get paid to help out with Red Umbrella Day in December 2019 in Victoria? 06 July 2019

RhED is in Victoria and wants peers to help join their working group. Read info below. read more...

Get paid $50 to help out with Victoria's sex industry magazine - the RED Magazine 06 July 2019

The RED Magazine is published by RhED in Victoria. read more...

Financial wellbeing for female sex workers in Victoria 06 July 2019

Free course run by Victorian sex worker organisation RhED. Starts July 25, 2019. read more...

JOB OPPORTUNITY: Work at SWOP ACT 05 July 2019

SWOP ACT is looking for a new coordinator, a paid position of about 20 hours per week ($38.08 an hour) read more...

SURVEY: World Health Organisation (WHO) survey on female sex workers contraceptive preferences 02 July 2019

The World Health Organisation (WHO) are doing a survey on female sex workers contraceptive preferences and need your input! read more...

June 2019

Upcoming workshops at SWOP NSW - Wednesday 10th July 22 June 2019

SWOP is running 2 free workshops in July - "Private Work 101" and "Money Matters" read more...

Submission to Northern Territory Reforming the Regulation of Sex Work 17 June 2019

Red Files Inc. wrote in favour to decriminalise sex work in the Northern Territory under the capacity of a relevant organisation. read more...

April 2019

New radio show & podcast - Behind Closed Doors 14 April 2019

Behind Closed Doors is a new 3CR radio program providing a safe space to explore the world of sex work on air. read more...

QLD - Upcoming workshops at Respect QLD 05 April 2019

Check out these upcoming FREE workshops run by Respect QLD. Topics include advertising laws, tax and self care. There are also a few online options for those who can't attend in person. read more...

Help Decriminalise Sex Work in NT! 02 April 2019

Call for full decriminalisation in the Northern Territory read more...

March 2019

* Paid Position* - RhED is seeking EOI for the RhED Sex Work Advisory Committee 28 March 2019

RhED is seeking expressions of interest from sex workers to fill one current vacant position on the RhED Sex Work Advisory Committee. Please see attached flyer for details. All expressions of interest must be received by 5pm Thursday 11th April 2019. read more...

'Dames of Decrim' event in Adelaide - Thursday 28th March 15 March 2019

SIDAC (Sex Industry Decriminalisaion Action Committee) are organising a massive event on the 28th of March (fast approaching eeeek) where Julia Bates AO from NSW and Dame Catherine Healy from New Zealand are coming over as our key notes to discuss decrim in their specific jurisdictions. There will also be the opportunity to ask questions from a panel, and Kat, SIN's new manager, will be on the firing line. read more...

Exciting opportunity! *PAID* position at RhED in Melbourne! 06 March 2019

Full time position at RhED working as a Peer Health Education and Support Worker. Applications close March 22nd. read more...

Upcoming workshops at Respect QLD - free for all sex workers! 05 March 2019

Check out these upcoming events in QLD, run by Respect, free for all sex workers! read more...

February 2019

Respect Inc. Queensland latest 13 February 2019

If you're in Queensland 4-5th March, don't miss out on the round table read more...

Red Files SOCIAL MEDIA POLICY 13 February 2019

After decided to come out, we have set up the boundaries on what can and cannot be said about Red Files. read more...

December 2018

SWEAR needs a President! 11 December 2018

SWEAR is Western Australia's only peer-operated sex worker organisation. I read more...

November 2018

WORKSHOP: QLD Sex Work Advertising Laws 21 November 2018

Hosting by Respect Inc. online read more...

NEWS: Abused by the system, the unfair stigma surrounding sex work 21 November 2018

Red Files own Estelle Lucas has written about sex work read more...

GIVEAWAY: Available Angels offers free advertising 21 November 2018

AA is an sex worker owned online advertising directory read more...

Sex Work Law Reform Victoria 21 November 2018

For those interested in the politics and laws of sex work, especially Victoria read more...

Self-Defence Workshop - Melbourne 15 November 2018

MANY SEX WORKERS ARE EXTREMELY CAPABLE OF LOOKING AFTER THEIR PHYSICAL WELL BEING. THIS COURSE IS DESIGNED TO PROVIDE ADDED PEACE OF MIND IN THE SAME WAY ALL SELF DEFENCE COURSES ARE DESIGNED TO PROTECT AND BUILD CONFIDENCE IN PERSONAL SAFETY. read more...

Public Visibility Consultation - the results are in! 11 November 2018

We're going with the high visibility approach! read more...

October 2018

REMINDER: 3 days left to go before big changes 29 October 2018

Have your say! read more...

EOI for two sex workers to join the RhED ADVISORY COMMITTEE 13 October 2018

Members will be reimbursed $50 for a 2 hour meeting for their time! read more...

Introducing Red Files Inc. 06 October 2018

We are now an official not-for-profit organisation! read more...

PROPOSAL FOR COMMUNITY CONSULTATION - Public Visibility 06 October 2018

We want your voice in how to shape our future! read more...

September 2018

Scarlet Alliance National Forum 29 September 2018

Held in Brisbane this year! read more...

