The Victorian police are to be given new rights to ‘crack down’ on illegal brothels. Citing that Melbourne had a ‘booming illegal sex trade’ and that illegal brothels posed serious risk to the community because illegal brothels promoted abuse of women, tax avoidance, illegal immigration and health risks due to unprotected sex among other things. Cracking down on sex slavery is one thing but this is not whats going on overall.
I’d just like to say; if the government thinks that a return to the misogynistic, whorephobic and violent Vice Squad style of policing the underground sex industry is going to help women- they are deadly wrong- and it’s going to destroy and hurt many lives.
This isn’t about helping women. Sex slaves or freely and happily working.
It’s about getting rid of ‘illegals’ and ‘undesirables’ (Generally poor and abused women from Asian countries who want a better life but can’t get visas as they aren’t doctors/nurses/teachers/tradies- which is all we are taking in.)
It’s about taxing an underclass to death for jobs that already pay much less than they should so that life is unbearable and it makes legal work like prostitution not worth the tiny scrap of money you’ll have left over after tax worth it.
It’s about keeping women under the hand of oppressive “regulators” (pimps and brothel pimps) and keeping their pockets well filled, while stealing that money from workers. “Regulators” who in Victoria take MASSIVE and unfair cuts from women’s pay in exchange for little more than a legal venue to work in (often they take more than 50-60% of what they charge clients for the woman’s time- google-fu Melbourne brothels and see), making it unprofitable or unworth working in a ‘legal’ sexual; service venue. Many of whom force workers into contracts stating where else they can and can not work, taking advantage of women and smothering them.
It’s about fear mongering and then ‘fixing’ the ‘moral’ problem to ‘protect’ the public from its pearl clutching against many poor women who are just trying to get by but who are tired of Victoria’s nonsensical and grey-area laws regarding private sex work, who are tired of having over 50% of their hard earned money taken from legal pimps who give fuck all in return BEFORE tax, and who are tired of being discriminated against for being a sex worker even when it’s legal by almost every industry.
As such they decide not to register as prostitutes, work for a ‘safe and legal’ pimp, decide to work for themselves or privately for an amount that is actually fair and reasonable for the work they do, not pay a huge lump sum of unfair tax for services they will not be allowed to use because they are part of a legal but disliked profession and as such are legally discriminated against.
Going after illegal brothels in the business of sex slavery is different, but over all this is not what it’s about at all. They should stop pretending this is about anything but hatred of illegal immigrants and underclass, making more tax money, fattening the pay packets of pimps and publicity at the expense of real people. I say;
NO RETURN OF THE VICE SQUAD!