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New study shows legal brothels linked with sex trafficking
Wednesday, October 3, 2012

FamilyVoice Australia has called for debate on the SA Sex Work Reform Bill to be deferred, following the release of a new study showing a link between legalising or decriminalising the sex trade and sex trafficking.

The Australian (3/10/12) reported that as many as 2000 women, mainly Asian, are trafficked to Australia each year.  Most are forced to work in legal brothels in Sydney and Melbourne, according to a five year study conducted by Associate Professor Julie Hepworth and others: http://www.news.com.au/national/trafficked-women-forced-into-brothels/story-fndo4eg9-1226486787059 

FamilyVoice SA state officer David d’Lima has written to all SA state MPs, recommending that debate on the Sex Work Reform Bill be deferred while a parliamentary inquiry is set up.

“All models of prostitution law operating around the world today should be investigated,” David d’Lima said.   “The inquiry should determine which model is most effective in dealing with prostitution problems such as sex trafficking,” David d’Lima said.

“The five models currently in operation are:
 Criminalisation (eg most US states)
 Suppression (eg South Australia, the UK)
 Legalisation (eg Victoria, Queensland)
 Decriminalisation (eg NSW, New Zealand)
 Nordic model (eg Sweden, Norway)”


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