Empowering young Australians to be a clear Christian voice
The growth in sex trafficking in Queensland mining areas is a big concern (“Sex traffic ‘serious’ in mine towns”, 10/7).
Part of the problem is the law changes at the turn of the century, normalising prostitution by legalising brothels. Pimping and procuring are effectively legal too, unless some kind of inducement or undue influence is used – but these are very hard to prove in court. In the ACT, which legalised brothels in 1992, there has been only one conviction for sexual servitude – in May this year, 12 years after the law against it was passed.
Sex trafficking is a growing problem worldwide – especially in Europe where most countries have legal brothels.
Sweden bucked the trend in 1999. In addition to their laws against pimping, procuring and brothel-keeping, they added a ban on the buying of sex. They also offered sex workers practical help to quit. More countries are now following the example of Sweden, which has cut its sex trafficking rate by up to 50 per cent. Australian states would do well to follow suit.