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Working Privately

Working privately can be rewarding. It gives you the chance to choose your own hours and clients, and keep all your earnings without having to split them with a parlour or agency.

That said, you will be responsible for the services that are usually provided by parlours and agencies, such as advertising, transport and supplies. You may also need to take steps and precautions to keep yourself safe, as you may not have the same level of security and support.

Private sex workers are covered by the same laws as brothels—unless they only do out calls or escort work.

The law in NSW defines a brothel as any place ‘used for the purposes of prostitution’ even if used ‘by only one’ sex worker. So a private sex worker’s premises is defined as being a brothel. Whether you work in a property you own or rent, or have a separate place for work, your premises may be regulated by the local council’s planning policies. It may be ’illegal’ in that location, or you may have to seek council approval.

For more information on the definition of a brothel and the role of councils, download the Sex Industry Legal Kit, or give us a call on SWOPconnect. Stay in the loop, and sign up for our Private Workers e-List below: