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In this week's edition, ACL's Katherine Spackman talks about prostitution law reform, and the case of Meriam Ibrahim who is sentenced to death in Sudan for her Christianity.
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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 –
- South Korea
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.”