In NSW, the law says that prostitution or sex work is sexual intercourse with another person, or masturbation of another person, using any part of the body or an object—for payment. Masturbation includes hand jobs and body slides.
Many of the legal definitions of a sexual service are not clear and are open to the interpretation of local council staff, the courts and police.
Sexual intercourse is defined as putting any part of the body or an object into another person’s vagina or anus—except where it is done as part of a proper medical procedure. An object could include toys such as dildos or vibrators.
Oral sex—the stimulation of the penis or vagina using the mouth—is also considered sexual intercourse.
Hand jobs and body slides are sexual services. Nude massage and other services may be defined as a sexual service by the police, council workers or courts.
Services offered by sex workers are negotiated and consensual—or agreed by both the sex worker and the client. Clients request all sorts of services from sex workers, such as:
Remember: if sexual services are available in a workplace, the premises may legally be defined as a brothel.