by Marco Ceccarelli of The Record
Southern River MP Peter Abetz has this week delivered an insightful lecture entitled Human Trafficking and Prostitution in WA at the Dawson Society for Philosophy and Culture Speakers’ Forum.
The talk took place on Tuesday, 15 April at Rosie O’Grady’s, Northbridge, in the presence of more than 120 attendees who filled every square inch of the pub’s extensive function room.
Abetz’s discussion was based on the premise that prostitution and human trafficking are inextricably linked and that the legalisation of prostitution leads, not to a safer and regulated industry for women, but to an increased demand in sexual services that fuels an ‘out of control’ human trafficking market.
In other words, for Abetz, the argument that legal brothels prevent the incidence of rape and assault against prostitutes simply “does not hold water”.
He believes legislation that reduces the prevalence of prostitution should be introduced; only then will human trafficking be minimised.