Odd political stance for a nanny state…
Prostitution is already legal in Aus, and the framework by which it’s legal under now seems to make more sense than this. In Aus, street hooking is illegal, the exchange of selling sex for money however isn’t… So long as strict criteria are met
Escorts need a license from the government, they’re subjected to rigorous health checks and sexual intercourse must be conducted with protection. The other avenue is licensed, government regulated brothels that are subject to check-ups, scrutiny. This is kept out of eye from the general public, and it works
Not to say the industry isn’t a seedy, rather exploitative one that takes advantage of young, vulnerable women. But within this paradigm since sex work was legalised decades ago pimping has fallen out of the picture, rates of sexual violence, battery etc has drastically fallen, as has STD transmission. It has also reduced incarceration rates
Street prostitution… Now why do we need to legalise that? But at the same time this government quashed an inquiry that recommended decriminalizing minor pot possession. I can’t for the life of me figure out why this is a good idea. It opens up a paradigm associated with pimping, it’s also not exactly “child friendly”… Then again the entire CBD after dark prior to covid wasn’t exactly child friendly.
They ought to set up red light districts like NSW did in king’s Cross (though king’s Cross is no more), wall of the region’s to which this kind of stuff is allowed if it’s going to be in public view.
The only reason I’m on the fence about this is… If in the rare instance a girl is pimped, and caught soliticing on the street I don’t think she ought to be punished… It’s the person trafficking the girl who needs to be heinously punished
Should note decrim here generally = removal of all penalties associated with the act. Not replacing a criminal penalty with a civil one.
If Vic is going to do this they ought to follow NSW’s motto of opening red light districts that don’t extend out of the bounds by which they’re confined too.
Much of the industry bypasses regulatory measures now… But not to the extent of street hooking. I asked around about this a while back, the rule is private escorts theoretically aren’t allowed to host customers at a property of their choosing… But they do… So why not just decriminalize that?
Imo the goal should be to reduce harm associated with the industry (sexual violence, trafficking, exploitation) whilst simultaneously discouraging recruitment. Those who with to make an independently formed decision and enter the sex industry ought to be able to, but it shouldn’t be encouraged. A lot of people tend to start working in this industry to pay off university tuition and avoid crippling debt. You can work elsewhere, but the money doesn’t compare.