Tasmanian Times

The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

Economy

Wrong development …

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In the midst of an unprecedented boom in tourism and construction in Tasmania there are some developments Tasmanians do not want to see.

Labor and the Greens party policy would see cityscapes in Hobart and other major centres in Tasmania advertising to the world that new doors have opened up to the global sex trade, and to sex traffickers.

Across the Tasman, in New Zealand, we have seen the results of regressive sex law policies with a boom in tourism and a proliferation of brothels, thanks to opportunistic real estate developers like the Chow brothers.

This is an issue of real concern, especially for parents and young Tasmanians, with the severe shortage of housing leading to increasing homelessness – a major driver for girl’s/women’s entry into the sex trade. In the UK, for example, many landlords are now advertising free rent in exchange for unfettered sexual access to women.

The average age of entry into the sex trade worldwide is 14 years.

The under-resourcing of child protection has been raised by Greens member Cassy O’Connor but Ms O’Connor has failed to address the needs of girls and women who desperately want to exit the sex trade in Tasmania – dedicated programs and real choices for these women are an absolute necessity.

In jurisdictions where prostitution is decriminalised (NSW) or legalised (Victoria) there has been a massive expansion in the illegal sex trade, mostly operating out of beauty salons and massage parlours. Many of the women being bought for sex in these premises have been coerced or trafficked, both locally and from overseas.

AirBNB sites are also being used for illegal brothel operations.

It is known that an increasing number of Asian women studying at UTAS are selling sex in order to pay for exorbitant rental accommodation.

Lack of affordable housing and expensive higher education pushes women into the sex trade.

The dominant narrative – that being bought for sex is just ‘sex work’ – is a myth that normalises prostitution in the eyes of society. It does not spare the women and girls in prostitution from harm and trauma.

And while Labor and the Greens policy supports the Tasmanian Council of Civil Liberties push for a Human Rights Charter, nowhere in this draft charter is there support for the provisions concerning prostitution contained in the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women – CEDAW.

Labor and the Greens policy would see open slather brothel development in Tasmania and a free market in the sexploitation of girls and women’s bodies at a time when violence to girls and women is on the increase, and protections and services for girls and women are coming under increasing pressure.

The Liberals remain silent on the issue and are reluctant to open up further discussion on Stop Demand laws.

And, like the several jurisdictions worldwide that have decriminalised pimps, profiteers and sex buyers, Labor and the Greens would see Tasmania opening the doors to sex trafficking and the ensuing exponential increase in harms suffered by girls and women in the sex trade.

It’s time that candidates in this election have the courage to speak out and oppose the commodification and sexualisation of girls and women and commit to supporting Stop Demand laws if elected to parliament.

In the midst of an unprecedented boom in tourism development and construction in Tasmania there are some developments that Tasmanians do not want to see.

Labor and Green Party policy would see cityscapes in Hobart and other major centres in Tasmania advertising to the world that new doors have opened up to the global sex trade and to traffickers.

Across the Tasman we have seen the results of regressive sex law policies during their boom in tourism and brothel and real estate developers the Chow brothers.

This is a real issue of concern especially for parents and young Tasmanians with the severe shortage of housing leading to increasing homelessness – a major driver for girl’s/women’s entry into the sex trade. In the UK many landlords are now advertising free rent in exchange for unfettered sexual access to women.

The average age of entry into the sex trade is 14 years.

The under resourcing of child protection has been raised by Greens Cassy O’Connor but no mention of the need to establish Exit Programs for those girls and women wanting real choices to exit the sex trade in Tasmania.

Under decriminalised and legalised jurisdictions we have already seen in Victoria and New South Wales the massive expansion in the illegal sector operating out of beauty salons and massage parlours. Many of the women being bought for sex from these premises have been corced or trafficked. AirBNB is also being used for illegal operations.

It is known that an increasing number of Asian women studying at UTAS are selling sex in order to pay for exorbitant rental accommodation.

Lack of affordable housing and expensive higher education pushes women into the sex trade.

The branding myth that being bought for sex is just “sex work” normalises it in the eyes of the society, but it does not spare women from harm and trauma.

While Labor and the Greens policy support the Tasmanian Council of Civil Liberties push for a Human Rights Charter nowhere in this charter is support for provisions concerning prostitution contained in the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women – CEDAW.

Labor and Greens policy would see open slather brothel development in Tasmania and a free market in sexploitation of girls and women’s bodies at a time when violence to girls and women is on the increase and protections and services for girls and women are coming under increased pressure.

The Liberals remain silent on the issue and are reluctant to open up further discussion on Stop Demand laws.

And, just like all those countries that have decriminalised pimps, profiteers and sex buyers, Labor and the Greens would see Tasmania opening the doors sex trafficking and more harms to girls and women.

It’s time that candidates in this election have the courage to speak out and oppose the commodification and sexualisation of girls and women and commit to supporting Stop Demand laws if elected to the parliament.

*Joanna Pinkiewicz is an independent activist. She joined the Normac team to work as a resercher and amplify the voices of survivours of prostitution. She works to promote the Nordic Model in Australia and campaigns for exit programs for women in prostitution.

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8 Comments

8 Comments

  1. Simon Warriner

    March 5, 2018 at 9:43 pm

    Joanna, it was going on in NZ back in the late 70’s, early 80’s. As a bouncer in a pub in Hamilton I knew a couple of girls who were paying their way through uni in that manner. I wasn’t making judgement, just an observation.

