18 August, 2009

Prostitution laws 'failing sex workers'

By Jonathon Hall
Posted Sat Aug 15, 2009 7:38am AEST Updated Sat Aug 15, 2009 7:55am AEST

A study has found only 10 per cent of Queensland's prostitution industry is regulated. Queensland's prostitution laws are failing to protect sex workers, and are forcing them into illegal brothels, a team of Brisbane academics has found.
Former premier Peter Beattie introduced the Prostitution Act in December 1999 which allowed boutique brothels with up to five rooms.
At the time he said if such rules had been in place there never would have been a Fitzgerald Inquiry, which had detailed the link between illegal prostitution and organised crime.
The new law established the Prostitution Licensing Authority to oversee the sex industry.
But almost 10 years since the Prostitution Act was passed, a major study has found the laws are failing...

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