In NSW, the law defines a brothel (sex services premises) very broadly. They are premises that:
If sexual services are advertised or available in any premises, they are legally defined as a brothel, no matter what the business is set up for—and even if the premises are only used by one sex worker.
So a brothel may include:
For more information: See 'What a sexual service is' to read about what could be considered sexual services under the law.
The definition of a brothel was changed in 2007 to make it easier for councils to prove premises are operating as brothels. Now, premises that have been specifically advertised or represented as being used for prostitution, and that have been, or are likely to be, used for prostitution, are considered as a brothel.
Councils can use advertisements to declare premises a ‘brothel’—even where there is only one sex worker.
Councils can close down a business if it is operating without permission.
For more information: See 'A guide to local councils' to read about council powers and how to get permission to operate as a brothel or sex services premises.
NOTE: It does not matter what you personally think your work or workplace is, if sexual services are provided it is legally defined as a brothel.