As sex workers try and reclaim narratives of criminalization and policing, raids on massage parlors are subsumed by larger conversations on sex workers rights or trafficking. In the US, Asian sex workers are both hyper-visible in these conversations, while remaining invisible as active participants.
In South Australia (a state of Australia), an MP has introduced a decriminalization bill on sex work. Sex workers and advocates, including New Zealand’s Dame Catherine Healy, came to Parliament to urge legislators to pass the bill. This would be the second of Australia’s six states to decriminalize.