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September 16, 2021 63 min

Note: we had some technical issues this week, so the audio isn’t perfect, we’re sorry!

CW: whorephobia, transphobia, drug use, police entrapment, domestic violence, t-word, p-word 

Chantell Martin is a transgender community service worker and activist at SWOP NSW, and former street-based sex worker. She moved from New Zealand to Sydney in the 80s and at that time began her gender transition, entered the sex industry, and began using drugs. She worked through the height of the AIDS epidemic in the 80s, before and after decrim in the 90s, and is now doing outreach helping the community through the COVID-19 pandemic with SWOP NSW


2:39 - Main Segment: Street-based sex work before and after decrim

49:35 - Questions of the week: most rewarding part, doubting yourself, difficulties, advice for clients 


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