In early January a well known Adelaide brothel operator, Stormy Summers, announced that she would stand male to male escort perth a candidate for Lord Mayor in the council elections in May. But what has been generally lacking in the media is any critical analysis of what indeed Ms Summers is standing for and how her campaign relates to a range of Prostitution Bills which are to be debated by State parliament in its next session.
On 8 January the Advertiser reported the candidacy of Stormy Summers in terms which indicated that she was attempting to appeal to a constituency often forgotten in local government elections p. But although she expressed concern for the elderly and street kids in declaring herself a candidate it was also reported in the same article that she was principally standing to boost the prospects of prostitution law reform in the State.
The same article reports that in Ms Summers established the Sex Reform Association to lobby for prostitution law reform.
Clearly, her campaign announcement had much to do with her desire to legalise the industry within which her business interests lie. Her appeal prostitufion a constituency that supports the underdog has definitely struck a chord in Adelaide. While Ms Summers was appearing on a popular morning radio show in Adelaide one caller indicated that in her view Ms Summers understood the ordinary person better than most people. The Minister acknowledged that he was a friend of Ms Summers and also list of prostitutes in new rochelle well-known supporter of prostitution law reform.
It was ly necessary prostituyion serve on a Council for 12 months. The Advertiser 10 Januaryp.
Of course, this also indicates a certain disdain for the calibre of current local politicians. Needless to say, these comments sparked the ire of some current councillors. She has presented as a candidate hardened by the experience of struggling for many years to achieve prostitution law reform. The City Messenger 9 Januaryp.
There has been little media analysis of the Summers campaign, with the possible exception of some aspects of its coverage by the local newspaper, the City Messenger. While the novelty value of the campaign has been reported, the dearth of media outlets in this city has meant that deeper understandings of what is happening have been bypassed.
Prostitution law reform has been on the political agenda for many years in South Australia but recent attempts to 43571 hairy pussy personals the activity have failed. Four Bills will be debated by parliament in April These Bills range from prohibition to legalisation. Pprostitution fact that the Bills canvass all prosttiution is itself a comment on the extent to which community debate has been moribund around the sex industry.
Clearly, most politicians are cautious of being too vocal on the need to reform prostitution laws for fear of an electoral backlash from a perceived conservative electorate.
As a result there is no consensus about the nature of prostitutio reform of the laws — or if any at all should occur. If nothing else, it has put on the centre of the political stage the whole issue of law reform in an area that sadly needs it. Adelaide has a thriving sex industry and its illegal status cannot be seriously argued as being beneficial for prostitktion worker, client or the community at large.
The fact that she has chosen to raise this issue through standing for Lord Mayor of the City Council, which has little jurisdiction over such matters, raises separate issues.
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But apart from this geographic fact the political reality is that except for symbolic statements there is precious little the Council can do to legalise prostitution. So why is Stormy Summers standing as a Lord Mayoral candidate on a prostitution law reform axelaide There are a of possible explanations. Although Ms Summers has expressed her concern with the needs of street kids and the elderly, the extent of her understanding of issues such as drug abuse and aged care has not been established.
Certainly when she was guest of a popular morning radio show last month her explanations of what was needed to address drug use and the homelessness of young people seemed ill considered and lacking daelaide substance. Clearly her main agenda is to have prostitution legalised. But no-one has asked whether her broader agenda is good policy.
Another consideration is the extent to which Summers stands to gain from the legalisation of prostitution. One report stated:. This was reported at the same time as claims that the possible legalisation of prostitution in South Australia would result in interstate brothel owners flooding into South Australia City Dodge city 50 plus fuck personals services, 2 Februaryp. Such reports raise some questions about the extent to which current brothel owners, my piscataway escorts seeking law reform in this area, are more concerned about increasing their business turnover than they are about the rights of the battler.
The reported adrlaide in the sex industry also raises concerns over whether prostitution should be d or regulated. One part of the industry favours licensing while the other opts for regulation only.
In South Australia these two sides are represented by the Sex Reform Association, which supports licensing, and by the Sex Industry Network, which supports regulation The following quotes are sourced to the City Messenger, 2 Februaryp. Clearly, these two positions show that the direction of prostitution law reform in Adealide Australia is contested.
It is not simply the case that Mishawaka escorts Summers represents the progressive stance on the matter. Certainly, she has a ificant financial interest in the outcome of the law reform process on her own admission, yet her campaign is pitched to the suggestion that she represents the battler.
The politics of prostitution axelaide reform is far more complex than that.
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Adelaidd City Messenger article concludes:. This is not the perspective prostittuion gains from much of the reporting of the Stormy Summers campaign to date. As mentioned earlier, there are four Bills currently before parliament. The other three Bills — the Prostitution Regulation Billthe Prostitution Licensing Bill and the Prostitution Registration Bill — all seek to permit prostitution in various ways as their names suggest.
But all Bills share a common provision with respect spanking personals hickman kentucky the siting of brothels.
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One of the major criticisms of SIN with respect to the ability of small operators to run brothels is that they are often forced out to light industrial and commercial areas where property prices keep out small operators. Each adelaixe the three Bills, which would legalise prostitution in various ways, has the following provision:. By excluding brothels from residential areas — and areas in which residential use is to be encouraged — the proposed laws may well raise adepaide amount of capital required to operate a brothel through pushing brothels into industrial and commercial areas where property prices are higher.
This might do what SIN are in fear of — crush the cottage sex industry. In jaco beach worcester escorts a adelaied large brothel owners may well capture the market and cash in on the new laws.
In this way the proposed laws may plan out certain types of brothels and encourage the establishment of brothels backed by capital. It may be asked whether this degree of planning is really required with this cost attached to it. SIN support the requirement that brothels be located more adelajde metres from schools, churches and other places where children congregate although why a brothel metres away is a problem and one metres is not defeats reason.
What is really being objected to here by planning brothels out of residential areas? Presumably it is not the sexual activity itself, as one suspects — although I have no direct evidence — that sexual activity adelaids take place blonde escorts suburban residential Adelaide. If it is the noise levels which such premises generate through increased traffic then I do have some evidence I lived two doors away once from an illegal brothel that escorts abq lyss can be less noisy than the tenants who subsequently occupy the premises.
Of course, as with all such matters the permitted location of brothels has more to do with political sensitivities than with any rational concern about appropriate land use.
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When another illegal brothel opened in the street where I used to live in a reasonably affluent suburb of Adelaide one resident had to distribute pamphlets to other residents sierra pine escort inform them of its presence. For the most part I would suggest that most residents were as much concerned with whether 24 had illicit sex taking place inside as whether any other premises in the street was the site of tax evasion or stamp collecting.
As for increased traffic, the street had ample parking and certainly, being a small operation, there would have been limited increase in traffic flows in any case.
Perhaps there are other considerations that might be factored into the law to address the proper siting of brothels than a blanket prohibition on their locating in residential areas. It is of some concern that her campaign has not been more carefully analysed by the media as it raises adwlaide about:.
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Of greater concern is the degree to which such campaigns often mask other possible motives for the seeking of political office. In the case of prostitution law reform in South Australia it is argued that there is much at stake in the months to come as parliament debates the various Bills before it. It will be interesting to see whether the debate rises above slogans on t-shirts and deals with the various financial, health and social interests the players all have.