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Military wives furious over captain’s proposal to send sex workers to front lines for stress relief

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Hell hath no fury like… an upset military wife.

Australian Army Capt. Sally Williamson clearly didn’t think things through when she recommended that prostitutes be sent to the front line to help troops “relieve stress.”

It’s also safe to say that Williamson is likely single.

The captain wrote an essay, titled “Sex and War – A Conversation Army Has To Have,” suggesting that the army “contract Australian male and female sex workers to service troops in forward operating bases and air bases,” The New York Post reported.

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Sex work is legal in Australia, though regulated differently throughout the country, according to The Post.

Williamson, who is currently serving in the Middle East, said sex not only could help with “loneliness or prolonged absence from family, friends, partners and spouses,” it may also make it easier for soldiers to adapt to a war zone.

And if that’s not enough incentive, Williamson said, “Improved intimacy and sexual interaction can help combat veterans with PTSD recovery.”

The piece was published on an official Australian Defence Force website, and gave the wives of soldiers another concern — infidelity — to add to the list of fears that include whether their spouses will come home alive.

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But the essay didn’t stay up long, lasting just 10 days before being taken down.

Jane Taylor — not her real name — is the wife of a soldier and no fan of “prostitutes prancing around the front line.”

“Every single day they’re away you worry,” she told With Her in Mind (WHIMN), the largest women’s network in Australia. “You worry about whether they’re coming home alive, about whether your kids are going to see their dad again. Every second you’re wondering if they’re alive.”

“The last thing we need is the added worry that your husband might get drunk one night and make a terrible mistake because they’re lonely and there’s easy sex nearby,” she said.

Taylor was adamant that in the long run, the effect it will have on marriages will only add to a soldier’s stress.

“It’s more stress they don’t need,” she said. “Suicide rates will go up. Divorce rates will go up because we aren’t going to put up with this.”

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The Department of Defence said Williamson’s essay was published in error and “does not reflect Defence policy.”

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Tom Tillison

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