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Simon says – Inspections? Who needs them?

By johnboy 9 November 2008 24

Buried deep in yesterday’s print Canberra Times was a strange little story in which Simon Corbell said he was satisfied (“comfortable” even) with health and safety in Canberra’s brothels, despite no inspections being conducted in the last four years.

Even four years ago those were not surprise inspections, the only sort which matter.

How Simon can be so sure the industry has been sticking to standards in the long years since the last official inspection I leave as an exercise for the reader’s imagination. (please, let’s not see it in the comments, thank you)

Bear in mind this was brought on by the death in September of Janine Cameron. She was 17 and died in a brothel of a drug overdose. Suggesting some major systemic failures in our regulated sex industry. Simon Corbell, however, trusts his four year old inspections implicitly.

Today in the Canberra Times the Greens and Vicki Dunne are up in arms over this failure.

Looks like the Assembly will be flexing its new muscles and having a poke around the sex industry.

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seekay 9:29 am 10 Nov 08

Please explain:

The other Fairfax broadsheets, the Sydney Morning Herald and the Age, don’t carry brothel and escort ads. The Canberra Times does.

Thanks to a court order.

dexi 8:43 am 10 Nov 08

What does Simon Corbell have to gain politically from supporting the owners of Exotics? Is he misinformed about them or is this some kind of political game he is playing?

Granny 7:17 am 10 Nov 08

Simon, if the industry has not been inspected for four years how do you know that trafficked women are not being used as sex slaves in Canberra? How do you know?

Martin1973 11:24 pm 09 Nov 08

Thumper & all,


Yes this government was voted in but which government has been elected in the past 10years?

This is no known secret about the prositution industry it has been going on for years in the ACT, its only now that a poor young girls body has been found in a brothel that the prostitution has received all this attention. Had the poor young girl had not have been found in a brothel you wouldnt have heard about it another herion overdose brushed under the carpet along with many others. Many deaths occur from herion outisde the prostitution industry. You cannot go blaming this government for the recent death of a young girl.

I feel for her family & passing at such a young age. Not only her passing in such sad cirumstances but also that her personal life has been all over the papers announcing she worked in that industry.

This industry has been up & running for years – No matter what events take place from here if a girl/lady really wants to work no matter what legal age the government changes it to they will find a way to continue working, whether it be by providing fake Id, working for themselves privately etc they will find a way and that is reality. You cannot turn a blind eye to that.

A suggestion is to provide a more monitored approach maybe by the sex industry foundation in the ACT, where girls/ladies feel safe in a working environment & have a member from that association always on shift at all brothels. Perhaps then the scum such as M***** who is well known from Exotics is pushed out of owning these businesses & running them to the benefit of themselves not caring about the ladies/girls who are there out of desperation.

Its something that cannot be swept under the carpet & making the legal age of prositution older, afterall females can have intercourse legally by the age of 16, vote at age of 18 so I cannot see changing the legal age will make any difference.

Even bring education into highschools as part of health education – Have ex working girls that dont mind speaking to students about the downfalls of this industry. Help build slef confidence so they dont feel the need to take drugs in the first place or work in the prostiution industry. It is common knowledge that females that have low confidence will turn to prositution.

Some of you may not agree with my post but others may.
I am just making a few suggestions on this site –

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