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Sex workers and their allies gathered outside NSW Parliament House on Friday to protest proposed new licensing laws for sex workers.
SEX WORKERS CALL FOR 'FAIR AND TRANSPARENT' REGULATION

in AUSTRALIA, 17/09/2012

Sex workers and their allies gathered outside NSW Parliament House on Friday to protest proposed new licensing laws which Scarlet Alliance, the Australian Sex Workers Association, says will place the health and safety of those involved in the sex industry at risk.

Late last year, the NSW Government indicated it would consider introducing a tougher licensing system for sex workers, similar to that in Victoria or Queensland. It followed media reports of investigations by the Australian Federal Police into criminal involvement and trafficking of persons in legal and illegal brothels in several states.

Sex worker groups are concerned the proposed laws would impose stringent conditions which would then create a “two-tiered sex industry” where up to 90 per cent of sex workers could be working outside the system creating even greater problems.

A day ahead of the weekend local government elections in NSW, Scarlet Alliance president Elena Jeffreys told SX it was also important for councils to step up and deliver fair and transparent regulation of sex work.

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