For release: Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

The Australian Christian Lobby has called on the New South Wales government to take urgent action and prohibit the purchasing of sex following the suspected stabbing death of a man in a Sydney brothel last night.

ACL NSW Director David Hutt said it was time the state government tried a new approach to prostitution. “Legalised prostitution is a failed experiment,” Mr Hutt said.  “Last night’s tragedy is the latest in a long list of violent crimes connected with the New South Wales sex industry.”

Mr Hutt cautioned the government against its plans to introduce a brothel licensing regime.

“Queensland has already tried brothel licensing,” he said. “It didn’t work. Even after the introduction of brothel licensing, 90 per cent of prostitution in Queensland is carried out illegally.

“Brothel licensing won’t do anything to stem the tide of women being trafficked to Australia and forced into prostitution. It is time for a new approach.”

The Australian Christian Lobby recently made a submission to the NSW Government inquiry into brothel licensing and called on the state government to adopt the successful Nordic approach which prohibits the purchasing of sex.

Recent facts about prostitution in Australia:

·         July 2012 – Korean police arrested 18 pimps and traffickers allegedly involved in trafficking women to Australia

·         June 2012 – the US State Department identified Australia as a destination country for trafficked persons

·         June 2012 – NSW Land and Environment court overturned the City of Sydney’s refusal to grant a development application for Australia’s largest brothel

·         April 2012 – Watcheraporn Nantanhkum became the first person convicted of slavery in the Australian Capital Territory for holding a woman in sex-servitude

·         February 2012 – Federal police rescued three trafficked, Thai girls from a legal, Western Sydney brothel