Academic and former judge Marcia Neave headed an inquiry into sex work in Victoria in 1985. Marcia Neave’s recommendation 9.46 called for the removal of criminal penalties applying to one or two self-employed sex workers offering appointments from a private residence. She argued this would reduce exploitation in the sex industry. This recommendation was not adopted when Victoria introduced the Sex Work Act in 1994. As a result, self-employed sex workers in Victoria providing services from their private residences face serious criminal penalties.
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