Do you want a brothel operating next door?
Earlier this year the Palaszczuk Government announced it will fully decriminalise prostitution in Queensland.
Until recently, sex workers (prostituted persons) have been liable for the offence of soliciting if they approached a prospective client in a public place. This situation changed with amendments that were bundled into the Child Protection (Offender Reporting and Offender Prohibition Order) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2022 and rammed through Parliament on the 24th of August 2023. Essentially these amendments, which came without notice, without committee scrutiny, and without public consultation, legalised street soliciting for the purpose of prostitution and weakened police powers to prosecute offences under remaining prostitution laws.
The Palaszczuk Government have said they are further committed to the full decriminalisation of the sex industry. This will mean:
- All advertising restrictions specific to the sex industry will be removed. The sex industry will be free to advertise their services on billboards, radio, TV, on the side of busses, etc.
- Accommodation providers won’t be allowed to refuse access to their premises by sellers of sex services.
- Local councils won’t be able to restrict brothels when considering local planning laws.
- Home based brothels will be given the same treatment as any other home ‘business’.
This means you could have a brothel operating next door.
Are you happy with this?
If not, the time to act is now! Please sign the following petition to let Queensland’s Attorney General know that you don’t want prostitution to be fully decriminalised in Queensland.
Queensland Director, Australian Christian Lobby
We the undersigned are deeply concerned about the Government’s plans for the full decriminalisation of prostitution in Queensland.
We reject the Queensland Law Reform Commission’s recommendations that treat prostitution like regular work. Prostitution is synonymous with sex trafficking, violence towards women, and organised crime. Full
decriminalisation will result in a larger sex industry which is shown to
increase these abhorrent consequences.
We reject the introduction of laws that will:
- Remove existing advertising restrictions specific to the sex industry –
allowing sex industry advertising on billboards, radio, TV, on the side of
busses, etc. This kind of advertising is proven to be harmful to children.
Its purpose is to increase prostitution and the size of Queensland’s sex
- Disallow accommodation providers the right to refuse access to their
premises by sellers of sex services for the purpose of prostitution.
- Prevent local councils from restricting brothels when considering local
- Allow home based brothels to be given the same treatment as other
We will remember the Government’s decision when Queensland goes to the polls in 2024.