Demand for prostitution is not inevitable

The gravest human right violation in our world today is slavery – and the most abhorrent form of slavery is sexual exploitation, where its victims experience not only slavery, trafficking and abuse but also daily rape. The majority of the world’s slaves today are women and children, and can be found predominantly in brothels across the world. Sexual exploitation is a reality in every country including Australia.

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The Incompatibility of Prostitution Laws with International Human Rights

This paper looks at the States due diligence obligation of preventing harm from occurring to the common person, but particularly for victims of human trafficking, and how under international human rights law, the considerations of harm have shifted from only public to also the private spheres, and how this may be relevant to a commercial transaction of purchasing a sexual service, especially if that service is fraught with gender based violence.

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There are slave markets in Libya – so why doesn't Australia care?

So, slavery was abolished years ago – right? Not so much. In fact, there are more slaves in the world today than there ever have been before in history. There are several push and pull factors and ‘reasons’ for slavery - including economic, social, psychological, criminal, and ideological – but the greatest reason, aside from the money it makes criminals, is demand.

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Pledging to end the violence of prostitution

Adrian Bayley, the man who raped and murdered Victorian journalist Jill Meagher in 2012, had a history of violence towards prostituted women. His attitude was, according to an interview, that once he pays for someone he can do what he wants with them.

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