The South Australian House of Assembly has rejected the latest attempt at prostitution law reform, with a private member’s Bill rejected earlier this morning by 24 votes to 19.
“This is a victory for South Australian women,” Australian Christian Lobby SA director Christopher Brohier said this morning from State Parliament, “It is a victory for the courageous prostitution survivors who spoke from the heart against this Bill.”
The ACL's supporters attended today’s crucial vote and have lobbied members of parliament to consider proven and superior reform.
“This is the thirteenth attempt in 25 years to change prostitution law, with most previous attempts comprising a pimps’ protection model. SA clearly needs a new approach, namely, adopting the internationally successful Nordic model of prostitution law reform. This Equality Model decriminalises the selling of sex, criminalises the buying of sex and provides real exit strategies for prostituted people. The Nordic model has been adopted in Sweden, Norway, Iceland, Canada, Northern Ireland, France & Ireland, and comes into force in Israel in 2020.”
“The ACL calls on the SA Parliament to adopt this Model urgently.”