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Sunday, 1 January 2012

An Australian sex worker speaks out ....

The terrific blog 'Laura's Diary' carries a guest post from Ari Reid, who is the Vice-President of Scarlet Alliance, Australian Sex Workers Association.  She advances a concise but clear case for decriminalisation of sex work/prostitution in South Australia.  Well worth a read.

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Elly said...

happy new year.

It's a good post but doesn't mention clients except in passing.

In Scandanavia, sex work is decriminalised but clients are criminalised and it isn't clear if she is asking for this model or not.

Bob said...

Elly, the criminalisation of clients drives sex work underground and endangers and further marginalises sex workers. It also denies sex worker agency and autonomy and infantalises those women and men who choose to sell sex. Scarlet Alliance by no means supports the Swedish model. They advocate the decriminalisation of the sex industry.

Chris Ashford said...

You're right Elly but she does indicate that she's using New Zealand as the comparator which takes a different approach to Sweden. Check out the legislation: http://www.legislation.govt.nz/act/public/2003/0028/latest/DLM197815.html

Chris Ashford said...

...and thanks Bob, your comment crossed with my own :-)

Elly said...

Thanks Bob I know. I hate the Scandanavian model but I didn't think the post was clear enough. And it didn't mention the benefits to clients of decriminalisation. I think they get lost in the story sometimes.

Chris Ashford said...

Another aspect to throw in the pot is this report from the New Zealand Prostitution Licensing Authority exploring the Swedish model. It perhaps helps explain the way the debate is now being framed in South Australia:

http://www.pla.qld.gov.au/Resources/PLA/reportsPublications/documents/THE%20BAN%20ON%20PURCHASING%20SEX%20IN%20SWEDEN%20-%20THE%20SWEDISH%20MODEL.pdf

 
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