Sex workers prefer the term ‘sex work’ to ‘prostitution’, as sex work emphasises the labour involved. The term ‘prostitution’ is most often used by those who do not approve of sex work. Victoria’s current sex work laws date back to the Prostitution Control Act 1994. In 2011 the Victorian parliament changed the name to the Sex Work Act 1994, a positive move acknowledging sex work as labour. However, the related criminal laws remained unchanged.

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