As many know, ACL is fighting the anti-women prostitution decriminalisation bill sponsored by Attorney General Vickie Chapman. We are in reach of significant policy reform for prostituted women in South Australia. I am writing to thank you, and encourage you to keep going!
This past week ACL spokesperson for women and children, Wendy Francis, and I led a delegation of prostitution survivors and others who met with lower house members of parliament in relation to the prostitution decriminalisation bill.
We presented the awful realities of prostitution and argued that while we supported the decriminalisation of the sale of sex, we opposed the exploitation of women and the industrialisation of prostitution.
We urged the parliamentarians to support the Nordic Model where the buying of sex and the actions of pimps are criminalised and prostituted people are given genuine exit options.
Instead of helping women, Ms Chapman’s sponsored bill will lead to greater numbers of women, many of them trafficked from South-East Asia, being exploited.
We had a very good reception. The numbers in parliament are close. We are within reach of a significant milestone in that we may become the first jurisdiction in Australia to adopt Nordic.
During our visits this past week we were encouraged to hear from MPs that they had heard from many already who are opposed to the bill. This is so encouraging. Thankyou!
However, there is still more to do. I encourage you to continue to raise your voice to help women by contacting your local MP. I encourage you to contact them in all the ways you can: email via our campaign page (see button below), write a letter, call, or for the best effect, make an appointment to see them. We would love it if you could spread the word to your family, friends and churches.
Above all pray. 'The effective fervent prayer of the righteous avails much' (James 5:15).
If we keep at it by God's grace we can bring His truth into South Australia.