Making Sex Work: A Failed Experiment with Legalised by Mary Lucille Sullivan

By Mary Lucille Sullivan

Backing up idea and demanding literature with demanding facts, this e-book refutes the concept legalization of prostitution can be anything yet a dangerous contributor to the commodification of ladies. It explores the fallacy of the "cottage industry," the function of monetary associations in assisting prostitution, the parable of go out courses, the conflation of criminal and unlawful intercourse industries, the matter of making use of occupational wellbeing and fitness and security criteria to prostitution, and the threat of intercourse trafficking.

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One media report suggested that in the Melbourne metropolitan area, around 2000 women were involved in prostitution in massage parlours and on suburban streets (Dunstan 1979, p. 28). Research undertaken within the Department of Planning and the Environment between 1973 and 1983, estimated that the number of massage parlours increased from 25 to 149 during this period (Working Party to the Minister for Planning and the Environment 1983, p. 5). Local councils suggested that the number was as high as 200 (Victoria 1980, p.

14 As suggested earlier being poor makes people especially vulnerable to exploitation. In their struggle to escape poverty or political and social insecurity, women and children frequently only have recourse to prostitution. Others caught up in a cycle of irregular migration are trafficked into the prostitution industry. Prostitution is thus a ‘choice’ based on lack of survival options. Prostitution survivor groups have been particularly articulate in opposing the idea of opportunistic prostitution and the use of jargonised terms to dissuade people from recognising that prostitution is not something women freely choose.

7). Leidholdt’s comparison between prostitution and sex trafficking is extensive. She makes obvious how ‘sex industry businesses in which trafficked and prostituted women and girls are exploited are often one and the same’ (2003, p. 8). As she says, trafficked people are destined for the same brothels and stripclubs that exploit local women. The harm experienced by prostituted and trafficked women is also identical: ‘post-traumatic stress disorder, severe depression, damage to reproductive systems, 44 SETTING THE FRAMEWORK damage from sexual assault and beatings, and sexually transmitted diseases’ (2003, p.

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