Australia is seeing a divisive battle of rights. On the one hand are those arguing against people being forced into sex work and needing to perform sexual services for money. On the other are politicians and sex industry advocates calling for legislation to entrench the right for those with disabilities to be able to access sex workers.
There are some major questions at play in this particular issue. First and foremost is the question of why access to sex is being portrayed as a human rights issue in Australia.
This issue is being played out in South Australia by Kelly Vincent, a disabled woman who was elected to South Australia’s upper house under the Dignity for Disability ticket at the 2010 state election.
Disability rights advocates are divided over Vincent’s push to bring about the legal use of prostitutes by people with a disability.
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Matthew Holloway won second prize in Eureka Streets Margaret Dooley award for this article.