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MR: Legalising brothels not the answer to protecting women in WA
· April 08, 2013 10:00 AM
Monday, April 8, 2013
The Australian Christian Lobby today backed a push to oppose the reintroduction of legislation legalising brothels in Western Australia.
“Legalising brothels is a failed experiment and we know there is a link between legal brothels and human trafficking,” said Wendy Francis, ACL spokesperson on Prostitution and Human Trafficking.
“There is a disproportionate number of overseas and overseas-born women in prostitution and many have limited English skills which should send alarm bells to society.
“The 2010 The Sex Industry in Western Australia report showed that about half of prostituted men and women in Perth were not born in Australia and almost one in five rated their skills as ‘fair’ or ‘poor’.
“Increasingly we’re hearing stories of women being trafficked to Australia from south-east Asia and sold for sex. Only last year 18 men in South Korea were arrested for pimping women to Sydney and Melbourne,” she said.
Mrs Francis welcomed comments from Member for Southern River Peter Abetz for the government to send a delegation to Sweden to investigate the Nordic approach when it comes to prostitution reform which criminalises the purchase of sex and tackles the demand from ‘Johns’.
“ACL has made many submissions state and territory parliaments in Australia advocating this approach, but the best thing would be for Western Australian MPs to visit Sweden and see for themselves how it’s impacted society and the number of women being trafficked to the country.
Christian leaders raised the Nordic model with the Premier Colin Barnett and Opposition leader Mark McGowan at a pre-election forum attended by 800 people in February.
Mr Barnett encouraged MPs to use their travel entitlement to investigate the Nordic approach.
'The Government should send a delegation to Nordic and other countries which have adopted this successful policy approach to a difficult issue,' Ms Francis said.
“If Australia is really concerned about equality between men and women then prostitution reform is one area where we can encourage a healthy view of womanhood where they’re not viewed as objects available on demand for men’s pleasure,” she said.
ACL appears at NSW inquiry into human trafficking and exploitation of women
· December 20, 2012 11:00 AM
If the NSW Government wants to tackle the state’s human trafficking problem, it must seriously consider banning the purchase of sex.
That was the message from ACL’s David Hutt and Daniel Simon as they appeared before the Community Relations Commission’s inquiry into human trafficking and the exploitation of women in Sydney on Wednesday, December 19.
NSW Director David Hutt told the inquiry that prostitution was an industry that exploited women and was driving a demand for trafficked women.
Daniel Simon, ACL’s Research Officer, spoke to the inquiry about the successful approach adopted by Sweden and a growing list of countries that prohibits the purchasing of sex.
New South Wales is the only state in Australia where prostitution operates on a decriminalised model. The government is currently considering establishing a brothel licensing regime.
ACL argued that research from around the world had shown that introducing brothel licensing would not stem the tide of women being trafficked in Sydney.
The inquiry was established after reports the government of South Korea believes there to be as many as one thousand Korean women trafficked in Australia at any given moment.
Human trafficking and the slave trade is the equal second largest criminal industry in the world – tied with the illegal arms trade. Both the United Nations and the US State Department have identified Australia as a destination for human trafficking.
River of Life Conference, May 9-10th 2013
· December 05, 2012 11:00 AM
A Citywide Inter-denominational Christian Conference
In May 2013 citywide Churches, Christian organisations and Christians in the Marketplace are delighted to bring Dr David Yonggi Cho to Melbourne for the River of Life Conference.
The purpose of the two-day conference on
Thursday 9 and Friday10 May 2013
is to " To accelerate the capacity of the 21st Century church to bless the city and nation".
Today the Australian church is immersed in a world that is experiencing massive social, technological, economic, military and environmental changes. During similar times of uncertainty in South Korea Dr Cho started from humble beginnings to help grow the Christian population of South Korea to over 30%. Today we need similar hope and inspiration for the Australian church in the 21st century.
Many people can teach principles of leadership
but what we need is growth in faith
. Dr Cho has raised the faith of the church during previous visits to Australia and this conference will raise our faith capacity to live out the Christian faith in our everyday world.
The ACL is partner of this event and will be a conference exhibitor on Friday, May 10th.
Bookings for the event are filling up fast with 90% of the bookings sold for the Thursday.
For more information and to register visit
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: 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.
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