Canberra Church: Recriminalise prostitution

The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) should recriminalise prostitution and jailing men who pay for sex according to the Catholic Church in Canberra and Goulburn.

The Church intends to lodge a submission to the enquiry into the Prostitution Act, and says ACT should follow the lead provided by Sweden.

Archdiocesan spokeswoman for young adults Daniela Kesina said prostitution was incompatible with gender equality.

”If we, as a society, reject the idea that women and girls can be bought and sold, and if we believe in gender equality, surely it is not enough just to regulate the sex industry, or strengthen regulations; we must stamp out all exploitation,” Ms Kesina said.

”Canberra cannot call itself an equal and dignified society while we allow men to buy casual sex services from women. It is exploitative and unacceptable.”

The Canberra Times

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