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Coalition Against Trafficking in Women Australia (CATWA) Biography

Con to the question "Should Prostitution Be Legal?"

“When state governments legalise prostitution they say that this will solve a number of problems from organised crime and corruption to street prostitution. In fact, the opposite is the case.

1. Legalisation does not control the prostitution industry. It expands it…
2. Legalisation increases sex trafficking…
3. Legalisation of prostitution promotes organised crime and corruption…
4. Legalisation leads to increases in street prostitution and harms communities…
5. Legalisation creates ‘pimp states’…
6. Legalisation of prostitution means legalisation of violence against women…
7. Legalised prostitution prevents the equality of all women.”

“7 Reasons for Not Legalising Prostitution,”, 2012


“The Coalition Against Trafficking in Women Australia (CATWA) is the Australian branch of CATW International, a Non Governmental Organization having Category II consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council. We work locally and internationally to end all forms of sexual exploitation of women, especially the violence of prostitution, trafficking and pornography. We are a secular and feminist organisation.”

“About CATWA,” (accessed Feb. 9, 2018)



  • to promote a recognition that all forms of trafficking and sexual exploitation are an abuse of universal human rights and constitute severe discrimination.
  • to bring international attention to all forms of sexual exploitation, including trafficking in women, prostitution, pornography, mail order bride selling, incest and rape.
  • to gain legislation in Australia to decriminalise prostituted women and penalise the men who abuse women in prostitution.
  • to develop strategies to support women leaving prostitution.
  • to pressure government to resource exit programs and refuges to support women leaving prostitution.
  • to be pro-woman and support women’s struggle for dignity and survival whether they are in or outside the sex industry.”

“About CATWA,” (accessed Feb. 9, 2018)

Non-governmental organization (NGO)
Quoted in:
  1. Does Legal Prostitution Lead to Human Trafficking and Slavery?