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Gordan Moyesby Teresa Neumann : Jun 30, 2010 : Phil Mercer – BBC

“We have to have a reformation of morality and ethics and unfortunately by legalizing prostitution, it is only another nail in the coffin of decency.”

(Australia)—Although prostitution is by-and-large legal in most of Australia, the BBC reports that efforts are now underway to ban brothels in one of Australia’s fastest-growing regions.

Peter Dimbrowsky, mayor of the Hills Shire Council in Sydney, was quoted as saying there is no place for the sex industry in the “Bible Belt” district, home to one of the largest churches in the country.

“While we’ve deliberately made it difficult for them to be successful in this area, we’ve also said that we deserve the right to say no to them if we feel that a sufficient number of people are sufficiently against this type of application,” he said. “You should be able to argue that in this part of Sydney or in any part of a city where it is family-orientated, it may be better for them not to be there at all.”

According to the report, Hills Shire councilors recently rejected a bid to set up a brothel and are now pushing for changes to state law that compel local authorities to accommodate such businesses if various planning requirements are met, such as parking and proximity to homes, and there is no room in the official decision-making process for moral objections.

The report also noted that in the New South Wales state parliament, the Family First MP, Gordon Moyes, believes that society has been damaged by the legal sex industry, which he says exploits the vulnerable.

“We have to have a reformation of morality and ethics and unfortunately by legalizing prostitution, it is only another nail in the coffin of decency,” he said.

Powers to ban brothels on moral grounds are being sought by a Christian-dominated council in one of Australia’s fastest-growing regions.

Although regulations vary, prostitution is generally legal across much of Australia and brothels are controlled by planning laws.

Peter Dimbrowsky told the BBC that the community should have the right to outlaw brothels.

Hills Shire councillors recently rejected a bid to set up a brothel and are now pushing for changes to state law that compel local authorities to accommodate such businesses if various planning requirements are met, such as parking and proximity to homes.

Safety concerns
 
There is no room in the official decision-making process for moral objections.

“Decriminalisation… gives us autonomy to choose where we work, how and when we work” Rachel Sex worker, Sydney

 There are fears within the sex industry that any move to alter the rules could drive sections of their legitimate trade back underground and fuel a rise in the number of illegal brothels.

Insiders say legislation that decriminalised prostitution in Australia’s most populous state, New South Wales, in the early 1990s brought their chosen careers “out of the shadows”, making it more open and safe.

“The sex industry is no different to any other business in its regulatory needs,” explained Janelle Fawkes of the Scarlet Alliance, which represents sex workers.

“It is regulated by the local council in as far as its zoning and development application process. It is also regulated by the occupational health system,” Ms Fawkes said.

“It is also recognised that sex workers are legitimate employees and therefore are taxed and receive the same benefits as all employees.”

Autonomy
 
There are strict regulations in New South Wales that cover the activities of private workers, massage parlours, “full-service establishments” or brothels and B&D (bondage and discipline) venues.

“Legalising prostitution is only another nail in the coffin of decency” Gordon Moyes Family First MP

 “I really enjoy what I do,” 36-year-old Rachel, a Sydney sex worker, told the BBC News website.

“We are very intelligent people. We come from a range of different occupations and backgrounds.

“Decriminalisation treats the sex industry equally like any other industry.

“It protects and empowers sex workers. It gives us autonomy to choose where we work, how and when we work. It takes away the fear of being arrested for something that is mutually consenting.”

The debate over the future of the laws in parts of Australia comes as British Prime Minister David Cameron signalled that the decriminalisation of prostitution should be “looked at again” after the alleged murder of three women in northern England.

In Sydney, conservative elements have urged the UK not to follow Australia’s example.

In the New South Wales state parliament, the Family First MP, Gordon Moyes, believes that society has been damaged by the legal sex industry, which he says exploits the vulnerable.

“We have to have a reformation of morality and ethics and unfortunately by legalising prostitution, it is only another nail in the coffin of decency,” he said.


2 Responses to “Moves to Ban Brothels in Australia’s Bible Belt”

  1. 1 margaret angenent

    I love the comment about the Hills Shire council being ‘ Christian dominated’ and the coment by Gordon Moyes, Mp for Family First party.Praise the Lord for more and more Christians being prepared to enter the public arena and stand up for Christian principles of morality and ethics.We need this happening more in Victorian.

  2. 2 ilona sturla

    brothels break up families; there is nothing positive or moral about sleeping around; it is sad that people are so unfulfilled that they will have sex with anyone anywhere; and these are the fathers and mothers of the children of the future. Imagine a big screen across the world naminmg all the brothel users; i am sure there would be confused children and red faced cowards who have to do it in secret

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