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MR: MPs’ prostitution policy aims could be achieved through Nordic model
· September 03, 2012 10:00 AM
For release: Monday, September 3, 2012
MPs’ prostitution policy aims could be achieved through Nordic model
The Australian Christian Lobby today reiterated the importance of the Liberal Government honouring its election promise to investigate the Nordic Model of prostitution regulation.
The call comes as Liberal Member for Jandakot Joe Francis declared a ban on prostitution ‘unworkable’ and Member for Morley Ian Britza expressed his concern about the safety of women involved in prostitution, expressing a strong desire to “protect those girls.”
“That’s the beauty of the Nordic Model,” ACL’s spokesperson for Human Trafficking and Prostitution Michelle Pearse said.
“The outcomes Mr Francis and Mr Britza are seeking can be achieved through the Nordic policy and certainly won’t be achieved by following the failures of legal brothels in the eastern States.
“In Sweden the purchase of sex is banned and the women involved in prostitution, often the victims of sexual assault and rape, are encouraged to leave the industry, an industry that is intrinsically linked with danger, abuse and human trafficking in its legal and illegal forms.
“Before the last election, Premier Colin Barnett promised the Christian constituency the Nordic Model would be investigated. It is a model that has successfully limited the despicable practice of human trafficking in Sweden and seen a drop in women entering prostitution.
“We are yet to see that promise honoured,” Ms Pearse said.
ACL encourages all Christians to make their views known to their MPs but Ms Pearse emphasised the importance of engaging in the political process in a way that is respectful and honouring to all involved saying civility is the key to persuasive political engagement.
Countries that have adopted legislation similar to the Nordic Model –
MR: ACL welcomes Labor support for repealing prostitution laws
· August 28, 2012 10:00 AM
Tuesday, 28 August, 2012
The Australian Christian Lobby today applauded the comments of the WA shadow attorney-general John Quigley as he promised opposition support in repealing Labor’s micro-brothel legislation of 2008.
“We would not permit micro-brothels to run next to residences, full stop,” the shadow attorney-general has reportedly said.
ACL’s Western Australian Director Rhys Vallance said prostitution was inherently damaging and exploitative whether in a micro or macro brothel.
“We are pleased the opposition has vowed never to return to its very unpopular legislation,” Mr Vallance said.
“What disappoints me though is the Liberal government’s continued push to legalise brothels in so called tolerance zones.
“Evidence from around the world shows the increase in the demand for prostituted women resulting from legalised prostitution creates the perfect conditions for human trafficking and exploitation of vulnerable women,” he said.
“Governments around the world have tried many different models and still struggle to control prostitution.
“The best model is that of Sweden and now other Nordic countries where the purchase of sex is made illegal and the purchaser is penalised.
“The Premier promised the Christian constituency he would investigate the Swedish model at the last state election,” said Mr Vallance.
“We are yet to see this promise fulfilled and the longer we wait, the more likely the current bill before parliament will become as unpopular as the previous legislation now to be repealed.”
MR: Police wrong on brothels
· August 14, 2012 10:00 AM
Tuesday, 14th August, 2012
The Australian Christian Lobby said Tasmania Police had missed an opportunity to promote long-lasting change for the community by backing the legalisation and regulation of the sex industry in its submission to the Justice Department consultation on prostitution.
ACL’s Tasmanian Director Mark Brown said Queensland Police had adopted a similar approach prior to brothels being legalised in that state in 1999, but by any measure this approach had been a failure.
“Ninety-percent of prostitution remains unregulated in Queensland despite assurances that it would protect those involved in the trade,” Mr Brown said.
“Legalising brothels only leads to an increase in the number of women involved in prostitution, both legal and illegal. Even in the legal sector, the high risks associated with prostitution can never be eliminated.”
Mr Brown said we should never give legislative license to a trade that exposed women to such high rates of physical and sexual violence.
“In what other industry are 60-75 per cent of the workers raped, 70-95 per cent physically assaulted and 68 per cent sufferers of post traumatic stress disorder in the same range as ‘treatment seeking combat veterans’?” Mr Brown said.
