“An article on the news.com.au website on 3 January perpetuates some false beliefs about the prostitution trade,” FamilyVoice research officer Ros Phillips said today.
“The article promotes the pro-decriminalisation views of the Scarlet Alliance – a lobby group for the sex industry. There was no mention of Nordic model laws operating in a growing number of countries around the world. These laws have cut sex trafficking dramatically by banning the buying of sex, and helping sex workers quit their harmful trade.”
Ros Phillips said the “legal violent customer” scenario, used by the Scarlett Alliance to support sex trade decriminalisation, could not have occurred under Nordic laws.
“One of the reasons for the recent NSW government inquiry into prostitution law has been the growing lawlessness of pimps, madams and procurers under New South Wales’s decriminalised system,” she said. “Sex trafficking is rife. Local councils cannot cope. The NSW sex industry is out of control. Sadly, the NSW inquiry report recommendations fall far short of the mark.”
In South Australia, where pimps and brothels are illegal (but prostitution per se is not), a parliamentary committee is considering a bill to decriminalise all forms of the trade including “open slather” street prostitution.
“I hope MPs will recognise the vested interests involved in this debate – and ask themselves why it is only Nordic model laws that have turned the tide of sex slavery and sex trafficking that is engulfing many other nations today,” she said.
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