Prostitution has existed in nearly every civilisation on earth and is one of the oldest professions still thriving today. Whenever there have been money, goods, or services available for barter, sexual services have been used to exchange in kind.
It is important to understand that the prostitution we refer to in this article is between consenting adults of legal age, who are consciously making the choice to exchange sexual services for financial compensation. We do not condone sex trafficking.
With so many people ready, willing and able to freely give consent – should prostitution really be illegal? Prostitution in Australia is governed by state and territory laws, which vary considerably. When deciding if sex work is for you, it is important to have a clear idea of what the laws are in your state. You can find out about the laws in your state by viewing the Scarlet Alliance website http://www.scarletalliance.org.au/laws/
Why People Think Prostitution Should Be Illegal
People have many reasons for wanting prostitution to be illegal. Some of these reasons may be due to religion, moral code, the safety of both the client and the service provider and some of the potential risks it may cause mentally, physically and emotionally.
Some feel, that sex should only be between a man and his wife, or that sex should only be for procreation. There are also many who feel that no one can freely and consciously become a sex worker; that even voluntary prostitution can be caused by third party factors.
The Other Side of The Coin
What about people who are in favour of legalisation? These people believe that men and women should be able to make their own choices about how they use their bodies if it poses no threat or harm to themselves or others.
Some also believe that, legalising prostitution would allow for tighter regulation of the industry. If the entire industry was legitimised, then prostitution would be safer. It would allow sex workers to report mistreatment without fear of prosecution. Legalisation Australia-wide will allow sex workers to feel less isolated and allow for free flow of information. It would allow sex workers to feel safer having honest communication with their doctors about their sex lives and line of work.
What We Think
We believe that prostitution should be legalised and regulated Australia wide. The same laws should apply to all Australian sex workers and all establishments providing sex services including massage parlours should be regulated and adhere to the same health and safety regulations for the benefit of their workers and their clients.
Any consenting adult who is freely making the decision to enter the adult industry should be in control of what they do with their body and the choices that they make.
Sex trafficking happens because prostitution is kept in the dark. Without regulations, STIs are much more easily spread. Legalised and regulated prostitution leads to a safer industry, in terms of safe sex practices being advocated, service providers feeling supported and abuse being reported. Having the industry regulated will also assist in ensuring that sex workers are above the legal age requirements and are freely deciding to perform sexual services of their own accord.
At the end of the day, prostitution will never be eliminated by making it illegal. There will always be people prepared to pay, and people who are willing to be paid. We feel it is crucial to ensure the industry is as safe and regulated as possible. Cleos on Nile is a legal brothel and we adhere to the stringent regulations in our state of Queensland.