#1096 for broadcast on 2CH Sydney, 5 July 2015
Every day, people are distracted by well-meaning but misguided ideas.
An example is the Sex Work Decriminalisation Bill, introduced in the South Australian Legislative Council last week, ostensibly in the name of enlightened freedom, which would repeal all protections for sex workers.
Family Voice Australia research officer Ros Phillips said if passed, the bill “would repeal laws against pimping and procuring. There would be no limits on brothels or street prostitution [and] it would be open slather for exploiters.”
She urged the bill’s author, Michelle Lensink, to learn from New Zealand, which passed similar legislation in 2003, and where three street prostitutes had been murdered since the law was passed, compared with none in living memory previously.
South Australia, and all Australian states, would do well to follow the example of Canada and France, which recently adopted the Nordic model of prostitution law, prosecuting exploiters and assisting sex workers to exit the industry.
I’m Rod Benson for the NSW Council of Churches.