“The only approach to the sex trade that has been proven to reduce the demand for prostitution, and therefore the number of vulnerable women and children trapped in the trade, was the Nordic approach,” Mr Brown said.
First implemented in Sweden, this approach criminalises the purchaser of sex and seeks to free women from the inherently harmful and exploitative trade.
“The success of this approach is clear by its adoption in other countries such as Norway, Iceland, and South Korea,” Mr Brown said.
Although this approach was at first met with criticism by the Swedish police, they now consider that the approach works well and has led to a reduction in illegal prostitution and sex trafficking.
Mr Brown said there is no evidence to suggest the Nordic approach has driven sex work “underground” as claimed by some submitters to the Justice Department consultation.
MR: Tas Govt right to link legal brothels to demand for prostituted women
· April 02, 2011 11:00 AM
For release: Saturday April 2, 2011
Today’s report that the Tasmanian Labor Government’s Attorney General David Bartlett does not favour legal brothels because they increase demand for prostituted women and don’t protect the vulnerable shows political leaders are waking up to the failure of normalising the sex trade in other States.
The Australian Christian Lobby’s spokesperson for human trafficking Michelle Pearse said wherever in the world, including numerous Australian States, brothels had been legalised illegal prostitution had also flourished.
“The only policy approach that has reduced demand for prostituted women has been the Swedish model which has now been taken up by Norway, Iceland and South Korea – countries which have had serious problems with human trafficking,” Ms Pearse said.
“The Swedish model does not make it a crime for a woman to be a prostitute but it does criminalise men for buying a woman for sex.
“This has dramatically reduced demand for prostituted women in Sweden with street prostitution falling by 80pc and trafficking of women to just 400 compared to 1700 in neighbouring Finland.”
Mr Bartlett told
The Launceston Examiner
"...if we want to reduce demand for the sex industry in Tasmania ... a proliferation of legal brothels I don't think achieves that."
Ms Pearse said police investigations in Melbourne into a trafficking ring run from legal brothels, the death of a 17 year old girl from a drug overdose in a legal brothel in Canberra and the fact that after 10 years of regulated brothels in Queensland 90pc of the sex trade remained in the illegal sector showed legalisation had been a failure.
It was ironic that despite national and international evidence that legal brothels only compound the harm of prostitution, some State Governments such as the WA Government were still considering legal brothels.
“Women will continue to be harmed and trafficked until State Governments begin to address the demand side by cracking down on men instead of women who are the victims of what is an inherently exploitative and unequal industry.”
Contact: Katherine Spackman on 0408 875 979
New Tasmanian premier behind laws of concern to Christians
· January 27, 2011 11:00 AM
Tasmania’s new Premier Lara Giddings is the architect of a raft of proposed law changes of concern to Christians.
As Attorney General, she flagged surrogacy for same-sex couples, euthanasia, a charter of rights and legal brothels for Parliamentary debate this year.
Given these are also supported by the Greens, which share Government with Labor in Tasmania, ACL will be working hard to activate Christians to the injustices that stem from these agendas to children and other vulnerable members of society.
Ms Giddings replaces David Bartlett who stepped down to spend more time with his family.
ACL was disappointed last year when then Mr Barlett went back on his word and formed the minority government with the Greens after the March 2010 election. He had said on the
: “Because a back room deal with the Greens is a deal with the devil, and I'm am - am not going to sell my soul for the sake of remaining in power.”
During ACL’s Make It Count forum before the 2010 election, Mr Bartlett had made a commitment to further examine the Swedish model for criminalising men for purchasing sex, rather than legalising brothels. The ACL hopes Ms Giddings will honour this commitment.
Parramatta’s stand a ray of hope amid tragic news of underage prostitution
· October 21, 2010 11:00 AM
Amid more tragic news about underage girls being forced into prostitution comes a ray of hope this week, with Parramatta City Council deciding to defy the NSW Government by voting to ban all brothels and sex-related services as an acceptable land use. ACL is urging all other Australian councils to follow their lead – click
to read more.
Legalising brothels has been a clear failure everywhere it has occurred and Government policies which force brothels on unwilling communities are yet another example of this failure. Despite all the claims, legalising and regulating brothels does nothing to prevent child exploitation or harm against women.
