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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

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Police Minister refers Mercury unsafe sex ads to Tasmania Police

The Mercury’s Adult Services section is now running advertisements for ‘natural’ sexual services.  ‘Natural’ is code for sex, whether oral, vaginal or anal, without a condom or other protective device.

Tasmanian women’s organisation, Women Speak Tasmania, has expressed concern that these advertisements are offering services that directly contravene the provisions of the Sex Industry Offences Act 2005 (Tas).

‘Natural’ services pose an obvious risk to the health of the women involved, and the potential for spread of STIs in the wider community as result of these practices is a significant public health concern.

It is well-documented that the incidence of STIs is increasing Australia-wide.

Women in the sex trade are often pressured to provide unprotected sex, despite it being illegal to do so.  These advertisements make it clear that the law is being blatantly ignored.

Women Speak Tasmania has written to the Attorney-General, Elise Archer, and the Minister for Health and Police, Michael Ferguson, expressing concerns about this matter.

Mr Ferguson responded today, saying he had referred the matter to Tasmania Police.  He acknowledged that the provision of unprotected sexual services was illegal in Tasmania – see http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-10-04/sex-workers-selling-unprotected-sex/10337624.

Why has Tasmania Police not already investigated these advertisements, which have been running in the Mercury for some months? – see https://tasmaniantimes.com/2018/09/mercury-advertises-sex/#comment-220158.

Is the police service effectively enforcing the provisions of the Sex Industry Offences Act?

If they can ignore activities that could potentially have a negative impact on public health, are they also failing to police other aspects of the sex trade in Tasmania?  Where is their accountability?

Do they report on offences against the Act and their responses?  How can we be assured that women in the sex trade, and the community at large are being protected as intended by the law?

Bronwyn Williams  is a retired lawyer and social worker. 

 

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  1. Joanna Pinkiewicz

    October 5, 2018 at 5:57 pm

    Good point Isla. It is important to not to put women under more unnecessary danger and criminalisation however police must develop a process that inspects conditions in which women are operating. Who is bringing these women into hotels, how are they, who can they turn to. We badly need well funded exit services.

  2. Isla MacGregor

    October 5, 2018 at 3:57 am

    Since the tragic case of rape of the 12 year old girl pimped out by family members,Tasmania Police have not provided any public assurances to the Tasmanian community that they are ensuring girls or women or not being illegally bought and harmed by men for sexual access. Why do Tasmania Police appear to want to sweep all issues concerning the sex trade under the carpet and are they turning a deliberate blind eye? Both Asian sex trafficking syndicates and bikie gangs are known to be operating illegal prostitution operations in all other Australian states, with the increase in so called Asian sex ads in The Mercury and increase in numbers of university students being bought for sex in Tasmania, why is our Government still refusing to investigate what is happening to women in the sex trade here? And importantly, why, given Government’s commitment to stopping violence to women, are more women’s organisations in Tasmania not calling out for Government funding for an independent Exit Programs to provide prostituted women with real choices.

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