BENEDICT BARTL is Solicitor at Tenants’ Union of Tasmania.
The Tasmanian government is once again considering reform of the sex industry with the release earlier this year of the Regulation of the Sex Industry in Tasmania Discussion Paper. The discussion follows a review of the Sex Industry Offences Act 2005 and criticism by a number of key stakeholders that the Act has not been effective in protecting sex workers against exploitation. Specifically, the review found that the current model, in which brothels are illegal but working as a sex worker is not, was incompatible with the need to safeguard public health, prevent exploitation of minors and protect sex workers from violence and intimidation. Recommendations currently open for discussion; include decriminalisation, regulation or licensing of the industry. The Discussion Paper can be accessed at http://www.justice.tas.gov.au and submissions will be accepted until 9 March 2012.
- Category: DUAO - 2012 - Vol 37(1)