Canadian television journalist Victor Malarek has asked the questions about Australia’s sex trade our own journalists and politicians have failed to ask.

Speaking at a forum in Parliament House in Canberra this week, Malarek ridiculed the idea of legalising brothels saying prostitution is the most dangerous ‘profession’ on the planet.

Politicians who had bought the ‘happy hooker’ lie that it could be safe and dignified were misguided, he said, in a message that he has also taken to forums and meetings with MPs in New South Wales, Victoria and Western Australia over the past week.

“We seem to think in our minds that men have the right to a young woman's body because they have money in their pocket.”

“What 18 year old dreams of giving up part of their income to their loving pimp?” he asks rhetorically.

Malarek admits to being swayed by the legalisation arguments when he first started investigating the global sex trade but the more he dug, the more he realised this was folly.

If prostitution was safe, why then do sex trade lobby groups like Australia’s Scarlet Alliance recommend a panic button for prostitutes, he asks.

The multi-award winning senior reporter for Canada’s influential CTV W-FIVE program has done what most Australian journalists and politicians have failed to do and that is question the claims of the legal brothel lobby.

His latest book, The Johns – Sex for Sale and the Men who Buy it, contains a chapter on the legalisation of brothels in which Australia’s failed experiments in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria feature heavily.

Entitled A Gift to the Johns, this chapter is scathing about the Scarlet Alliance which was influential in convincing Australian politicians to accept the legalisation of brothels.

Malarek says Sweden has the best prostitution laws where the law comes down hard on men who purchase sex, rather than on prostituted women.

Swedish police, he said, had eaves dropped on traffickers in young women and had heard them saying it was no longer any use trying to do business in Sweden.

Malarek was also scathing on the pornography industry describing porn as “an inducer sending men in to the night”.

On this Sunday night’s Open House program (from 8 pm on most major Christian radio stations), investigative journalist Malarek lifts the lid on the $20-billion-a-year sex trade, and proposes a radical way of bringing change (interview time around 9.20 pm Eastern Standard Time).

Related links: ACL's Glynis Quinlin interviews Victor Malarek