JOB OPPORTUNITY: SIN (Sex Industry Network) in Adelaide General Manager 29 September 2018

Want to start working for the community? read more...

August 2018

#QLD SEXWORKER WORKSHOPS GALORE! 23 August 2018

Respect Inc. is holding a variety of workshops between now and November. Sex worker only. RSVP so you don't miss out! read more...

New laws for sex work in the ACT have passed! 23 August 2018

New laws regarding sex work have just been passed in the ACT. SWOP ACT has produced this great summary of the most significant changes for sex workers. read more...

RhED Pathways - Career Development for Sex Workers Survey 11 August 2018

RhED is seeking anyone with experience as a sex worker in Victoria (past or present) to take part in a community needs assessment to see what you'd like to see in a career development program. read more...

July 2018

Our first sponsor: $500 a week cash in hand job 26 July 2018

We're pleased to announce our first sponsorship! Please give a warm welcome to our sponsor that helps keep Red Files standing. read more...

June 2018

Scarlet Alliance LITTLE RED BOOK - online now! 23 June 2018

This web resource is a community driven project, which has incorporated the efforts of sex workers, peer educators, sex worker organisations, community organisations and health professionals across Australia. It is made by sex workers, for sex workers.​ read more...

Digital Security Workshop - SWOP in Surry Hills - Thur 5th July 22 June 2018

Presented by Gala Vanting and Assembly Four (Melbourne) Hosted by Scarlet Alliance, Australian Sex Workers Association and SWOP NSW. read more...

SWOP Money Matters$ Workshop - Wed 20 June 2-4pm 13 June 2018

​With tax time fast approaching, we're running our popular Money Matter$ workshop. It's free for sex workers of all persuasions on Wednesday 20 June. read more...

Sex Workers Explain How They Deal with Clients They Don't Like 01 June 2018

From conflicting religious viewpoints to political beliefs, sex workers tell us how they deal with the unsavory convictions of some clients. read more...

May 2018

News article: Want to figure out the rules of sexual consent? Ask sex workers. 25 May 2018

Want to figure out the rules of sexual consent? Ask sex workers. read more...

News article: Criminalising my job as a sex worker threatens my livelihood and safety 16 May 2018

Whatever the reason for doing sex work, we all deserve respect for our autonomy and access to services and safe working conditions. read more...

News article: Vic Libs push for law that criminalises sex workers 16 May 2018

The Victorian Liberals are looking to favour stringent new laws that will protect the sex work industry, but not those who work in it. read more...

News article: Sex work and ‘sugaring‘ 16 May 2018

Following a break-up, one woman decided to enter the world of ‘sugaring’. A year in, she is still looking for her ideal sugar daddy. By Emmy Ley. read more...

News article: Sweeping changes proposed for 'restrictive' sex work laws 16 May 2018

HIV-positive sex workers could soon be allowed to operate in Canberra under sweeping changes proposed for the territory’s decades-old prostitution laws. read more...

News article: Sex workers say Wix is shutting down their websites 16 May 2018

It seems Wix has followed Craigslist’s lead, fearing newly implemented ‘sex-trafficking’ law. read more...

News article: Pimps Are Preying on Sex Workers Pushed Off the Web Because of FOSTA-SESTA 16 May 2018

"Sex workers are terrified:" Less than three weeks after the so-called anti-sex trafficking bill became law, the consequences are dire. read more...

News article: After Backpage 16 May 2018

The feds shuttered the website for facilitating sex trafficking—but it also gave sex workers a home off the streets. Thanks to a new law, that may be the only place for some of them to go. read more...

News article: The future of sex work – a photo essay 16 May 2018

It has been 23 years since New South Wales decriminalised sex work. How much has changed for sex workers? read more...

Fuck you pay me: SW only event in Melbourne 09 May 2018

For those looking into in-person socialising with peers, here's another event coming up in June. read more...

UPCOMING WORKSHOP: Coming Out 08 May 2018

Join Red Files member Amber Leigh as she hosts a workshop about coming out as a sex worker read more...

LAUNCHED: Red Cloud Hosting 08 May 2018

Estelle has been working hard to create a solution to FOSTA/SESTA for sex workers who operate their own websites. Check it out here! read more...

What are you doing for International Sex Workers day? 08 May 2018

On 2nd of June sex workers all over the world will be engaging in workshops, protests and rally's read more...

April 2018

ABC News - Australian sex workers fear US anti-trafficking laws could make the internet off limits 14 April 2018

Think about the tools you use for work, and then imagine a legal change on the other side of the world could take them out of your hands. Sex workers fear that could happen in Australia if a contentious US bill becomes law. It's aimed at making websites liable if they're used to facilitate "sex trafficking". read more...

JOB OPPORTUNITY: Male Project Worker at SIN 11 April 2018

SIN in SA is looking for a Male Project Worker to join their team! read more...

NEWS ARTICLE: What the FOSTA/SESTA Anti-Sex Trafficking Bill Means 06 April 2018

...And what it means for sex workers. read more...

A possible FOSTA/SESTA solution for you! 04 April 2018

If you operate a website in your business, this may interest you read more...

