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    Minister for Police & Corrective Services
    The Honourable Judy Spence

    Tuesday, March 28, 2006

    NEW BILL CONTINUES PROSTITUTION LAW REFORM

    Minister for Police & Corrective Services
    The Honourable Judy Spence

    Tuesday, March 28, 2006

    NEW BILL CONTINUES PROSTITUTION LAW REFORM

    Police Minister Judy Spence has introduced to State Parliament a Bill that will continue prostitution law reform in Queensland, ensuring the viability of the legal industry and reducing incentives for illegal operators.

    Ms Spence said the Prostitution Amendment Bill 2006 would make a number of amendments to existing laws in response to a Crime and Misconduct Commission review of the Prostitution Act.

    Police Minister Judy Spence said the amendments implementing the CMC’s review were part of the government’s continued focus to minimise the opportunities for organised crime and better ensure the safety of workers and clients.

    Ms Spence said the Bill would make it illegal to ask a brothel worker for sex, including oral sex, without a condom.

    “The existing Act prevents a prostitute from engaging in sexual intercourse or oral sex without using a condom, however this amendment will make it an offence to also ‘offer’ oral sex or intercourse without a condom,” Ms Spence said.

    “Coercing a brothel worker to engage in unsafe sexual practices will not be tolerated.

    “This Bill will also endorse the CMC’s recommendation to increase the number of sex workers from five to eight to lessen some of the workplace health and safety issues faced by workers.

    “This change will not increase the number of rooms or customers, it will just allow the brothel workers to have a break between clients.

    “It will also enable a licensed brothel to permit up to eight workers to provide services at any one time at a five room brothel.”

    Ms Spence said the Bill contained amendments that would encourage health professionals to disclose information about sex workers who they consider may have impaired intellectual capacity.

    Changes would also include allowing licensed brothels to display a licence number instead of personal details of the licensee, to avoid the risk of them being harassed by a disgruntled client.

    Other amendments will include:

    • streamlining administration requirements of the industry, such as extending the time required to process licence applications from one to three months;
    • extending the manager licence period from one to three years;
    • prescribing a clear process for the Prostitution Licensing Authority to make every effort to expedite the processing of advertising requests.

    “The Crime and Misconduct Commission will be required to review and report on its effectiveness after three years,” Ms Spence said.

    “In the CMC’s report released in December 2004, it found Queensland’s system of regulation was possibly the best in the world.

    “These further amendments will ensure we remain as a world’s best practice model.

    “These changes will help maintain the balance between industry viability and the community’s interests.”

    Ms Spence said the Bill would implement 17 of the CMC’s recommendations, with a regulation to be developed over the next six months to address many of the other recommendations raised.

    The CMC is currently reviewing escort services and its report will be subject to further consideration.

    Media contact: Alison Smith 3239 6218 / 0439 673 287