Full decriminalisation of the sex industry is a step backwards

The Andrews Labor Proposed reforms to the sex industry in Victoria intended to help women are likely to have the opposite effect, Tegan Larin writes.

Prostitution has been regulated as work in Victoria since 1994, and in New South Wales since 1995, yet there has been little to no improvement. Studies of the sex industry in Australian jurisdictions where it is legalised and decriminalised consistently show unacceptable levels of violence and exploitation. Women working under a decriminalised model in Sydney consider murder to be part of the job and regard rape and assault as commonplace.

In the #MeToo era, sexual harassment, sexual objectification and gender inequality are being called out everywhere, except for in prostitution. We are abandoning the majority of women in the sex industry who would leave if they could.

Source: Full decriminalisation of the sex industry is a step backwards – Policy Forum

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