Victorian government to decriminalise sex work after review hears of exploitation (via The Guardian Aust).

This is brilliant news and I look forward to reading more on and about the decision over the next few weeks so I can break it down further on this blog.

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/jun/30/victorian-government-to-decriminalise-sex-work-after-review-hears-of-exploitation

Update 28th Aug 2021, again from The Guardian Aust;

“The Queensland government has taken the first step toward decriminalising sex work, asking the law reform commission to review and investigate the regulation of a new framework for the industry.

It comes a week after legislation to decriminalise sex work was tabled in the Victorian parliament.

The Queensland attorney general, Shannon Fentiman, told AAP on Saturday:

Feedback from the sector has been that current laws criminalise safety strategies used by sex workers.

A key focus of this review is the safety of workers and putting in place proper regulation so the industry doesn’t operate in the shadows.

Sex workers shouldn’t have to choose between working legally and being safe at work.

The Queensland Law Reform Commission will consult with workers and licensees, their representative bodies and other stakeholders as part of the process.

There are currently two legal forms of regulated sex work in Queensland: services provided in a licensed brothel, not including outcalls from the premises; and those provided by sole operators in-house or as outcalls.

Any other form of sex work is illegal including services provided by escort agencies, unlicensed brothels, massage parlours, street workers and two or more sex workers operating from a single premises.

The commission will provide its report, including any draft legislation required by 27 November 2022″.

Finally, sex-work is finding a legal & sensible place in this country.

I welcome this long overdue change.


Cheers
AES

The Police, Roxanne

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