It should go without saying that sex workers deserve the same rights and protections as non-sex workers. Including the right to refuse to have sex without condoms. Or for that matter the right to decide to not have sex with a client and refund the money without being subjected to assault or rape.
May 30, 2012
A FORMER transgender sex worker who was raped by a client has been awarded more than $40,000 criminal injuries compensation.
The woman, who can not be identified, was attacked by a man who she agreed to meet for sex at a Perth hotel in June 2007.
Jason Juma was convicted of three counts of sexual penetration without consent and one count of attempted sexual penetration without consent in the District Court on September 19, 2008. He was sentenced to five years in prison.
According to documents submitted to the criminal injuries assessor, the pair arranged to meet via telephone and once inside the hotel room, agreed on a fee. After they undressed, Juma asked if he could not use a condom.
When the woman refused, Juma persisted with his request several times before attacking his victim.
In her submission, the woman said she told Juma she did not want him in the room anymore and refunded his money. When she walked him to the door he attacked her from behind and digitally penetrated her. He then threatened to punch her and tried to sexually penetrate her up to 15 times.
The woman, who moved to Perth from Sydney to work as a prostitute so she could save money for gender reassignment surgery, claimed she suffered psychological injuries as a result of the attack and had to be hospitalised on a number of occasions.