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Prostitution laws in Australia

Trends & issues in crime and criminal justice no. 22

Susan Pinto, Anita Scandia and Paul Wilson
ISBN 0 642 15435 X ISSN 0817-8542
Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology, May 1990


The laws relating to prostitution in each State and Territory in Australia include laws punishing prostitutes, laws punishing prostitution related activities, and laws punishing clients. The authors compare the practice of these laws with legislative intent, providing the perspectives of both police and prostitutes. The paper highlights the need for change and explores four policy options: criminalisation, legalisation, decriminalisation and decriminalisation with controls.