Legal and Exploited: Sex Workers in NSW Brothels

Registration is now open for our November monthly seminar series

Dr Alice Orchiston,
Associate Lecturer at the University of Sydney Law School

This seminar will explore the vulnerability of women who sell sex in New South Wales legal brothels. Drawing on empirical research, the seminar will provide insight into widespread breaches of workplace law by brothel operators. Similar issues have emerged in other business sectors, for example, recent wage theft scandals involving 7-Eleven, Caltex and Domino’s Pizza franchises. In response, the Fair Work Ombudsman has taken enforcement action against these businesses. The seminar will conclude by considering whether this type of regulatory intervention could protect sex workers from exploitation and make brothels more accountable for their treatment of workers.

Legal and Exploited: Sex Workers in NSW Brothels

 When: Wednesday 14th November 2018

 Time: 5.30pm – 7.30pm

 Where: Colin, Biggers & Paisley, Level 42, 2 Park Street, Sydney

 Registration: This event is free but we encourage tax deductible donations. Suggested donation is $30.

RSVP Essential. Drinks & nibbles available.


This seminar may qualify for CPD points.

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About the speaker

Dr Alice Orchiston, Associate Lecturer at the University of Sydney Law School.

Dr Alice Orchiston’s research is socio-legal and interdisciplinary, focusing on issues connected with labour and employment, the regulation of commercial sexual activity and gender-based violence. Alice has specific expertise in qualitative and mixed-methods research, online research and researching vulnerable populations. Her background as a lawyer, policy analyst and consultant informs her academic work. Alice has held teaching and research positions at the University of New South Wales, the University of Sydney and Western Sydney University. She currently teaches Criminal Law and Legal Research and guest lectures in Sydney Law School’s Employment Relations and the Law seminar series. 

For any queries please contact the Foundation Coordinator, Chloe Wyatt, 0405 256756 or

Hosted by Women’s Legal Service NSW

These monthly talks will provide opportunity to exchange ideas, inform change and share research. Each month we will discuss the latest developments in legal issues that directly impact women and children.


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