I find the issue of legalising prostitution to be complex. It is on the socio-political agenda in Tasmania.
Prostitution of itself is the selling of a person’s body for the gratification of another without the inherent freely entered relationship of love. This ‘commoditisation’ of a person’s body dehumanises both the people involved.
And, yes, I know prostitution happens but I do not agree in prosecuting people who sell their bodies. The people I wish to stop are the ‘purchasers’ of another person’s body for their sexual gratification. I am slowly coming to the view that there is a better approach (Swedish Model) to this issue. More on that at some other time.
Returning to the idea of legalising prostitution in Tasmania. The Public Forum, Legalising Prostitution = Legalising Violence against Women with Professor Sheila Joy Jeffreys looks interesting because it claims that legalising brothel prostitution does not work and is a failed social experiment. Furthermore Professor Jeffreys claims,
Legalising prostitution does not control the industry, or eliminate corruption, organized crime or street prostitution. Instead it exacerbates all these problems. It does not end the violence and abuse that women in prostitution suffer, but instead gives the seal of approval to the everyday violence of prostitution that women get paid to survive. It will make Tasmania a ‘pimp state’, which profits from prostituting women. She will explain how legalising the industry of prostitution threatens the equality of all women, including their rights to equality of relationships and equality in the workplace.
Professor Sheila Joy Jeffreys is from the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne and is the Public Officer of the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women Australia. Professor Jeffreys is the author of eight books on the history and politics of sexuality including The Idea of Prostitution and The Industrial Vagina: The Political Economy of the Global Sex Trade.
For Inquiries Contact Jennie Herrera, Whistleblowers Tasmania 03 62 282 727. The Public Forum with Professor Sheila Joy Jeffreys is on 1 pm Saturday 2nd June at Friends Meeting House, 5 Boa Vista Road, North Hobart.