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Queensland to decriminalise sex work as review recommends new advertising rules

Eden Gillespie reports for The Guardian (24.4.23) on the state government’s announcement that it supported most of the recommendations in a Queensland Law Reform Commission review of the sex work industry, including fully decriminalising and regulating sex work.

‘Queensland will decriminalise sex work after a long-awaited review recommended sweeping changes to the industry to combat violence, discrimination and exploitation.
‘A landmark review into sex work by the Queensland Law Reform Commission has made 47 recommendations, including scrapping the Prostitution Licensing Authority, repealing some police powers and allowing services to be advertised on radio and TV.
‘The QLRC also recommended that sex workers not be singled out for public soliciting or street-based sex work, and said planning rules should allow services to operate away from industrial zones.
‘While sex work is under a licensing framework in Queensland, about 90% of sex workers are in the “unlawful sector” privately or at unlicensed businesses.’

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