Scarlet News:

“Sex Workers Welcome CMC Report & Challenge Spence to Conform” 5 October 2006

Oct 4, 2006 | Media release, News

The Crime and Misconduct Commissions most recent inquiry into the sex industry has overwhelmingly found against the registration of private sex workers in Queensland.

The report, "Regulating Outcall Prostitution: Should Legal Outcall Prostitution Services Be Extended to Licensed Brothels and Independent Escort Agencies" also found that there were no convincing arguments to extend the licensed sex industry in Queensland.

Scarlet Alliance, The Australian Sex Worker Association, welcome the decision.

"The Crime and Misconduct Commission argues that the safety, independence and confidentiality of private workers is more important than the expansion of the licensed brothel sector in Queensland. It is now time for Police Minister Judy Spence to catch up," Janelle Fawkes, Manager, Scarlet Alliance said today.

The most recent legislatory reform in Queensland, the Prostitution Amendment Act 2006, passed in August, allows for the Prostitution Licensing Authority to register private workers via advertising regulations. However the Crime and Misconduct Commission has recommended against such a move. The Crime and Misconduct Commission instead urges the expansion of rights for sex workers, including the right to employ receptionists and drivers.

"We urge the Ministers’ staff to read the Crime and Misconduct Commission report and consider extending the safety, privacy and human rights of sex workers in Queensland, as the report suggests," Janelle Fawkes concluded today.