NT decriminalises sex work as Attorney-General Natasha Fyles pushes through change
The Northern Territory becomes the third jurisdiction in the world to decriminalise prostitution, as MPs vote to adopt new legislation which means brothels, soliciting and home-based sex work are no longer illegal.Tonight, Territory politicians voted to adopt the new legislation which means brothels, soliciting and home-based sex work are no longer illegal, although the Government refused to remove criminal penalties for non-compliant advertising.
The decriminalization of sex work is the removal of criminal penalties for sex work (specifically, prostitution). Sex work , the consensual provision of sexual services for money or goods, is criminalized in most countries. Decriminalization is distinct from legalization and regulation.
Sex work divides feminist opinion like few others issues. The ideological clash – prostitution as violence against women vs simply a job – may never The York mix-up wasn’t unique. Since Amnesty released its draft proposal for the decriminalisation of sex work , countless articles have conflated the terms
Sex work could be decriminalised in Victoria, with the first thorough review of laws regulating the industry since 1985 to start next year.
The six-month inquiry will examine workplace safety, stigma and criminal activity within the industry.
It will be led by Reason Party MP and sex work advocate Fiona Patten, who believes the current legislation is simply not "fit for purpose".
Sex workers are sick of rapes, assaults and want protection
Parker Leigh* will never forget the day she was raped in her workplace. Now she wants the Victorian government to act.The softly spoken psychology student had taken a break from university to deal with ill-health. As the medical bills piled up, she decided to become a self-employed sex worker.
Sex workers all over the world face a constant risk of abuse. Other groups which support or are calling for the decriminalisation of sex work include the World Health Organization, UN Women, UNAIDS We do not consider a trafficked women who is forced to sell sex to be a " sex worker ".
Sex work laws are a topic of hot debate in several parts of the world, including the UK. Even policy experts in this area can’t agree on the best way Decriminalisation – of both the sale and purchase of sex – is incredibly important for enabling access to justice when crimes are perpetrated against sex
The laws were written before the internet was commonplace and therefore don't recognise sex work is often advertised online or operates in an online environment.
They also fail to recognise that many people now work in the gig economy, Ms Patten said.
"It's not about legal or illegal brothels," she told reporters on Wednesday,
"But certainly the legislation, because it is so outdated, has made it very difficult for people to actually even comply with the law."
Consumer Affairs Minister Marlene Kairouz said the review was aimed at keeping sex workers safe.
Among the matters Ms Patten will consider are massage parlours offering sex work services.
"As we've seen over the years, there's been a proliferation of massage parlours popping up all over the state, and unfortunately a lot of sex workers are operating outside the legal framework," she said.
Here is how much less you should work in December .
Answering just five things can help you figure it out.Every year, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics asks over 26,000 Americans how they spent the previous day, with the interviews evenly spread throughout the year. According to a Quartz analysis of this data, December is the month 1 in which the average person over the age of 15 works least, at about 7% less than average. For full-time workers that’s the equivalent of about eight hours less of work.