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Sunday, January 01, 2006

Brothels banned under tough new laws. 01/01/2006. ABC News Online

Brothels banned under tough new laws. 01/01/2006. ABC News Online

Legislation outlawing brothels in Tasmania comes into effect today.

The controversial Sex Industry Offences Act was passed by the House of Assembly late last year.

Anyone found running a brothel can be fined up to $80,000 and jailed for up to eight years.

Clients can also be fined $10,000 and jailed for a year.

There are also fines for people who supply drugs to prostitutes, and for adults who lure children into prostitution.

Brothels may be closing, but up to two sex workers are still allowed to operate from a private home.

The legislation will be reviewed in 2009.
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