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MR: Brothel work not like Maccas
· August 02, 2013 10:00 AM
For release: Saturday, 3rd August 2013
The Queensland Government should reject the latest push by the sex industry to further normalise prostitution, according to the Australian Christian Lobby.
"Unlike the claims made on ABC1's 7:30 last night, working in prostitution is not like working at Maccas," ACL Queensland Director Wendy Francis said.
Despite former Premier Peter Beattie's assurance that his brothel laws would be the toughest in the country, the sex industry keeps coming back asking for them to be weakened, Ms Francis said.
Ms Francis said studies showed that Mr Beattie's promise to make prostitution safe by regulating it had failed because the illegal sector exceeded the regulated sector and continued to grow.
"We were promised an end to the bad old pre-Fitzgerald days of the Moonlight State if we legalised brothels.
"Instead, we have more prostituted women than ever being put in harms' way.
"Providing a legal alternative has not reduced prostitution and giving legal brothels the ability to send young women out alone to the men who purchase them will not enhance safety."
Ms Francis agreed with calls to decriminalise prostitution but only if it became a criminal offence for a man to purchase a woman.
"Unless demand for prostituted women is targeted, both local and trafficked women will continue to be exploited and harmed in the legal and illegal sex industry."
Ms Francis said several Nordic countries were now less attractive markets for sex traffickers because the law targeted demand.
"The Queensland Government and the Crime and Misconduct Commission should send a delegation to Sweden, Norway and Iceland to investigate the success of this policy approach," Ms Francis said.
Tell Australian Women's Weekly not to promote the exploitation of women
· March 06, 2013 11:00 AM
Popular women’s magazine the Australian Women’s Weekly (AWW) has changed its focus recently, with its latest March issue cover promoting highly sexualised content. Headlines such as “Lust in the dust” and “When sex is your day job” are advancing a dangerously sexualised culture in our society, the latter being a feature article in the issue promoting the normalisation and attractiveness of prostitution
You can read a section of the article online
Prostitution is a social harm and experts agree. Dr Caroline Norma, lecturer at the School of Global Studies, Social Science & Planning at RMIT University says:
There now exists a mountain of empirical research, not only from feminist social scientists, but also from psychologists, clinicians, nurses, anthropologists and economists, of the harms of prostitution for women. These harms include post-traumatic stress disorder, genital and other physical injuries, pregnancy, depression and anxiety, and social isolation. Overwhelmingly, the social science and health literature condemns prostitution as a source of harm to women, as well as children.” Read her opinion piece in The Age
The Australian Christian Lobby believes there needs to be sound policy planning for programs and initiatives to assist women to leave the sex industry and to re-build lives that reflect their own worth. ACL has been advocating strongly for Australian governments to adopt the Nordic model of prostitution reform, which criminalises the purchase of sex.
ACL presented evidence linking legalised prostitution and sex trafficking
to the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade. In the same year, ACL’s NSW Director
David Hutt appeared before the Community Relations Commission’s inquiry
into human trafficking and the exploitation of women in Sydney, where he argued that prostitution was an industry that exploited women and was driving a demand for trafficked women. ACL also argued that research from around the world had shown the success of the Swedish approach that prohibits the purchasing of sex.
The case of a man slashing an escort worker with a samurai sword in Melbourne last year highlights the need for urgent prostitution law reform to stop women being exposed to harm and injury in extremely vulnerable situations.
We encourage you to write to the editor of the AWW voicing your disagreement with their support of the objectification and exploitation of women.
To do so, email firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Bronwen Healy's interview at the ACL QLD Conference
· August 15, 2011 10:00 AM
Bronwen Healy is the founder of the Hope Foundation and is a self-published author of a book "Trophy of Grace" which accounts her life and rehabilitation from drug addiction and the sex industry. Click
to hear her interview with Nexus Church's Ruth Limkin at the ACL Queensland Conference.
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