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SEX workers are complaining that their work is being hamstrung by ludicrous laws in Queensland that police what they can and cannot say to potential clients. Government published advertising regulations for sex workers in the Sunshine State are some of the most draconian in Australia and go into an almost perverse level of detail.
Phrases sex workers could get arrested for using in ads includes seemingly innocuous terms such as "natural," "tasty," "kissable" and "sweet nectar". The taxpayer-funded list reaches its peak of absurdity by specifically ruling out the term "Mistress Squirt A Lot" as well as banning "Spanish Beauty" unless the sex worker is, indeed, Spanish.
And should a sex worker wish to advertise their wares by writing it from an aircraft in the sky, well that's banned too. A sex worker stating they offer oral sex is prohibited, but oddly, saying they specifically do not offer oral sex is just fine. But, fear not, the guidelines from the Queensland Government's Prostitution Licensing Authority PLA also lists words that are fine to use including "magic hands," "dominatrix," and "man action".
A sex worker rights advocate has labelled the rules "nutty" and "wacky" which only serve to push the industry underground. Meanwhile, a sex worker from NSW, where the rules are far more chilled , has told news. The regulations were last updated in but their prescriptiveness is once again in the spotlight after a ruling in the US that led to a slew of websites shutting down that Australian sex workers had used for advertising.
This may force many into using dating apps to find clients where the back and forth interaction could see Queensland sex workers unintentionally break the law. Sex work is legal across Australia with the exception of South Australia but the regulations vary immensely between states.
In NSW, prostitution is completely decriminalised meaning sex workers can work in brothels, from hotels or homes, on their own or in groups and there are only limited restrictions on advertising. It's a different story north of the Tweed River where the Government has a forest of red tape to keep a firm grip on the red light industry that even includes sex workers not being able to work in pairs - even having a receptionist is illegal. But it's the ad regulations, stemming from the Prostitution Act , that really raises eyebrows.
The public body demands ads "do not offend community expectations", a bar that goes beyond legal requirements from other industries. All other descriptions are prohibited. Helpfully, the Government lists words that can be used. The Government says its public servants must vet any ads that depict tools used in "Cock and Ball Torture". A PLA spokesman told news. The organisation said the guidelines had existed in some form for more than a decade and applied to all forms of advertising, including apps.
Kim, a sex worker from NSW, said she found herself in trouble in when she headed to Queensland for work. While in her ad for Queensland clients she tried to stay between the sex flags, police pounced because she had a link to her more explicit NSW website. More stories from New South Wales. If you have inside knowledge of a topic in the news, contact the ABC. ABC teams share the story behind the story and insights into the making of digital, TV and radio content.
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