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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.
NSW same-sex marriage inquiry told state doesn't have power to redefine marriage
· March 07, 2013 11:00 AM
A NSW parliamentary inquiry into same-sex marriage has been told the state government doesn't have the power to redefine marriage.
The NSW Parliament's Social Issues Committee held its first public hearings in Sydney yesterday. The Committee heard evidence from eminent constitutional and family law experts from across Australia.
University of Sydney law professor Patrick Parkinson told the inquiry the state government, "could not deliver what the [same-sex marriage] advocates want it to deliver."
Witnesses at yesterday's hearing described the serious and significant legal impediments preventing states from trying to go-it-alone on marriage laws.
A number of witnesses referred to a 2004 amendment to the federal Marriage Act which defined marriage as the union of a man and a woman. They argued the federal parliament had sought to "cover the field" and there was no room for states to redefine marriage.
Last year the Tasmanian parliament rejected a bill that sought to redefine marriage in that state. South Australia is also considering similar legislation.
The NSW inquiry will hold its second and final public hearing next week and is expected to present its final report by July 2013.
MR: Belgian euthanasia deaths a warning to Tasmanian legislators
· January 15, 2013 11:00 AM
For release: Tuesday, January 15th, 2013
The sad case of the death of the Belgian Verbassem twins should sound warning bells to Tasmanian legislators likely to be debating euthanasia again this year, according to the Australian Christian Lobby.
The deaf twins chose to be killed by legal euthanasia after learning that they were going blind, saying they’d have “nothing to live for” should they be kept alive.
ACL’s Tasmanian Director Mark Brown said their unfortunate deaths highlight the “slippery slope” experienced by the handful of countries that have legislated state-sanctioned killing.
“Where do you draw the line when what is termed “unbearable pain” is so arbitrary? Taking two years for the twins to find a doctor willing to perform euthanasia points to the fact that there were plenty of medical practitioners uncomfortable with the idea,” Mr Brown said.
Current Belgian law allows euthanasia if a patient is able to make their wishes clear and a doctor deems their condition unbearable. The Belgian government is now looking at amending legislation to also allow euthanasia of children and Alzheimer’s suffers.
“We see the same problem in the Netherlands where in a survey of 800 doctors, 20% agreed they would be willing to euthanize a patient who was “tired of living”.
“We urge the Tasmanian Government to focus its efforts toward improving palliative care not legalising euthanasia, which has been rejected time and again by fully constituted parliaments and parliamentary inquires around Australia,” Mr Brown said.
MR: ACL appears at Parliamentary inquiry into slavery, urges action on Nordic model to combat sex trafficking
· November 20, 2012 11:00 AM
For release: Tuesday, November 20, 2012
The Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) today presented evidence linking legalised prostitution and sex trafficking to the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade.
The Human Rights Sub-Committee is holding an Inquiry into Slavery, Slavery like conditions and People Trafficking in Australia.
ACL’s chief of Staff 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.
Mr Shelton said there was evidence of sex trafficking into legal and illegal brothels making Australia a favoured market for traffickers.
A 2012 University of Goettingen study of 150 nations ranked Australia as a high volume destination country for trafficking, particularly of women from Southeast Asia.
In 2004 the UK Home Office in its landmark study of global prostitution regulation noted that “Victoria and New South Wales were the two worst states for the abuse of children through prostitution. The trafficking of East Asian women for the purpose of prostitution was also found to be a growing problem.”
The Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency recently arrested 18 Korean pimps involved in the trafficking of Korean women into Australia.
As part of Australia’s efforts to reduce this problem, ACL recommended the Joint Select Committee consider the Nordic approach to prostitution, which criminalises the purchase of sex.
Under Swedish law, prostituted women are not criminally liable; it is the purchaser of sex who is committing the crime.
ACL presented evidence showing that the Nordic approach had made Sweden an unfavourable destination for traffickers of women.
“ACL submits that we cannot seriously tackle sex slavery into Australia until we join the dots between the legalisation of brothels and the demand this creates for trafficked women,” Mr Shelton said.
“We respectfully submit that pressure has to be put on State Governments to consider the Nordic policy approach in order to begin to address the scourge of sex slavery.”
to read ACL's submission.
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