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NSW brothel laws: a third way needed!
Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Most sex workers suffer PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)  


The NSW government will keep its flawed brothel laws based on a decriminalisation model, even though local councils want more power to regulate the out-of-control industry.

“A recent NSW inquiry report recommended a brothel licensing system, but the government is right to reject that model,” FamilyVoice research officer Ros Phillips said today.  “Like decriminalising, licensing allows illegal brothels to proliferate – as Victoria has found. 

“What NSW – and every state – needs is a third way: the Nordic model of prostitution law.  It is the only system that has successfully reduced the exploitation and human trafficking associated with the sex trade worldwide.”

The Nordic model recognises the damage done to sex workers, whether as an “escort”, or in a legal or illegal brothel, or on the street.  Research has found that two thirds of prostitutes suffer Post Traumatic Stress Disorder – a higher rate than Vietnam veterans (20-30%) and far higher than the general population (5%).

“No legal industry should cause this degree of harm,” Ros Phillips said.  “That is why the Nordic model penalises exploiters, including those buying, or attempting to buy, sexual services.  It also provides support for workers who want to quit their damaging occupation.

“Just one month ago, France became the latest country to adopt the Nordic model, after trying the others.  New South Wales and the other states would do well to follow suit!”


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