Respect Inc. Submission Victorian Law Reform Review July 2020 | Respect QLD

This submission discusses how Victoria and Queensland are similar in many ways in how the legislation around sex work makes it impossible to operate safely and within the law. 

The stated purpose of the Sex Work Act 1994 ‘is to seek to control sex work in Victoria’. The purpose fails to recognise sex work as work and makes no attempt to support the legal, human or workplace health and safety rights of sex workers.

Recommendations from this review should provide guidance on the purpose of new legislation, including that it supports the legal, human and workplace health and safety rights of sex workers.

The submission discusses mandatory testing and why we don’t need it and can self-regulate, based on best-practice models of voluntary testing.

It includes a discussion of street-based work, licensing and advertising legislation. 

Full submission here
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