Media Release

Sex Trafficking of Temporary Workers reinforces importance of Centofanti Bill

Widespread decriminalisation of prostitution has led to increasing cases of sexual exploitation among temporary workers, human trafficking and other organised crime activities. This is the conclusion that must be drawn from the Nixon Inquiry into the immigration system and student visas. One of the report recommendations is for employers who employ temporary workers in prostitution to be disqualified from directing a company, and have their names published on a register.

Christopher Brohier, South Australian (SA) Director of the Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) said, “The Nixon report has exposed the false claims of those advocating for the full decriminalisation of prostitution. Decriminalisation has led to the exploitation of vulnerable overseas women by unscrupulous third-party profiteers. Decriminalisation only helps the pimps”.

He concluded, “These reports show why it is so important that the South Australian initiative of the Equality Model Bill tabled by the Hon Nicola Centofanti be adopted. The Equality Model of prostitution legislation decriminalises the selling of sex, but criminalises buying and third party profiteering and provides exit strategies for vulnerable women. This strategy has proven highly effective globally in reducing the markets for prostitution and, in turn, sex trafficking”.

The ACL calls on all SA Parliamentarians to support this significant pro-woman reform.

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