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Australia Legal Brothel

03/10/2022 | objavio Radio Gradačac

When regulating brothels, like other local businesses, the Victorian Parliament proposes to reduce stigma and discrimination and give sex workers more freedom of choice in choosing their jobs. Receiving services from a brothel is punishable by up to $17,300 and/or one year in prison. Prostitution in brothels and individual operators was legalised in Queensland in 1999 with the Prostitution Act 1999. The law was amended in 2010. Brothels are licensed by the Prostitution Licensing Authority (PLA). Street prostitution, unlicensed brothels, prostitution in massage parlours and visits to licensed brothels remain illegal. Prostitution comes in various forms and its legality varies from country to country (sometimes even from state or county to state). This inconsistency reflects the wide range of national views that exist on prostitution issues, including exploitation, gender roles, ethics and morals, freedom of choice and social norms. Remember that when visiting brothels or massage parlors that offer sexual services, all sexual activities must be performed by mutual consent. Learn more about sex and consent in New South Wales.

Section 190 of the Western Australian Penal Code makes it a criminal offence to run or manage a brothel or to make a living from prostitution. There is a maximum sentence of 3 years` imprisonment. Brothels are illegal in South Australia, as is courting in public places, receiving money from someone else`s prostitution and pimping. Recently, there have been several attempts to decriminalize prostitution, most recently in July 2015, when The Act Amendment (Decriminalization of Sex Work) was introduced in the House of Lords in 2015. Two speeches, one by the member who introduced the bill and the other by a member who opposed it, are here. In the first speech, there is a useful summary of the various legislative attempts at decriminalization over the years. For example, sex workers in many neo-abolitionist countries have found loopholes that have allowed prostitution to flourish despite seemingly strict laws – for example, prostitutes can offer a completely legal service, such as a dance session that happens to be led to a sexual act as an off-clock bonus. Similarly, local law enforcement agencies often take the opposite stance on prostitution. Especially in tourist areas, local law enforcement is often tolerant of prostitution, despite laws that prohibit it.

Conversely, law enforcement can harass, shake or even abuse sex workers in countries that have legalized prostitution. This allows brothels to operate, but requires licenses with often strict conditions. Sometimes, when men became too intrusive, Laticia abandoned herself by the law. She shrugs her shoulders: “The police, as soon as they find out you`re a worker, they don`t care. They think it`s your fault to get into this industry. None of the girls claim to have been victims of violence in Langtrees, and the brothel will only hire girls who are legally allowed to work in the country. In one of the most progressive approaches in the world, prostitution in Germany is legal, organized and taxed. Germany also allows brothels, advertisements and the treatment of prostitution jobs by personnel companies. In 2016, Germany passed the Law on the Protection of Prostitutes, which aimed to protect the legal rights of prostitutes. Part of the law requires a permit for all prostitution professions and a registration certificate for all prostitutes. Brothels are legal in New South Wales and Victoria, where they are decriminalised without the need for a licence.

Brothels in Washington State, South Africa, Tasmania are still illegal, while brothels in the Northwest Territories, Queensland and the ACT have been partially decriminalized with a licensing model and strict conditions. In February 2022, Victoria became the third jurisdiction in Australia (NSW and NT are the other two) to decriminalise all aspects of the sex industry. The Sex Work Decriminalization Act (2022) implements full decriminalization in two stages. The first phase, which will take place once the bill comes into force, is to repeal or amend parts of the Sex Work Act and to amend other laws. In particular, street work will no longer be illegal and various sanitary measures such as the use of condoms will no longer apply. The second phase, which is expected to be completed by December 2023, includes the effective repeal of the Sex Work Act, as well as various amendments to other laws. The repeal of the Sex Work Act repeals the registration of sex work enterprises and allows the sale of alcohol in brothels.

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