The Koreanization of the Australian sex industry: A policy and legislative challenge

Norma, C 2011, 'The Koreanization of the Australian sex industry: A policy and legislative challenge', The Korean Journal of Policy Studies, vol. 26, no. 3, pp. 13-36.


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Title The Koreanization of the Australian sex industry: A policy and legislative challenge
Author(s) Norma, C
Year 2011
Journal name The Korean Journal of Policy Studies
Volume number 26
Issue number 3
Start page 13
End page 36
Total pages 24
Publisher Seoul National University Graduate School of Public Administration
Abstract South Korea enacted legislation in 2004 that penalizes pimps, trafickers, and sex industry customers while decriminalizing people in prostitution and offering assistance to leave the sex industry. In contrast, Australia legally recognizes most sex industry activities. This article argues that Australia's laissez-faire approach to the sex industry hampers South Korean government efforts to prevent the crime of sex trafficking. Since 2004, pimps and traffickers have moved their activities from South Korea to countries like Australia and the US that maintain relatively hospitable operating environments for the sex industry. The Australian government should reconsider its approach to prostitution on the basis of its diplomatic obligations to countries like South Korea and the need to uphold the human rights of women in Asia who are being trafficked and murdered as a result of sexual demand emanating from Australia. Australia should coordinate its policy on prostitution with South Korea to strengthen the region's transnational anti-trafficking response.
Keyword(s) prostitution
trafficking
South Korea
Australia
policy
legislation
feminism.
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