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Legalised "red light" districts in Canberra


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Hi,

I was looking at a site today and read some rather disturbing info on legalised red light districts and pornography in Canberra.

The site I was on is http://wikitravel.org/en/canberra

Go to the section "Buy" and read the info in the blue box on the right.

Can anyone please advise if this info is accurate as I find it quite disturbing seeing as my family and I will be moving to Canberra shortly. :)

Thanks.

Louise

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Hi Louiset,

That is scary, I won't be going anywhere near Fyschwick

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Saw the other night that you may be arrested for prostitution in any state except NSW where it is legal.

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Fyshwick is an industrial area in Canberra, which has a lot of furniture/home improvement/ home wares shops there. In all liklihood you will be there at some point. It even has a couple churches and Koorong books which is the largest Christian book shop franchise in Australia. I worked in Fyshwuck for over a year. Although there are quite a few 'adult shops' in the area and few 'bars' which could be some sort of brothel, it is unlikely that you will see many prostitutes selling themselves in the middle of the day. It is also unlikely that you would ever travel to Fyshwick later then 5 pm because there is simply no reason to. There are no shops open past that time and no restaurants. You wouldn't even go through that suburb to reach another, as there are more direct routes around it. Fyshwuck is also not near any residential suburbs so the activities are unlikely to venture near homes etc.

I actually never knew that prostitution was legal in the ACT, although I was aware of Fyshwick's reputation for prostitution. Well I, from a Christian stand point do not agree with prostitution, it is unlikely to ever really affect most canberrans, and certainly not something I would be overly concerned with from the standpoint of protecting my family. I also think that that information is key And you can protect your kids by avoiding the specific shops, by avoiding the main road they are in etc.

Candice

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The Auldt shops are in the back streests of Fyschwick, never seen any prostitues either .... If you don't go to Fyschwick you will most certianly miss out on the fresh food market, DFO, used cars, Bing Lee, BFG, Bunnings, Domayne, 40 Winks and many others....

Fyschwick is nothing like a prostitution area in SA , it is only light industry ... :) maybe this is why it is located there !

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Actually, brothels and prostitution is legal in in Queensland, New South Wales, ACT and Victoria, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prostitution_in_Australia

and in the other states prostitution is legal, but brothels are not.

For instance, I know that in Melbourne it is mostly around the St Kilda area, and although I have lived here for 14 years, I have never found it to be a "in your face" situation. As you drive around Melbourne, you will see many x-rated shops, however, unless you go shopping there, you will not know what is inside.

Unless a person plans on living in a very, very, remote area, you will have no control over prostitution and pornography, as it abounds in any city or town across the planet.

It is up to you whether or not you search it out.

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Actually, brothels and prostitution is legal in in Queensland, New South Wales, ACT and Victoria, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prostitution_in_Australia

and in the other states prostitution is legal, but brothels are not.

For instance, I know that in Melbourne it is mostly around the St Kilda area, and although I have lived here for 14 years, I have never found it to be a "in your face" situation. As you drive around Melbourne, you will see many x-rated shops, however, unless you go shopping there, you will not know what is inside.

Unless a person plans on living in a very, very, remote area, you will have no control over prostitution and pornography, as it abounds in any city or town across the planet.

It is up to you whether or not you search it out.

Thanks for everyone's comments, I feel much better now. I was having visions of my sons being abducted to star in blue movies!!!!

See you all in April.

Louise

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I dont want to stir the pot here, but i fully support the legalisation of sex work. Sex work will never stop and it is better to legalise it, regulate it, for sex workers to pay tax and for appropriate health and safety regulations to be in place. Also this prevents law enforcement officials abusing sex workers, bribery etc and reduces the link with organised crime, as sex workers are more likely to seek legal protection.

As a social worker i work with sex workers in Hillbrow. It is not true that they entice young girls into the system. They actually see them as competition and also are very aware of the hardships of their lives and dont want children to encounter the same thing. They often assist us by calling when young girls come into the system.

In all my years i have met very few women who want to be sex workers. They do it because they dont have a choice and really dont deserve to be vicitimised further by criminalisation.

After being concerned around some of Australia's non progressive abortion laws. I am very happy to hear this.

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I have lived in a country where prostitution is legal.

Have to say I was very impressed. The larger cities had areas where under 18s were not allowed and it was blatantly obvious where you were if you went into the area.

To operate a prostitute was required to undergo regular health checks, pay tax etc.

They were able to go to the police for help if in trouble as they were legal.

Prostitution is everywhere - I pass several sex shops on my way home and some prostitutes stand in several areas near where I work looking for trade to stop and pick them up.

Having lived with both variations I think once you get there you will find you much prefer the legalised version.

PS - Many have also become tourist attractions - I have walked around a couple in the evening and never had any hassle whatsoever and wasn't that shocked or taken aback by anything I saw. It was well regulated felt a very safe and friendly atmosphere.

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Searching online for prospective Buisinesses, there was a Brothel in Canberra for sale. This was a while back. Did not change my view of Canberra.

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Searching online for prospective Buisinesses, there was a Brothel in Canberra for sale. This was a while back. Did not change my view of Canberra.

:D

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Would have been a money making business, for sure! :)

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Oh Behave!

I am just thinking... maybe I should buy it. I will definitely make $$$$$$ :)

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Lol! Well there is a reason why Lolly Jackson had a huge collection of sports cars! And a very pretty young wife. I happen to think that a brothel would be a great business and make you a fortune...... human nature and all that! :)

I would love to see you go into the bank and explain your business plan!!!

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Oh you guys are so funny!!! Glad to see you still all have the Saffers sense of humour. :ilikeit:

L

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Normally the popular prostitute areas in the cities are quite different during the day. By day Kings Cross in Sydney is the same as any other street in Sydney, but night time, it turns into a buzz of nightclubs, prostitutes, brawls and drunks. That said, I've been to the Cross during the day and during the evening and never felt unsafe - it was actually quite an experience to see the doings of the Ewings in action.... LOL! Same as in the famous red light districts of Amsterdam - even in the narrowest and darkest of alleys, I never felt like I had to look over my shoulder or that I'd be drugged and dragged into an alley. Not necessarily a place you want to be, but still safe.

It's the oldest money making trade in the history of mankind and like it or not, it is here to stay - might as well legallise it and introduce some controls and protection. At least that makes it more difficult for illegal sex traders to abuse and exploit desperate women and men.

Besides, Canberra has to provide for the needs of all the diplomats... :ilikeit:

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