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“The laws untold story”- Garbage response to Aus public wanting harsher sentencing
Hey, In your opinion will legalizing prostitution decrease sex trafficking? I know this is a broad topic but I was curious about your view on this subject. Thank you:
Yes and no. In my country prostitution is legal (Australia), however we still have sex trafficking, mainly of young Asian women. I largely beleive this is because:
1) Customer demand for women seen as ‘compliant’
2) Customer demand for women whom they can be violent towards.
3) Racialized ideas that Asian women have certain qualities (eg, they are more compliant and will accept abuse without or with little complaint.)
4) No help, education, consideration or incentive for women who are in (or where in) sexual slavery to come forward or leave. In fact- even for a women who was able to get free, knew where to get help and was able to communicate her needs there is almost no incentive. Sex workers who even go as far as to help officials catch and convict the traffickers are often
- criminalized and/or
- DEPORTED, or
- Placed into detention centers with other people who are having their refugee status processed- a process which can take up to 7 years.
This is an admitted systematic failure of our government- Such hard and enforced laws and investigations to find and destroy the sex trade while providing no assistance (instead, punishment) to highly traumatized sex slaves, who often can not go back to their country or don’t wish too out of fear of social stigma and abuse, fear of being re-trafficked or killed for having information which could be used against slavers, among other things.
5) While prostitution is legal, it is heavily stigmatized and there is not enough people willing to work in the industry. This is for a number of reasons including but not limited too:
I think legalization minimizes sex slavery and human trafficking, and if there was less stigma, harassment and discrimination against legal sex workers we would have much less of an issue. However, sex slavery isn’t something I think will ever fully go away based on the legality of the sex trade.People who knowingly visit sex slaves in this country and who hold racist and fetishized ideals of those slaves aren’t just there for sex. The price for them isn’t cheaper than a street worker, or a legal brothel worker. They ‘see’ these enslaved women because they are deeply and most likely unconsciously racist, they want to be able to exert power and dominance mentally and physically, and want to be able to bully someone into doing illegal and dangerous sex-work activities (like not using a condom, swallowing semen or body fluids etc).
- You can be legally discriminated against by anyone and any organization including banks, real estate, health care providers, courts and legal services etc- even though your job is 100% legal and you pay tax.
- The way legalization is conducted means women must work at brothels or have their own registered premises (which is basically IMPOSSIBLE). Work from your home, work from a hotel etc is technically illegal because it’s not a registered place, and councils will not let people register homes. This effectively forces sex workers to work for pimps- brothel owners, who will take LARGE cuts of earnings for providing nothing but space, or it forces them to break the law should they wish to earn a fair living.
- Taxation- Even though sex workers pay tax they are at a higher instance of being investigated for tax fraud and being charged because they generally work in cash. It’s just widely believed sex workers are liars, cheats and scum, and even though who are perfectly on the books are at risk of heavy fines and discrimination.
- Stigma and misinformed stereotypes that all sex workers are slaves, drug addicts, have low self esteem, drinkers, irresponsible, disease ridden, unable or undeserving of privacy and to have children.
- New laws- There are new laws coming into effect in this country will effectively push most legal, tax paying sex workers underground. If you’d like to read more see my post here.
The legality of something doesn’t stop slavery. Otherwise not only would we not have any sex slaves, we wouldn’t have domestic, hospitality or construction/labor slaves. All those jobs are legal and easy for international students and travelers to get, yet there is still a considerable amount of slaves forced to work in those fields.
Melbourne pro-choice feminists:
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AUSTRALIAN FEMINISTS: Protest against Aus’s biggest anti-choice rally!
Bringing back ‘Vice Squad’ style policing has nothing to do with helping women and everything to do with hating them, fear mongering and money.
Gay Australian Federal Finance Minister and partner are starting a family