Empowering young Australians to be a clear Christian voice
Brent Stirton’s photo of a sex worker topped the Contemporary Issues Singles category of the 2012 World Press Photo competition.
According to Getty Images, the photo features “Maria, a drug addict and sex worker, in between clients in a room she rents in Ukraine. Maria injects drugs on a daily basis and sees many men every week but claims she remains HIV negative. She says she needs the money to support herself, her drug habit, and her nine-year-old daughter.”
As Tasmania considers prostitution law reform, we would do well to ponder: is Maria an image of what we want our women to become?
Legalising brothels would send the wrong message to our children and condone an “industry” that is built on exploitation.
It is still not too late for you to make a stand in Tasmania – but you only have two weeks left! If you wish to stop brothels from being legalised and encourage the Tassie government to adopt the Swedish model instead, please send a submission to email@example.com before 9 March 2012 (guidelines can be found here: Say NO to legal brothels in Tasmania!
Keep Maria and others like her in your prayers, that they may find freedom.