This is further evidenced by heart-breaking news of a mother on the NSW south coast who has been found guilty of forcing her 16-year-old daughter to work as a prostitute. Click
for more details.
Meanwhile, ACL has this week voiced concerns that genuine solutions to stop child prostitution in Tasmania could be ‘swept under the carpet’ following the Government’s decision not to re-appoint Paul Mason as Children’s Commissioner when his term expires tomorrow (Friday).
In a recent report, Mr Mason made a number of worthwhile recommendations which put the welfare of vulnerable children above bureaucracy and vested interests in response to the appalling case of a 12-year-old girl being prostituted to more than 100 men. ACL is concerned about what will now become of these recommendations. Click
for more details.
All councils urged to follow Parramatta’s lead in banning brothels
· October 19, 2010 11:00 AM
The Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) today congratulated Parramatta City Council for voting to ban all brothels and sex-related services as an acceptable land use and urged all other Australian councils to follow their lead.
ACL’s spokesperson on women’s issues, Michelle Pearse, said Parramatta City Council had taken a clear stand in favour of the best interests of the local community by becoming the first council in NSW to defy the NSW Government’s planning requirements which impose brothels on local communities despite compelling social concerns.
“It is wrong for State Governments in places such as NSW, Queensland and Victoria to force councils to assess brothels solely in terms of planning requirements and to make them ignore the wider social effects of approving brothels and the deplorable impact on the local character of the neighbourhood.
“Legalising brothels has been a clear failure everywhere it has occurred and Government policies which force brothels on unwilling communities are yet another example of this failure. Research has shown that legalising brothels only increases harm to women and children by causing a massive expansion of the industry – including tripling the number of illegal brothels,” Ms Pearse said.
“For example, after ten years of licensed brothels in Queensland under the Prostitution Act 1999, ‘90% of prostitution remains unregulated’ according to a report
Human Trafficking Working Group of the University of Queensland
“At the same time, legalising brothels has led to State endorsement of brothels being inflicted on communities despite their concerns.”
Ms Pearse said that according to a Law and Sex Worker Health Team (LASH) survey of urban councils in Sydney, the demand for brothels is growing faster than the number of approvals. “Wherever brothels are decriminalised, the demand for paid sex will continue to grow. Governments need to recognise the harm this is having on society and to the women involved and take a tougher stance against the purchase of sex.”
Ms Pearse said that, instead of pursuing a failed policy initiative, State Governments should be considering the Swedish model of prostitution control which treats prostitution as a form of abuse against women and prosecutes the purchaser of sex.
“Just recently the Tasmanian Children’s Commissioner referred to the need to consider such moves in his report dealing with the case of a 12-year-old girl who had been prostituted to more than 100 men.
“Governments need to have a complete rethink on this issue and Parramatta City Council has had good reason to defy such policies. We urge all other councils who genuinely value ratepayers’ concerns to follow Parramatta’s lead.”
Media Contact: Glynis Quinlan on 0408 875 979
Underage prostitution case raises questions about brothel’s role
· July 28, 2010 10:00 AM
The appalling news that a mother has been charged with sending her 16-year-old daughter to work as a prostitute at a brothel in Sydney's eastern suburbs raises serious questions not only about the depths society is sinking to, but also the role of the brothel in this issue. Please click
to read more details about this issue in
ACL asks what action has been taken to investigate the brothel over allegedly allowing an underage girl to work there? Have there been other incidents of this happening at the brothel and surely consideration should be given to closing it down?
Media reports indicate that it was the girl’s father who raised the alarm and reported his former wife to the police. Why didn’t the brothel take any action? One wonders how long the alleged prostitution of this young girl would have gone on without the father’s intervention.
Distressingly, there seems to be more investigation going on into whether restaurants are serving alcohol to minors than there is into whether minors are engaging in dangerous sexual acts in brothels!
WA Government has not done its homework on dangerous brothel trade
· June 21, 2010 10:00 AM
June 21, 2010
The Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) is not satisfied the Barnett Government has met its election commitment to properly investigate the Swedish model of prostitution regulation, ACL WA Director Michelle Pearse said today.
