WA Government gets tough on prostitution, brothels in residential areas

PerthNow November 25, 2010
PROSTITUTION will be banned from residential areas in WA and clients caught on unlicensed premises could face fines or jail under proposed laws. Police will also get extra powers to shut down illegal brothels under the law reforms proposed by the state government. Under the proposals, clients having sex with persons coerced into prostitution would face jail whether they knew the person was coerced or not. WA Attorney-General Christian Porter announced the planned changes on Thursday, saying prostitutes would also be encouraged and supported to leave the industry. `What we are trying to achieve first and foremost by this scheme is to get prostitution out of suburban and residential areas,” he said. `It will be clearly unlawful to have a prostitution business in such areas and we expect it will be very seriously policed with a range of new powers.”