AMA wants more regulation
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.