Help don't harm!
On 25 September 2019 the South Australian House of Assembly (Lower House) will debate the Statutes Amendment (Decriminalisation of Sex Work) Bill 2018.
Decriminalising prostitution may sound like a relatively harmless law change but the details are deeply concerning.
The Liberal Attorney-General Vicki Chapman has introduced the legislation in the Lower House which has already passed the Upper House.
What does this mean?
This Bill will be the most radical law passed in Australia and will cause an increase in the trafficking and exploitation of vulnerable women in SA.
If this Bill is passed, brothels will be allowed to set up anywhere, near your children's schools and sports clubs; near your businesses and churches, and will only be subject to local zoning laws.
Street workers will be able to work near primary and high schools at anytime, including pick up and drop off time.
We have to help women trapped in this exploitative industry, not entrench them.
Use the below text box to send an email to your Lower House member now.
Feel free to personalise it as you ask for them to VOTE NO when the Bill comes to a vote. You might like to mention:
- Prostitution traps many women in an exploitative industry.
- Removing regulation will increase trafficking and harm.
- Pimping will be decriminalised and selling other people is not the way forward for SA.
- Providing exit options and strategies provides women with a viable choice rather than deregulation which will keep them trapped.
- Do not address the email 'Dear MPs name' - this will be added automatically to your MP.
- Be concise and respectful.