In an historic vote on Saturday 6 November 2021, the South Australian Liberal Women’s Council voted to support the Nordic or Equality Model of Prostitution Law Reform and to call on Liberal Government to implement it.

This model decriminalises the selling of sexual services, criminalises the buying of sexual services and third party profiteering, and most importantly, provides for meaningful exit strategies for prostituted women.

ACL has been campaigning for the implementation of this model since 2019 and it is now great to see a significant section of one of the major parties adopt this as policy. This follows on the young Liberals adopting the Equality Model as policy in 2019.

However, this is only one more step on the journey to have proper laws to restrict the exploitation of vulnerable people, especially women, and to provide real help for such women. The Equality Model is not policy of either party. We need to keep working hard to see a majority of MPs accept and pass this Model. There are strong supporters of the Equality Model in both the major parties and we need to work with them to bring about this reform.

Please pray that this will happen, for the effectual fervent prayers of the righteous avails much (James 5: 16).