AMA wants more reg­u­la­tion

Canning Times - - NEWS -

AMA (WA) pres­i­dent Omar Khor­shid said WA should look into reg­u­lat­ing the state’s sex in­dus­try to pro­tect the health of both sex work­ers and their clients.

“We need to ac­cept the fact that pros­ti­tu­tion does and will con­tinue to ex­ist in WA, and reg­u­lat­ing the in­dus­try could safe­guard the health of both sex work­ers and clients,” Dr Khor­shid said.

“Cur­rent leg­is­la­tion fo­cuses largely on sex work­ers op­er­at­ing out of broth­els, how­ever a vast ma­jor­ity of sex work­ers opt to work pri­vately. Leg­is­la­tion should be up­dated to re­flect this shift.

“The AMA (WA) will dis­cuss the is­sue with the Min­is­ter for Health to de­ter­mine what can be done to im­prove the health and well­be­ing of both work­ers and clients.”

Health Min­is­ter Roger Cook’s of­fice said leg­isla­tive re­spon­si­bil­ity for de­crim­i­nal­i­sa­tion of pros­ti­tu­tion did not sit solely with the Min­is­ter for Health and would need dis­cus­sion with the At­tor­ney Gen­eral and Po­lice Min­is­ter.

Opposition Leader Mike Na­han was un­avail­able for com­ment but his of­fice said it was not an is­sue that had been con­sid­ered at a party level at this stage.

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