Prostitution and Trafficking

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.

WF Published Articles

South Australia must introduce Nordic Model if it wants to reform state's sex industry, Rachael Wong

We Recommend You Read

Prostitution: A Problem of Equality, Dignity and Integrity, Tahlia Perry Prostitution: A problem of equality, dignity and integrity, Tahlia Perry 

Behind the Screen: Online Child Exploitation in Australia, Anti-Slavery Australia

Prostitution Narratives: Stories of Survival in the Sex Trade, Caroline Norma & Melinda Tankard Reist (eds)

The Swedish Law that Prohibits the Purchase of Sexual Services, Gunilla Eckberg

Abolishing Prostitution: The Swedish Solution, An Interview With Gunilla Eckberg

Making Sex Work: A Failed Experiment With Legalised Prostitution, Mary Lucille Sullivan

Not For Sale: Feminists Resisting Prostitution and Pornography, Rebecca Whisnat & Christine Stark

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