Centralian Advocate – Sex worker Rachel has a passion for liberty

SEX worker Rachel Wotton is passionate about connection with many clients who have disabilities.

Her work is the subject of the 2011 Walkley Award-nominated documentary, Scarlet Road: A Sex Worker’s Journey.

Filmed over a three year period, the program follows Rachel in her relationship with John, diagnosed with multiple sclerosis 26 years ago, and Mark, a client with cerebral palsy, and reveals the therapeutic aspects of human touch and sexual intimacy.

RachelThis unique documentary gives voice to two men generously sharing moments of sexual self-discovery.

Scarlet Road: A Sex Worker’s Journey shows Rachel in her daily life and follows her on a journey to the UK, Denmark and Sweden, where she meets with sex workers, people with disabilities and their families, as well as making quite an impression as a speaker at the World Congress for Sexual Health.

In addition to undertaking a Masters in Sexual Health at the University of Sydney, Rachel is an active campaigner for the rights of sex workers.

She co-founded the charitable organisation Touching Base to connect people with disabilities and sex workers focusing on access, discrimination, human rights, legal issues and the social stigma that these two marginalised communities can face.

Rachel’s dream is to raise enough money to set up Touching Base in every state and territory in Australia and then the world.

It’s on SBS1 at 10.05pm Friday 2nd December.

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26 Responses to Centralian Advocate – Sex worker Rachel has a passion for liberty

  1. David Moore says:

    i am disabled myself i am from the uk i just watched show online may i say it was very good and I am sad to hear that John has passed way before it was broadcasted on TV I hope there is updated on mark and this program on internet well done everybody.

  2. Kelly says:

    Wow, I have just seen the documentary on SBS On Demand as I missed it on Friday night.

    Rachel, you are amazing. I had never considered these needs of disabled people, your documentary was an insight into a taboo world. And it was done with such intimacy, honesty, and love; you clearly love what you do and respect your clients. There should be more people like you!!

    I think the clients and their families featured on the documentary were also so brave – to not only “put a name to the face” of what they are doing as it’s seen as taboo, but to also allow the camera’s in to such an intimate and personal experience.

    Well done, you are a brave woman, and I so admire and respect you.

  3. Simon says:

    I work in the disabled sector and have been surprised by how squeamish others are about this subject. Physios, O.T.s, Neurologists, you name it – they all consider that no problem exists and it gets the ‘cone of silence’ treatment. The fact that many of these fields are female dominated doesn’t help; any mention of real human needs in this area seems to elicit a shudder! I’d love to be able to direct my clients to patient, enlightened workers operating in the Melbourne area. One thing’s for sure – these folks deserve something REALLY special!

  4. Paul Fogo says:

    THANKS YOU so much for taking us into this world. Your cameras and subjects revealed a warmth. closeness and caring on such a unique level.

  5. Terry says:

    Jesus was anointed by a “sex worker.” Rachel, you too are anointing those in need or love and care.

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