Richard Poulin, PhD, Professor of Sociology at the University of Ottawa, wrote in his article titled "The Legalization of Prostitution and Its Impact on Trafficking in Women and Children," posted Feb. 6, 2005 on

“Although there was a belief that legalization would make possible control of the sex industry, the illegal industry is now ‘out of control’. Police in Victoria [Australia] estimate that there are 400 illegal brothels as against 100 legal ones. Trafficking in women and children from other countries has increased significantly. The legalization of prostitution in some parts of Australia has thus resulted in a net growth of the industry. One of the results has been the trafficking in women and children to ‘supply’ legal and illegal brothels. The ‘sex entrepreneurs’ have difficulty recruiting women locally to supply an expanding industry, and women from trafficking are more vulnerable and more profitable.”

Feb. 6, 2005