This consultation paper was written to provide an overview of the experiences of residents who live in the vicinity of street sex work activity.
City of Port Phillip
Although the presence of St Kilda’s street sex workers has been the subject of numerous studies and reports, there has been very little detailed and independent research conducted on the experiences of residents who live in areas of high sex work activity.
Apart from providing an overview of the experiences of residents who live in the relevant vicinities, this consultation paper also aimed to determine if more could be done to improve the livability of the St Kilda community. Because of the complexity of this issue, this project did not propose to find an ‘answer’ that met all parties expectations by addressing the problems associated with street sex work. Instead, the research sought to:
- Deliver detailed information on local residents’ perspectives to Council, police, State Government, street sex workers, health and welfare agencies and the broader community;
- Collect data exclusively from residents;
- Provide a very respectful, confidential method of collecting detailed experiences from a range of residents who live in the streets where street sex workers solicit;
- Model a respectful and inclusive method of discussing difficult social issues;
- Explore some practical steps for improvement that may arise from the consulting residents.
The project was coordinated and funded by the City of Port Phillip Council (CoPP).
Key RMIT researchers: James Rowe