The rurality of sex : community resistance and objection to prostitution in rural and regional areas throughout Queensland

Gurd, Amy (2013) The rurality of sex : community resistance and objection to prostitution in rural and regional areas throughout Queensland. In Richards, Kelly & Tauri, Juan Marcellus (Eds.) Crime, Justice and Social Democracy : Proceedings of the Second International Conference, Crime and Justice Research Centre, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, QLD, pp. 77-83.

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Queensland legislation currently defines two legally recognised forms of prostitution: sex work conducted in a licensed brothel; or, sex work conducted privately by a sole operator.Despite prostitution’s legality in these contexts, it continues to be heavily controlled and restricted by authorities, while also being rejected by surrounding communities. Such resistance towards prostitution is demonstrated in Queensland where over 200 towns with populations of less than 25,000 have been successful in applying for exemption from the development of licensed brothels in those jurisdictions (Prostitution Licensing Authority 2012). Queensland’s legislative acknowledgement of prostitution as a legal act, while simultaneously allowing small communities to reject such activity, seems somewhat contradictory. This paper will provide a theoretical examination of common community objections to prostitution in modern society, determining whether such attitudes are applicable to communities in rural and regional Queensland towns. Additionally, this paper will incorporate an analysis of rural and urban areas via the ‘gemeinschaft‐gesellschaft’ dichotomy to understand the potential justification for opposing areas being subject to differential treatment under the law.

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ID Code: 72079
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: gender, sexuality and justice, Prostitution in Rural and Regional Areas
ISBN: 9780987467843
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > CRIMINOLOGY (160200)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Crime & Justice Research Centre
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Schools > School of Justice
Deposited On: 26 May 2014 01:03
Last Modified: 26 May 2014 21:56

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