For release: Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Today’s County Court hearing in Melbourne into the circumstances of a man slashing an escort worker with a samurai sword at his Elwood home, highlights the need for the Victorian Government to urgently follow the lead of other overseas jurisdictions and implement the Swedish policy of criminalising the purchase of sex.

ACL’s Victorian director Dan Flynn said urgent prostitution law reform was needed to stop women being exposed to harm and injury like this again.

“ACL calls on the Victorian Government to establish a Parliamentary Inquiry into the successful Swedish approach which has now been adopted in Iceland, Israel, Norway and South Korea,” he said.

“Unless law reform is undertaken, escort services will continue to result in women being placed in extremely vulnerable situations. It is hoped that the death of an escort worker is not required before legislative reform is commenced.

“The Swedish approach has been found to substantially reduce demand and offers pathways out of prostitution for women caught in the trade,” he said.