Australia: Family group apologises to sex workers

Sex workers want a ban on material which stigmates their industry.

A group opposed to prostitution has been forced to apologise to Tasmanian sex workers for saying the industry is harmful to women.

The Family Protection Society also accused sex workers of “breaking up marriages” in a series of advertisements placed in a Tasmanian daily newspaper.

Jade Barker from the lobby group Scarlet Alliance says the society agreed to apologise after the alliance lodged a complaint.

“Scarlet Alliance commenced action under the Tasmanian Anti-discrimination Act of 1998 in relation to the Family Protection Society and a conciliation was held and an apology given which was published by the Family Protection Society,” she said.

Tasmanian sex worker “Claire” says the society has a long history of publishing material stigmatising sex workers.

“[It says] things like prostitution harms women, prositution disturbs marriages.”

She says the apology is welcome but it is only the first step.

“Ads like these should be banned from the paper.”

The Alliance is continuing to push for the decriminalisation of prostitution in Tasmania.

Attempts to contact the Family Protection Society have been unsuccessful.

See original at ABC Australia

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