Putting an end to the exploitation of prostitution of women is the primary standard for measuring the compatibility of the NT Sex Industry Act with human rights. The NT law fails even to aim at this standard, writes Simone Watson (pictured), National Director, Nordic Model Australia Coalition "NorMAC".
The Australian Christian Lobby has expressed dismay about laws "decriminalising" prostitution, saying women should never be bought and sold: "Decriminalisation of the sex trade is a win for pimps and a win for brothel owners. The women in prostitution lose." Meanwhile Opposition Leader Gary Higgins says the Bill does not achieve the balance of public welfare with the rights and freedoms of individuals.