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International Sex Workers’ Rights Day in San Francisco, 2008. REUTERS/Kimberly White

Should prostitution be decriminalized?

Empirical evidence and a recommendation from Amnesty International are making it increasingly difficult for naysayers to ignore the ways that sex workers are harmed by criminalization.
Former French sex worker Rosen Hicher, centre, who marched 800km to raise awareness of the Nordic Model. Patrice Pierrot/AAP

Sex trade survivors deserve the chance to speak

A conference highlighting the oppression of sex work was held in Melbourne over the weekend. But online protesters campaigned against the event, targeting the university hosting it.
People finishing tertiary education can now expect to take 4.7 years on average to find full-time work. Reuters/Jose Manuel Ribeiro

Frozen wages, insecure jobs, struggling youth, rising inequality, shrinking unions … join the dots

Young people’s transition to work is prolonged and highly precarious. An entry-level job becomes a career, savings become subsistence, weekend shifts become lifelines. It doesn’t have to be this way.
Nordic nations enjoy regulated working hours, substantial welfare provision and strong economies.

We can learn a lot about public policy from the Nordic nations

At the end of this month Australia’s Productivity Commission will issue the final report of its inquiry into Early Childhood Education and Care. The inquiry was limited from the outset by the requirement…
What if sex workers were seen as allies in redressing gendered stereotypes? Lies Thru a Lens 

Criminalising those who pay sex workers misses the point

A recent report by the non-governmental organisation Coalition Against Trafficking in Women Australia recommends the adoption of the Nordic Model in Australia. Also known as the Swedish Model, this legislation…
There is still almost no serious discussion of the “Nordic Model” for prostitution in Australia. adaptorplug

Buying sex should be banned in Australia

Imagine a scenario where prostitution is not restricted or sanctioned but buying sex is banned. Could such an approach work in Australia? It already has elsewhere, and the evidence suggests it’s worth…

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