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Open Letter To The Premier of NSW, Mr Morris Iemma

The Big Bosses of the sex industry have misled you into helping them shut down their competition. The Adult Business Association (ABA) has led a scare campaign against the smaller, independent brothels and home based independent workers, who have not been able to have Development Applications approved by Local Councils. This is mostly due to;

1) Many Local Councils refusing ALL Development Applications for sex industry businesses
and
2) Lack of money to over-ride local council decisions through the Land and Environment Court

This has led to only the "big business" brothels who can afford the court costs to acquire approved DA's.

The recent changes made by your government with the Brothels Amendment Act has only served to help the "big businesses" of the sex industry shut down their competition. In recent media, the ABA has declared war on those brothels who could not afford to take their local councils to court to enforce the approval of DA's, where the "moral hysteria" has prevented any sex industry businesses in their area being approved.

The approval of a DA only shows that the Brothel Owner has enough money, not that they are a good employer and that they treat their staff, the sex workers, properly. There is no evidence that the health and safety of workers and clients are any better in DA approved premises those without.

This campaign by moralistic councils intent of eliminating the sex trade totally from their areas, and the big bosses of the sex trade helping to remove their competition, only serves to drive a large part of the industry underground, making the working conditions more dangerous for the sex workers, the men and women who work in the industry and also opening up for renewed police &/or council corruption.

In addition to this, the current definition of Brothel also includes some small home based business's (where there are 2 or more home based sex workers) which are also a target of these new laws, potentially unfairly evicting people from their homes.

We demand that the NSW Government changes the definition of Brothel to exclude all home based work and compel the Local Councils to fully implement the Sex Services Premises Planning Guidelines & to treat the sex services industry in a similar manner to other commercial enterprises.

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  • 19 December 201550. Courtney I
    Unfortunately because of the slimy business tactics used by these owners, these brothels often attract a steady stream of clients. These slimy tactics include : refunding half the price paid for a service (money always confiscated from the workers wages a
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    Uphold the original intent of the 1995 planning reforms ....act on evidence based amenity realities. Occupation town planning adviser Suburb Drlinghurst
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  • 30 October 201542. Blake S
    Fairs Fair.. Workers are workers, and sex worker should be regulated like any other industry, and given the same standards! Occupation Union Organiser Suburb Newtown
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  • 29 September 201539. Benjamin Patrickm
    Your elected to lead and represent ALL Australians, even those your neo-conservative Christian morals dont agree with. Occupation Student Suburb Wyong
  • 16 September 201538. Madeline T
    ; insist workers continue to work despite physical illness or emotional fatigue ; insist workers socialize with clients for extended periods of time without guarantee the client will actually book the worker ; and to search the personal property of worker
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  • 04 August 201534. Saul I
    It is disgraceful that local councils are now the bullying pimps for big brothel bosses Occupation sex worker Suburb 2044
  • 03 August 201533. Spencer Lozano
    Sex Workers have families to support, and have lives. They are human beings, and deserve to be treated as such, not as second class citizens. It's time Australia woke up in regards to sex worker's rights. They are HUMAN.
  • 03 August 201532. Sabina N
    Protect the rights of sex workers to choose a safe place to work. Make sex work safe and legal. Stop targeting sex workers and hassle the real crims!.
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  • 17 January 201524. Tamsin B
    Mr Iemma, NSW has many examples of how increased powers to council ups the likelihood of corruptive practices, undermining sex workers access to civil, human, industrial, economic, cultural livelihood. Please wake up to the fact the changes passed with th

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Isabelle AndrewsBy:
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NSW Premier Mr Iemma

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