Qld bans sex workers from operating out of motels

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Qld bans sex workers from operating out of motels

Prostitutes are banned from working from hotels and motels in Queensland, following changes to the Anti-Discrimination Act introduced to State Parliament.

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Prostitutes are banned from working from hotels and motels in Queensland, following changes to the Anti-Discrimination Act 1991 introduced to State Parliament.

The changes to the law follow a case in the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal in August where a sex worker was refused accommodation at a Moranbah motel.

The Gold Coast woman had booked the motel 17 times in two years, before the owner discovered she was bringing her clients there.

Discrimination
 
The sex worker took action for discrimination and won, but a compensation figure has not been set because the motel owner is appealing the decision.

There will be broader implications for the Queensland mining industry, which has created a demand for a fly-in, fly-out sex trade in remote areas of Queensland.

Mobile brothels could fill the demand, or the sex workers could shift their trade to caravan parks, but the privacy aspect for the prostitutes and clients could be affected.

Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie told parliament, on Thursday, the changes would give business owners the power to refuse to rent rooms to sex workers.

Evict them
 
‘Business owners can refuse a sex worker accommodation or evict them if they have reason to believe they are operating a business from their premises,’ he said.

‘The Government supports business owners’ ability to make decisions about what does or does not occur on their premises.’

‘If someone is running a business out of a hotel or motel room and the operator or manager receives complaints from other patrons they should be able to do something.’

Discrepancy
 
Bleijie said the change would correct a discrepancy between the Anti-Discrimination and Liquor Act.

‘The Liquor Act states a hotel or motel owner is prohibited from allowing someone to operate a private business from their premises,’ he said.
 
‘Now both pieces of legislation contain the same provisions to avoid future confusion.’

Bleijie said the changes are effective from today (02/11/12).
 
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