  2. Joanna

    March 5, 2018 at 8:49 pm

    #Simon … Indeed. You are absolutely right. It is both local and international female students. I mentioned “Asian students” as I had somone who is studying telling me about it, and adverts I found online.

    This was by no means me sterotyping by saying only Asian female students sign up or advertise.

  3. Joanna Pinkiewicz

    March 1, 2018 at 11:54 pm

    Just received confirmation from some websites advertising “sugar arrangements” for young women who are studying, and these are growing. Seeking Arrangement has 63 female students registered.

    Don’t be fooled, this is prostitution and exploitation of young women.

  4. Simon Warriner

    March 1, 2018 at 8:56 pm

    re this: “It is known that an increasing number of Asian women studying at UTAS are selling sex in order to pay for exorbitant rental accommodation.”

    Chuck this in your search bar and you will see that it’s not just Asian students.

    https://duckduckgo.com/?q=sugar+daddy+university+fees&t=ffsb&ia=web

  5. Isla MacGregor

    March 1, 2018 at 8:18 pm

    #3 … Your sustained interest and questions about this issue are welcome, Lynne.

    The arguments you heard in the WA Goldfields are typical of those pushed by the pimp/porn lobby, but which have been repeatedly exposed as myths.

    On a previous post on TT I wrote an article [b]It’s bad news from New Zealand’s Survivors[/b]:

    http://oldtt.pixelkey.biz/index.php/article/new-zealands-survivors-speaking-out

    The pimp/porn lobby, fronted by the Scarlet Alliance in Australia, promote the New Zealand model of full decriminalisation as world’s best practise, but the opposite is true. For the above article I interviewed Sabrinna Valisce who previously worked with the New Zealand Prostitutes Collective for 23 years.

    The full decriminalisation of prostitution in New Zealand has been a disaster for women, and has led to more violence being perpetrated against prostituted women, an increase in indigenous/pacifika women being coerced into the sex trade, and sex trafficking has increased also. NorMAC’s facebook page provides some links to recent developments in Germany where over 85% of the women in the legal industry have been trafficked, and there are similar figures for Holland which is starting to move more to the [i]stop demand[/i] model. Jo Pinkiewicz has written a number of articles for TT on the issue, as has NorMAC Director and Survivor Simone Watson. Just use TT’s search engine.

    Meanwhile, parents and the broad community need to be really concerned that the Scarlet Alliance is touting for business at UTAS, with posters all over the campus promoting their propaganda to often very vulnerable women.

    What is UTAS doing about this?

  6. Lynne Newington

    March 1, 2018 at 6:36 pm

    I recall when living in the WA Goldfields where prostitution is legal, and with one row of brothels in Hay St, Perth being a tourist attraction.
    The argument was that there were less sexual assaults and rapes within the community, that is, women were safer.
    Not sure how that argument stands up in Tasmania.
    Is it the lesser evil?

  7. Christopher Eastman-Nagle

    March 1, 2018 at 11:55 am

    In the first iteration of primary wealth accumulation within capitalism, wage slavery was its leitmotif.

    As the system expanded its capacity to distribute its goods and services across wider sections of consumers, that leitmotif shifted to debt slavery as the major vehicle of exploitation and control.

    The latest tranche in this economic journey is the push into consciousness slavery. Front and centre of that is sex as a commodity and identity platform, where desire and sating it becomes the primary measure of not just economic value, but a form of bogus existentiality that I call ‘sexistentialism’; ie a form of sexual egoism with all the autonomy controls and disciplines removed.

    The primary expression of that form of exploitation and control is the manipulation of sexual identity in general and the status of women as commodities in particular, to the extent that identity is truncated of its broad and secure social character and substituted by sexuality, self absorbed egoism and moral inconsequentiality, because desire trumps everything and thus steadily morphs into a libertarian entitlement that knows knows no bounds.

    Women in particular have every reason to fear this trend because it will drown them in pornography and their own sexual availability on demand, in a form of servitiude and oppression that matches the conditions of the working class in the earliest parts of the industrial revolution.

    In the end, the only way that this can be beaten is to go on strike, just like the working class did, but instead of forming unions to fight employers they will form sororities, unify behind political status demands, attack the porn and prostitution ‘industries’ and make it clear to men that they must meet those demands if they want to get even a sniff …

    But by the same token, sexual minorities love it because it turns what once were frowned-upon off message fetishes into mainstream competitors who now have the political power and leverage to colonise the reproductive commons, strip it of its reproductive character and dominate it with the free-for-all ideology that indulgence capitalism has become.

    Indulgence capitalism is a destroyer of worlds, and not just of ecosystems, with its absurdly gross overproduction and consumption and distortions of wealth distribution, but what it is doing at the profoundest levels of who and what we are as a species.

    The rise and rise of pornography, prostitution and invasion of the gender heartland is just the beginning in what will almost inevitably end in wars of toleration.

  8. Isla MacGregor

    March 1, 2018 at 9:55 am

    Many people have commented to me that homelessness as an issue has dropped off from this election. The consequences, for especially our young people of the current housing crisis we are in, are dire.

    [b]High rise – no thanks, but low rise in pimp/porn inc must be stopped also.[/b]

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