Coalition Against Trafficking in Women Australia (CATWA), in a Feb. 2017 "Submission to the Legislative Council Select Committee on Human Trafficking in New South Wales," available from, wrote:

“[M]odels of complete decriminalization and legalization of the sex industry increase trafficking inflows by fostering demand for the sexual exploitation of women and girls…

Legalization or decriminalization of the sex industry is often touted as a way to weed out organized crime in the industry and reduce the associated illegal trafficking inflows. However, evidence shows that legalization / decriminalization only increases flows of women trafficked into the industry and provides a legitimate front for organized crime, while at the same time reducing police oversight of the industry.”

Feb. 2017