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Women’s Forum Australia believes that prostitution and sex trafficking are two of the most serious threats to gender equality and the rights of women and girls to live lives free of violence in today’s society.
Women’s Forum Australia challenges the rhetoric that legalisation, in its current form, will suppress trafficking and prostitution.
Women’s Forum Australia rejects the notion that prostitution is an act undertaken by two consenting adults in a relationship where the balance of power is shared equally. A survey of prostitutes in Queensland found that 90% of women working in legal brothels entered the industry because they ‘needed the money’ not because they deem it a legitimate and fulfilling form of work.
Women’s Forum Australia advocates measures which target the causes of prostitution and illegal trafficking in women’s rights and girls’ bodies.