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Liberal MLA pushing for prostitution exit programs

By 13 May 2014 7

Liberal MLA Giulia Jones will use information gathered during a controversial study tour to push for prostitution exit programs and new co-operation with federal agencies to stop the trafficking of women in Australia, according to The Canberra Times.

Following their recent tour of France, Sweden and Germany where they studied laws that make it illegal to pay for sex (at a cost of $35,000 to taxpayers) Giulia Jones has said we should not pretend traffickers did not target Australia, or that we had nothing to learn from Sweden in order to reduce the size of the sex industry.

“I don’t think we know 100 per cent where we are at in Canberra with this kind of thing,” Mrs Jones said on Monday.

“We have had cases of slavery here, and we’ve had at least one conviction. I will look into local Australian Federal Police advice and pursue a conversation [with members of the federal Parliament] about trafficking.”

One outcome of the trip was seen through the ACT Renumeration Tribunal, which abolished taxpayer funded study tours for MLAs.

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7 Responses to Liberal MLA pushing for prostitution exit programs
#1
John Hargreaves Ex M4:48 pm, 20 May 14

This matter was dealt with not that long ago, including the Swedish model and sex slavery (which the AFP did not see as a major issue in the ACT) by an Assembly Committee – the Justice and Community Safety Standing Committee and their report is available on the ACT Legislative Assembly website. The trips were as waste of taxpayers money and junkets.

#2
Masquara5:48 pm, 20 May 14

John Hargreaves Ex MLA said :

This matter was dealt with not that long ago, including the Swedish model and sex slavery (which the AFP did not see as a major issue in the ACT) by an Assembly Committee – the Justice and Community Safety Standing Committee and their report is available on the ACT Legislative Assembly website. The trips were as waste of taxpayers money and junkets.

John Hargreaves Ex MLA said :

This matter was dealt with not that long ago, including the Swedish model and sex slavery (which the AFP did not see as a major issue in the ACT) by an Assembly Committee – the Justice and Community Safety Standing Committee and their report is available on the ACT Legislative Assembly website. The trips were as waste of taxpayers money and junkets.

How would you know whether it’s an issue in the ACT, where there is still a large underground sex industry? Hargreaves, are you suffering relevance deprivation syndrome?

#3
Gobbo6:42 pm, 20 May 14

I miss you in the assembly Johno.

#4
Roundhead897:36 pm, 20 May 14

The way the polls are shaping up for the Libs, perhaps Guilia and her buddies should start investigating MLA exit programs instead.

#5
justin heywood7:48 pm, 20 May 14

Gobbo said :

I miss you in the assembly Johno.

Thank you, Mrs Hargreaves.

#6
rosscoact8:59 pm, 20 May 14

Gobbo said :

I miss you in the assembly Johno.

me too!

#7
John Hargreaves Ex M9:10 pm, 20 May 14

Masquara, I was Deputy Chair of that Inquiry into the Prostituion Act and did a lot of research. To Justin Heywood, Spec Savers have specials on blinkers.

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