WHO IS VIXEN COLLECTIVE?
Vixen Collective is Victoria’s peer only sex worker organisation, as recognised by Scarlet Alliance, Australian Sex Worker Association. We promote the cultural, legal, human, occupational and civil rights of all sex workers. Vixen Collective is an unfunded organisation run entirely by sex workers volunteering our time and energy. 'Peer-only' means that our organisation is made up of current and former sex workers. Peer-only sex worker organisations do not allow the owners and operators of sex industry businesses, or ancillary staff in the sex industry (people such as managers, receptionists, drivers and cleaners) to participate. We are an organisation run by sex workers, for sex workers.
Victoria has a proud sex worker history. With the advent of HIV in the 1980s, Australia led the world by deploying a community-based response. Money was given to key communities - sex workers, gay men, injecting drug users - to form their own organisations to contribute to the fight against the virus. Melbourne was the first place in the world to commit funding to a sex worker organisation - the Prostitutes Collective of Victoria (PCV). The PCV were pioneers in sex worker organising. However, in 2001 the PCV was taken over by a community health service and it ceased being a peer-only organisation.
In 2005, Vixen Collective was started by a group of Victorian sex workers and launched at the 2005 Scarlet Alliance, Australian Sex Workers Association, national forum. In 2007, Vixen Collective became a member of Scarlet Alliance. Vixen Collective has continued to engage in sex worker rights, building participation of local sex workers, as well as developing links to state and national sex worker organisations.
Vixen Collective continues to work fiercely on sex worker rights in Victoria, including:
Ongoing and active consultation with Victorian sex workers
Peer education and peer support to local sex worker community
Education initiatives with broader non-sex worker community
Advocacy and lobbying
Fighting stigma and discrimination against sex workers
Vixen Collective's work is informed by ongoing consultation with Victorian sex workers, as well as the broader sex worker community across Australia and internationally.
Vixen Collective, supports the full decriminalisation of sex work of all forms of sex work, as this is the model upheld as being best practice for sex workers’ health and safety, as well as being the model supported by respected organisations including (but not limited to):
Sex workers' representative organisations in Australia
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Vixen Collective is based on the unceded lands of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. We pay our respects to elders past, present and emerging. This land always was and always will be Aboriginal land.