Sex work isn't a victimless crime
I AM writing about the article headlined 'Dear PM, can you please legalise brothels?' (Sentinel, February 1)
The question was answered by the police, saying that they should not turn a "blind eye" to this illegal activity.
Brighter Futures provides support services to women in street sex work and children who are sexually exploited.
Prostitution is not a victimless crime. Many of those in sex work have been coerced into doing so from an early age.
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We recently got news of yet another court case where children as young as 10 were being raped and sexually exploited.
Sex work is not about free choice. I am yet to meet anyone who willingly chose this career option.
It's not a route out of poverty but a route into it.
Trapping more women into a cycle of abuse, violence and early death makes no more sense than arresting the victims who have been forced by poverty, drug addiction, homelessness and childhood abuse into prostitution.
We should be more intelligent with our resources.
We should be supporting women out of prostitution, safeguarding our children and sending out a clear message that the sexual abuse and exploitation of women and children in the 21st century is not acceptable. The criminals are those who would trap women and children in sex work. The victims are those who are exploited and abused.
The rights of women and children to live lives free from oppression and abuse is a worldwide issue and we should recognise that now.