Section 15 Summary Offences Act – Living on Earnings of Prostitution


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The Legislation

Section 15 of the Summary Offences Act 1998 (NSW) is the criminal offence of Living on Earnings of Prostitution and is stated below.

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15 Living on earnings of prostitution

(1) A person shall not knowingly live wholly or in part on the earnings of prostitution of another person. Maximum penalty: 10 penalty units or imprisonment for 12 months.

(2) For the purposes of subsection (1), a person who is of or above the age of 18 years and who:
(a) lives with or is habitually in the company of, a reputed prostitute, and
(b) has no visible lawful means of support,
shall be taken knowingly to live wholly or in part on the earnings of prostitution of another person unless he or she satisfies the court before which he or she is charged with an offence under that subsection that he or she has sufficient lawful means of support.

(3) A person does not contravene subsection (1) by living wholly or in part on earnings derived from a brothel if the person owns, manages or is employed in the brothel.

(4) For the purposes of subsection (3), premises may constitute a brothel even though used by only one prostitute for the purposes of prostitution.