“I congratulate the group of Aussie MPs from the ACT, WA and Victoria who are embarking on a prostitution law fact-finding tour in France, Sweden and South Korea,” FamilyVoice research officer Ros Phillips said today.
“These countries, as well as Iceland and Norway, now punish the buyers of sex and actively help sex workers quit the industry and rebuild their lives. In Sweden, street prostitution has halved as a result. Sweden now has the lowest number of trafficking victims in the EU.”
Recently, the European Union also voted in favour of a proposal to criminalise buyers of sex, stressing that "prostitution violates human dignity and human rights, whether it is forced or voluntary, and calls on member states to find exit strategies and alternative sources of income for women who want to leave prostitution”.
In Canada, some MPs are strongly advocating the “Nordic” model laws, first introduced in Sweden 15 years ago.
“The harm caused by prostitution to women, girls and vulnerable populations is well-documented. It is time for Australia to take action!” Ros Phillips said.
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