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Home Occupation or Brothel? Selling Sex from Home in New South Wales

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This article engages with the question of whether or not sex work in the home should be regulated in the same way as large commercial brothels or as home occupations. Underlying concerns about sex services premises generally are that they are criminogenic, disorderly and exploitative of women. This article draws upon original research of surveys of people living in the vicinity of sex services premises, interviews with sex workers and service providers, and council records of complaint to argue that, on the contrary, home occupations (sex services) can operate lawfully with minimal amenity impacts, and that this type of business can provide a positive work environment. We recommend that sex work in the home in New South Wales should be regulated in the same way as other home occupations.

Keywords: Planning; home business; prostitution

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Faculty of Law,University of Technology, Sydney,BroadwayNSW, Australia 2: Institute of Sustainable Futures, University of Technology, Sydney,BroadwayNSW, Australia

Publication date: 2012-06-01

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