March 2018

Callout for SA sex workers - SIN peer project 24 March 2018

SIN are interested in hearing from people who are receiving any kind of government payment and are linked to a job active network agency! read more...

Directors’ Strategy Brief 2018 17 March 2018

Check out what the administration will be aiming to achieve this year and leave your 2 cent in the comments section! read more...

WIRED article: Social media is reshaping sex work 16 March 2018

SOCIAL MEDIA IS RESHAPING SEX WORK—BUT ALSO THREATENING IT read more...

Misgendered Incarceration: An Interview With Scarlet Alliance CEO Jules Kim 15 March 2018

Sydney Criminal Lawyers Blog read more...

The Age - Opinion piece from Lisa Marie - Time to fully decriminalise sex work 07 March 2018

Article written by one of our very own members Lisa Marie read more...

The Age: Sex work is work: renewed push to decriminalise profession in Victoria 07 March 2018

The Sex Worker is at Gasworks Art Park in Albert Park until March 18. For information visit http://www.gasworks.org.au/event/the-sex-worker/. read more...

February 2018

TIME article - Sex Workers Say They're Being Left Out of the #MeToo Movement 22 February 2018

'They Don't Want to Include Women Like Me.' Sex Workers Say They're Being Left Out of the #MeToo Movement read more...

Red Files Committee Meeting Minutes, Cycle #1 15 February 2018

Representatives of Red Files got together to discuss what Red Files has been achieving and what we would like for our future. Check it out! read more...

Cycle #1: Performance Review 07 February 2018

Take a look at everything we did during our launch (2nd June) through to the end of December. read more...

Cycle #1: Financial Report 07 February 2018

Want to know where all your donations are going? Here we list exactly what we've done with our fund. read more...

The Guardian - Internet making sex work safer, report finds 01 February 2018

Recent study finds internet gives sex workers more control over work and cuts risk of physical attack. read more...

The Guardian - Andrea Werhun: 'It’s a really good time to talk about sex work' 01 February 2018

Modern Whore, the young Canadian’s memoir, is a candid account of her time as an escort. She explains how she ‘created something that’s never been made before’ read more...

Help a peer - fundraiser for Valentina 01 February 2018

A fundraiser has been created to help raise money for Valentina, a Brisbane based worker only new to the industry who was brutally attacked an injured last week. read more...

November 2017

CONTENT WRITING WORKSHOP MELBOURNE 28 November 2017

Come join Red Files and local sex workers for this impromptu workshop on the 7th of December read more...

CALLOUT: Looking for paid research candidates 28 November 2017

If you're a migrant sex worker - this one applies to you! Make an easy $80 by sharing your experience for research! read more...

Vice - Sex Work Empowers Me as a Disabled Woman 04 November 2017

I never thought I'd be able to find a job that worked for me, but being an escort allows me to work around my health issues. read more...

October 2017

ABC News - Police swoop on Gold Coast massage parlours suspected of offering sex 18 October 2017

Police have raided seven massage parlours on the Gold Coast that were allegedly operating as fronts for illegal prostitution. read more...

NZ Herald - Sex workers speak out about the crackdown on illegal or non- compliant brothels 18 October 2017

Australian cities are waging a war against illegal or non-compliant brothels but sex workers have slammed the methods, calling it a form of sexual assault. read more...

CALL FOR HELP: Writing articles 09 October 2017

We are hoping there's a subject within the work you feel passionate enough to write about. Check our our article ideas here and see if there's a topic you can tackle! read more...

September 2017

Understanding Who Supports Us and Who Doesn't 10 September 2017

Ever been interested in activism? Here's a quick overview of the political climate that governs our jobs. read more...

July 2017

​PAID POSITION AVAILABLE: Red Files Moderator 13 July 2017

We need more sex worker power to set this ship sailing! Interested in being more involved in the community? Maybe this is the job for you... read more...

​Director’s Strategy Brief 13 July 2017

Now that we’ve launched, you’re probably wondering what the team will be up to. In this article the Director has outlines her aims and plans for the cycle. read more...

Intention behind the Community Guidelines 10 July 2017

This is an open letter from the Director about investing in upholding the Community Guidelines that bind us as a support group read more...

June 2017

Help us grow - support us with your time & knowledge! 13 June 2017

It can be your time, energy, expertise, knowledge, ideas, enthusiasm, wisdom, skills, network, contacts so on and so forth. We need help on all fronts! read more...

Red Files Welcomes RhED as a Sponsor! 06 June 2017

Learn more about an organisation that offers services to sex workers in Victoria including what they do, how they can help you and how to get into contact! read more...

Beta-Phase Feedback Summary 04 June 2017

The staff has assembled all the feedback from the beta-phase. Here is a summary of what was suggested and what we have done. read more...

May 2017

Senior Members needed! 30 May 2017

Red Files is seeking a sex worker and a Red Files community member to work as part of the Red Files team. read more...

March 2017

​A personal welcome from a Director 10 March 2017

Everything you need to know about the unofficial launch and beta-phase of Red Files: what to expect, what to do and the future... read more...

​The Red Files story so far… 09 March 2017

My name is Estelle Lucas and I’m the founder of Red Files. This is my story with Red Files so far... read more...