If Tracy Connelly were alive today and living in France, it’s possible she might have found a way out of prostitution. She would have at least known that the society she lived in cared enough to want to help her out. But Tracy lived in Australia and was murdered on July 21, by a man suspected of buying her for prostitution on a street in Melbourne.
Australia, like France, has ratified Article 6 of the UN Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, especially Women and Children, which requires member states to take ”all appropriate legislative and other measures” to deal with the ”exploitation of the prostitution of women”.
But there is little assistance available here to help women like Tracy free themselves from that life. A small number of struggling support services get by on negligible government funding, even though there are an estimated 26,000 people involved in prostitution here.
But from next year, after the passage of legislation in the French parliament on December 4, women in France will likely find government agencies ready to assist them to leave the sex industry if they choose. Read entire article here. As published in The Sun-Herald Dec 15 2013.
Prostitution: Not a job, not a choice – a talk by Janice Raymond
See also: ‘Buying Sex should be banned in Australia’, Meagan Tyler, The Conversation, December 4, 2013
’10 myths about prostitution, trafficking and the Nordic model’, Meagan Tyler, Feminist Current, December 8, 2013