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Lawful sexual activity means a person’s status as a lawfully employed sex worker.

In Queensland (as in most states) it is unlawful to discriminate against a person because

The Anti-Discrimination Act 1991 makes it unlawful to discriminate against a person because of their lawful sexual activity.

Lawful sexual activity means a person’s status as a lawfully employed sex worker, whether or not self-employed.

 

What is discrimination based on lawful sexual activity?

It is being treated unfairly because you engage in lawful sex work. It may be unlawful depending on the circumstances.

Generally speaking, sex work is lawful if a person:

  • works as a sole operator visiting clients, or works out of their own home, and doesn’t work with or employ any staff, except for licensed security guards, or
  • works in a licensed brothel.

For more information and advice about this, contact the Prostitution Licensing Authority Link to external website, or Respect Inc.Link to external website

Examples

real estate agent refuses you private accommodation when he finds out your occupation.

A bank refuses to give you credit facilities when your occupation becomes known, despite your stable financial record.

The law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of lawful sexual activity is the Queensland Anti-Discrimination Act 1991 .

When and where can discrimination happen?

Unlawful discrimination on the basis of lawful sexual activity can happen at work, school or college, in a shop or a restaurant, looking for accommodation, buying property, applying for credit, insurance or a loan, or dealing with tradespeople, businesses or state or local government.

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