Is sex work (prostitution, escorting, etc) illegal in Australia:
The simple answer is no. A sole operator, working from their own home and exchanging sexual services for money is acting legally across all of Australia – with conditions on how they can advertise and if they can work with others or not, but if you’ve seen some saucy adverts for escorts in Australia and wondered if you could/should contact them, then we have good news for you! Woohoo!
The long answer as to what sex work is legal in Australia and to what extent is a bit more convoluted, as each state handles “prostitution” differently. In a general sense, sex work is decriminalized throughout Australia – so that’s a good first step. Next up, you need to see what is considered fine and dandy in each state:
[box icon=”heart”]Sex work in Victoria Australia[/box]
Street prostitution is illegal in Victoria so “Hop in my car, lets go for a ride” is probably not your best plan of action; that cute babe thumbing a ride… well she just might really need a ride. Brothels on the other hand are licensed and aye okay in Victoria; being in an unlicensed brothel can land you in jail for 1 month; second and third violations will result in harsher sentences. In a nutshell – sex work is legal in Victoria as long as it is with a licensed and regulated practitioner.
[box icon=”heart”]Sex work in New South Wales[/box]
Looking for a massage parlor with a happy ending? Look elsewhere. Sex work is legal and regulated in New South Wales but just like Victoria, basic rules abound, such as don’t solicit within view from a school, church, hospital or public place and saunas as well as photography studios, massage parlors and the like cannot double up as brothels! Advertising guidelines for escorts become tricky here – so you have to know what to look for when searching for one. No “massage parlors” here, aww. Stick to licensed and registered brothels, specialized service providers and you should be covered.
[box icon=”heart”]Sex work in Queensland[/box]
Looking for a visit from that lovely call girl your mate gave you the number for? Outcalls from brothels are illegal in Queensland (but individuals are free to do as they please, within reason) so you are going to have to visit yourself if you want to stay on the right side of the law. Prostitution in Queensland is regulated by the Prostitution Licensing Authority. There is also no sex in the champagne room! Alcohol cannot be served in brothels according to the Prostitution Act 1999.
[box icon=”heart”]Sex work in South Australia[/box]
You won’t be setting foot in a legal brothel in South Australia and the fight continues to decriminalize sex work. Commercial sex is not specifically illegal however there are a number of laws enacted to deter prostitution; especially with regards to brothels. We recommend some further in depth research to make sure that you remain within the parameters of the law. As the saying goes though; where there is a will, there is a way!
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[box icon=”heart”]Sex work in West Australia[/box]
Prostitution is legal in this state; however, just like South Australia brothels are illegal as is soliciting in public places and many of the same rules and regulations are in place. For further information about the “do nots” of prostitution in West Australia we recommend a read of the Prostitution Act 2000.
[box icon=”heart”]Sex work in Tasmania[/box]
Legalized and regulated. Self-employed operators are legal and most of the usual rules apply; no soliciting in public places, near schools, places of worship, etc. Brothels and street prostitution are also illegal with The Sex Industry Offenses Act regulating prostitution in Tasmania.
[box icon=”heart”]Sex work in ACT – Australian Capital Territory[/box]
People have been legally getting sex in exchange for payment in ACT since 1992 when prostitution was decriminalized. You will find a large number of registered brothels as well as escort agencies operating legally, freely and responsibly! Hurrah! Many of the rules are the same as in other states where brothels are legal and regulated.
[box icon=”heart”]Sex work in Northern Territory, Australia[/box]
Sole operators have the go ahead in Northern Territory where prostitution is decriminalized. Escort agencies are legal and escort agency workers are registered with the police but the prostitution industry is unregulated (if that’s the sort of thing that bothers you). Brothels and street prostitution on the other hand are not legal and soliciting in such places will put you in the crosshairs of law enforcement.
As you can see, each state has similar… but yet still vastly different laws. At its core however, is the notion that an individual sex worker is not committing a crime (as long as complying with all laws) and neither is the client, with some states being a lot more liberal than others. Nowadays, many people prefer to initiate contact with an escort through a website that has verified their identity/pictures; these are not escort agencies, you will be contacting the girl/guy of your dreams directly but you know that they have been “vetted” to some extent, and a reliable company leads to memorable moments without fear of accidentally mistyping outside the boundaries of often confusing laws.
This post has been sponsored by: Escorts and Babes – All opinions expressed are of those of Curious Mikki and his alone. Information regarding prostitution laws of each state sourced from Scarlet Alliance, CATWA and state government websites – over time this information may become outdated as new laws are passed and amended, please ensure you double check your own research into the matter. The term “prostitution”, where used instead of “sex work” has been used in the legal sense, in deference to the laws quoted in each paragraph and not in a derogatory manner.
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