With the Attorney General Christian Porter announcing today that brothels would be legalised in industrial and commercial areas, Mrs Pearse said Mr Porter must explain how State-sanctioned brothels could meet the most basic workplace health and safety standards.
“How would he protect young women from being recruited into the most dangerous profession on the planet?” Mrs Pease said. “WA is about to follow the failed experiments by Labor Governments in Queensland, the ACT and Victoria where legalised brothels have led to a massive expansion of the harmful sex trade in both its legal and illegal forms.”
Mrs Pearse said that recently an under-age girl died in a legal brothel in the ACT which underscored the implausibility of making work in brothels safe. “ACL opposes legalising brothels because of the dangers to young women and believes the law should target the demand side of the sex trade which is the men who use prostituted women,” she said.
Mrs Pearse said that a report by the US Bureau of Public Affairs cited a study into the trauma prostituted women face and revealed that 60-75% of women in prostitution were raped, 70-95% were physically assaulted and 68% had post traumatic stress disorder in the same range as ‘treatment seeking combat veterans’. “Why would the WA Government sanction an industry where this occurs?”
The Federal Government has just launched a marketing campaign aimed at reducing violence in relationships. Mrs Pearse is asking the WA Government: “If Australia says ‘No’ to violence against women than why would the Government seek to sanction brothels where women are raped and assaulted? If the WA Government was truly seeking the best interests of the community, than they would not allow prostitution to occur in any area.”
At a public meeting arranged by federal member for Swan, Steve Irons, the Attorney General stated that he believed prostitution was ‘morally objectionable’. Mrs Pearse is questioning the rationale of the government in legalising an industry that is ‘morally objectionable’. “The reason that prostitution is morally objectionable is because it is an injustice to the women involved, and it is an injustice to the wives and families of the men who use prostituted women.”
Instead of legalising the industry, ACL is calling on the government to shut down all brothels and implement a law similar to Sweden’s, which penalises the buyer rather than the women who are exploited in the industry.
Legalising NT brothels a green light to harm and trafficking of women
· June 08, 2010 10:00 AM
The Northern Territory Government should not be beguiled by sex industry lobbies with benign sounding names into legalising brothels in the Top End, the Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) said today.
Responding to a call from the NT Sex Workers Outreach Program for brothels to be opened, ACL Managing Director Jim Wallace said this has been a clear policy failure in other jurisdictions and that, instead, the NT Government should look at better ways of protecting women – such as the successful ‘Swedish model’ of managing prostitution.
“Legalising brothels does nothing to address the appalling exploitation of women in the sex industry, but instead dramatically increases the problem, as well as increasing trafficking in women,” Mr Wallace said. “In Victoria, NSW and Queensland it has led to a huge increase in prostitution and the number of illegal brothels has as much as tripled. Legalising brothels simply legitimises pimps, brothel owners and men who buy women for sex.”
Mr Wallace said that if the Northern Territory is considering legalising brothels it should closely consider the credible researched evidence and expert testimony about the real harm to women on a far greater scale which results.
For example, in a 2004 paper, Melissa Farley Ph.D., (Prostitution Research and Education), looked at examples from the 2003 New Zealand Prostitution Law and concluded: “Legal sex businesses provide locations where sexual harassment, sexual exploitation, and violence against women are perpetrated with impunity.
State-sponsored prostitution endangers all women and children in that acts of sexual predation are normalised.” A host of other research has similar findings.
However, Mr Wallace said the current situation in the NT where escort agencies are licensed is not working either, and he urged the NT Government to have a complete policy rethink on this issue. He said that the ‘Swedish model’ has been shown to significantly reduce the number of women involved in prostitution and the number of men purchasing sex - providing a far better alternative.
Mr Wallace said that Sweden came to realise that legalising the sex trade had resulted in a major increase in the number of women being trafficked into the country. By 1999 the Swedish Government dramatically altered its position by taking the view that buying sex promotes exploitation and is violence against women. The Government therefore decided to criminalise the purchase of sex and the ownership of brothels.
The new laws saw the number of women involved in prostitution cut by twothirds, reduced the number of men buying sex by 80 per cent, and led to a huge drop in the number of women trafficked into the country for sexual purposes.
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