A lot of country working girls are lonely because they can’t tell anyone and they are living double lives...if you make friends with another working girl you run the risk that at some stage she will tell your friends where you work”—Cassandra.
SWOP recognises the unique issues facing sex industry workers in regional and rural areas. They can experience isolation, occupational discrimination and confidentiality issues at levels much higher than their city based peers. These factors have long been cited as barriers to accessing services, delivering effective HIV/STI prevention and education.
Through our outreach workers based at the ACON branch in the Hunter, and our strong partnerships with local clinics and health centres in the Illawarra, we have broken down some of these barriers.
It is our hope that this website will provide even more opportunities for SWOP to support sex workers in regional and rural NSW.