There is a compelling case for overturning existing sex work laws in South Australia. The archaic criminal laws attached to sex work cause harm, putting sex workers’ safety at risk by preventing them from reporting real crimes committed against them.
Consensual sex between two consenting adults should not be a crime – and in most of Australia it isn’t.
My co-sponsored Bill to decriminalise sex work passed the Upper House in June with 14 votes to 7. But disappointingly, it did not pass in the Lower House when it was brought to a vote in November.
This campaign isn’t over, though. And we won’t rule out future attempts to bring legislation to decriminalise sex work.
The South Australian laws as they stand are contrary to the positions taken by the World Health Organisation (WHO), Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, UNAIDS, the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women (GAATW).