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17 year old overdoses on heroin in one of canberra’s ‘regulated’ brothels

By madocci - 2 November 2008 132

The Canberra Times has reported that:

“Janine Cameron was found dead from a heroin overdose in Fyshwick’s Exotic Studio brothel on September 15, just six weeks after her 17th birthday.”

This leads me to question the level of exploitation that the prositition industry turns a blind eye to.  Is it time that we revisited the regulation of the industry?

“Generally speaking, the advice I have from the police is that there is not a significant level of criminal activity in the industry.”

Are we to believe Simon Corbell?

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17 year old overdoses on heroin in one of canberra’s ‘regulated’ brothels
I-filed 3:13 pm 02 Nov 08

The Eros Association IS the former Eros Foundation. Same folk. They changed the name because they were NOT a foundation – with the charitable connotations therein. They have commented in the press over the years on this exact same issue, including since the name change. The Scarlet Alliance are welcome to comment too, but it’s an Eros Alliance/Foundation Patten/Swan comment that would be of more interest.

Woody Mann-Caruso 2:50 pm 02 Nov 08

lol @ tezza. You say that the Minister is generalising because he refuses to generalise from this one case. You, on the other hand, would never generalise, but you’ll assume “most of us” think as you do because, well, you do. And congrats on earning your three-post nutbag merit badge on your very first thread.

sepi 2:34 pm 02 Nov 08

The article states no brothel had been inspected in the last year.

The ACT govt thinks they are progressive by licensing brothels and legalising prostitution.

A very sad story – and fairly illustrative of the prostitution industry.

imhotep 1:32 pm 02 Nov 08

Tezza said :

“The licensing of brothels is nothing more than a registration. They pay the money, they get the licence. To say that it is a regulated industry is false in nearly every aspect.”

If that is the case why doesn’t the ACT government -who love to introduce symbolic laws to show how ‘progressive’ they are- do something positive and more strictly regulate the sex industry. How about a minimum age of 21 for sex workers?

At least then some good would come as a result of this girl’s death.

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Tezza 1:02 pm 02 Nov 08

The licensing of brothels is nothing more than a registration. They pay the money, they get the licence. To say that it is a regulated industry is false in nearly every aspect.

imhotep 12:19 pm 02 Nov 08

Anyone of us with children who reads the CT article must shudder and think: ‘there but for the grace of god go I’.

One area of our children’s life we have little control over is who their friends are. How many times do we hear of basically good kids who go off the rails when they get mixed up with some sleaze-bag older ‘man’. As parents there is only so much you can do. In the end it’s a bit of a lottery.

The girl was underage for a sex worker, therefore I assume the brothel has broken the law by employing her.

If they have breached the conditions of their license, why should the ‘Exotic Studio’ not be closed down?

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BerraBoy68 10:21 am 02 Nov 08

I thought yesterday’s article in the CT was very sad. Janine’s family have my sympathies.

As they state, she was under the control of an older guy – so it’s hard not to agree with you on this PB.

ant 10:14 am 02 Nov 08

Having the regulators visit brothels might be a good thing, but I wonder if it would achieve anything. these inspections are usually flagged in advance.

The link between crime and prostitution is well-documented. Even our legal industry seems to have links with the crime world… see the recent Downer murders for more of that.

Tezza 10:11 am 02 Nov 08

The Eros Foundation has a long history of supporting brothels in Canberra.

Pommy bastard 10:07 am 02 Nov 08

How unbelievably sad.

Yet if the family had taken physical action against the thirty year old POS who had this girl under his influence, they would have been prosecuted.

I’d have run him down in my car.

Jonathon Reynolds 9:59 am 02 Nov 08

I-filed said :

Is the Eros Foundation available for comment?

Get your organisations right…

The Eros Association is Australia’s national adult retail and entertainment association.

Perhaps a comment would be more appropriate for comment from the Scarlet Alliance which is the Australian Sex Workers Association. http://www.scarletalliance.org.au/

Danman 9:28 am 02 Nov 08

Parliament House felt the need to put sharps bins into the toilets of the secure area a few years ago

Sharps bins are for diabetics as well y’known.

I have to do my blood sugar 2to 3 times a day – so where do I put the contaminated strips or lances?

Luckily I am not an injecting insulin (Type 1) diabetic, but I would suggest these sharps bins are for them as well….

I-filed 9:24 am 02 Nov 08

Is the Eros Foundation available for comment? They’ve insisted for years (bizarrely) that there’s no link between prostitution and drug use …

johnboy 9:01 am 02 Nov 08

Drugs get into prisons and Parliament House felt the need to put sharps bins into the toilets of the secure area a few years ago.

I’m not sure regulated environments equate to drug free.

Tezza 8:37 am 02 Nov 08

A 17 year old (under the allowable age for a sexworker) is found dead from an overdoes of illegal drugs (the taking of which is specifically banned in brothels) and the Minister states that generally there is not a significant level of crime in the brothel industry.

Why doesn’t he ask the Commissioner of Fair Trading when was the last time his officers inspected the brothels in any manner whatsoever?

I think most of us would be surprised if they had ever been inspected.

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