Liz speaks out on prostitution
THERE is no activity more demeaning and demoralising than prostitution according to Member for Gladstone Liz Cunningham.
Ms Cunningham vocalised her opinion about the Queensland Government's Prostitution and Other Acts Amendment Bill 2009 in parliament on Wednesday.
“As has occurred with other bills in relation to prostitution, I will not be supporting this piece of legislation,” she said.
“We have spent many years endeavouring to encourage women and girls and men and boys to be confident in their value. “Whilst it is predominantly an activity that traps women and girls, there are a lot of men and boys who are also caught in the same activity.
“Many of the women in particular who are involved in trafficking themselves have a drug addiction and the vast majority of those who were not drug addicts to start off with which pushed them into prostitution become dependent on some kind of substance to be able to cope with the lifestyle.
“There are people in our society who choose prostitution as a means to an end. For example, uni students choose prostitution to pay for their courses.
“If we had access to genuine statistics, I believe that we would find that those people who voluntarily, knowingly and in control of their destiny choose that activity would be so infinitesimal that it would hardly reach the radar.
“I believe prostitution is a most soul-destroying activity.”
Ms Cunningham also spoke about the five guiding principles regulating prostitution in Queensland.
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