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Top End well placed to lead cultural shift on prostitution
· June 05, 2014 10:00 AM
I'm writing today's blog from Darwin where the government is considering the legalisation of brothels.
With mining and resources industries creating a fly-in-fly out workforce, the government is grappling with what to do about 10,000 supposedly unattached males with high disposable incomes.
The idea that a policy response might be to say yes to the entitlement mentality of men to women's bodies is something ACL and our supporters here are challenging.
This entitlement mentality has also been challenged overseas where countries such as Sweden do not allow men to buy women for sex.
It has been so successful in reducing the harm to women and the trafficking of women that many countries have now adopted the so-called Nordic model which criminalises the purchaser.
ACL supporters will recall that Wendy Francis recently travelled to Sweden with an Australian delegation to speak with government and police officials about the success of this policy.
The latest country to adopt a version of it is Canada which only this week tabled similar
, recognising that prostitution is an inherently dangerous occupation.
So why have so many Australian states legalised brothels and sanctioned the purchase of women?
The sex trade here is an influential lobby whose assumptions about prostitution being a relatively harmless profession that only needs regulating by the government have taken root in the minds of some, particularly in the media.
Unfortunately the result of legalising brothels in Victoria, Queensland, New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory has been more harm to women and an increase in the trafficking of women.
We were told a tightly regulated industry would deal with the harm and the criminality associated with prostitution but an increase in this has been the result, as ACL has demonstrated in many unchallenged submissions to parliamentary inquiries.
It is time to stop thinking about prostitution policy as a way of providing young women so they can be an outlet for the desires of men.
We are here in Darwin this week asking Northern Territory Parliamentarians to be bold enough to help us as a nation make this cultural shift.
A government discussion paper with recommendations is due to be released in coming months.
All Australians who are concerned for the dignity of women have an interest in how this unfolds.
In the meantime let's be prayerful and active in the debate.
MR: Victoria Police evidence shows link between sex trafficking and legalising prostitution
· May 09, 2013 10:00 AM
Thursday, 9th May 2013
The Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) says evidence given by the Victoria Police at a parliamentary inquiry shows there’s a link between sex trafficking and legalised brothels.
Victoria Police yesterday told the Parliamentary Inquiry into Slavery and People Trafficking Melbourne hearing that there is a large-scale human trafficking problem occurring in many licensed brothels in the state.
ACL’s Victorian Director Dan Flynn says the state government’s laws surrounding prostitution don’t deter human trafficking and a new legislative approach was needed.
“Victoria Police have told the inquiry that although many brothels don’t use trafficked women, there are still plenty where trafficking is occurring,” he said.
“Prostitution has been licensed in Victoria since 1984 and as long as the states continue to allow legalised prostitution, we will never see this issue disappear.
“If the government wants to tackle the growing sex trafficking problem, it must seriously consider tackling the demand for prostituted women.
“ACL has continually advocated for the government to adopt the Nordic approach to prostitution which criminalises the purchase of sex
“The results are promising; Sweden, for example, is now seen as an unfavourable destination for traffickers of women,” he said.
In November 2012, ACL presented evidence linking legalised prostitution and sex trafficking to the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade.
ACL’s Managing Director Lyle Shelton and Research Officer Daniel Simon argued that the existence of legal prostitution heightened demand for prostituted women and fostered an environment in which illegal prostitution and sex trafficking flourished.
to read ACL’s submission.
MR: Sex servitude conviction evidence of growing human trafficking problem
· April 03, 2013 11:00 AM
The conviction of a Sydney brothel owner for holding young Malaysian students in sex servitude demonstrates the need for tougher measures to combat human trafficking, the Australian Christian Lobby said.
ACL said the New South Wales Government's proposed brothel-licensing regime would not work and that the government needed to tackle the demand for prostituted and trafficked women if it was serious about ending human trafficking.
"Many people would find it hard to believe that in the 21st century girls in New South Wales are forced to work in sex slavery for up to 20 hours a day to pay off a $5,000 debt," ACL Human Trafficking spokesperson Wendy Francis said.
“The conviction of Chee Mei Wong’s has highlighted the ugly and brutal reality of human trafficking and the sex-slave trade.
“This is a scourge that cannot be ignored and the New South Wales Government needs to act urgently to tackle this problem,” she said.
ACL called on the New South Wales Government to adopt the successful approach pioneered in Sweden, implemented now by a growing list of countries, and prosecute the purchase of sex.
“New South Wales needs a brand new approach in dealing with these problems. Studies of the Swedish approach have shown the progress that can be made by criminalising the purchase of sex,” Ms Francis said.
ACL also called for local councils to be given the power to prohibit the establishment of brothels within its local government area.
Ms Francis said it was important to give local decision makers the power to reflect the concerns and wishes of their communities.
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