Section 19A Summary Offences Act – Soliciting Prostitutes by Clients


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The Legislation

Section 19A of the Summary Offences Act 1998 (NSW) is the criminal offence of Soliciting Prostitutes by Clients and is stated below.

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19A Soliciting prostitutes by clients

(1) A person in a road or road related area must not, near or within view from a dwelling, school, church or hospital, solicit another person for the purpose of prostitution. Maximum penalty: 6 penalty units or imprisonment for 3 months.

(2) A person must not, in a school, church or hospital, solicit another person for the purpose of prostitution. Maximum penalty: 6 penalty units or imprisonment for 3 months.

(3) A person must not, in or near, or within view from, a dwelling, school, church, hospital or public place, solicit another person, for the purpose of prostitution, in a manner that harasses or distresses the other person. Maximum penalty: 8 penalty units or imprisonment for 3 months.

(4) The provisions of this section are in addition to, and do not derogate from, any other law (including section 4).

(5) In this section:
(a) a reference to a person who solicits another person for the purpose of prostitution is a reference to a person who does so as a prospective client of a prostitute, and
(b) a reference to soliciting includes a reference to soliciting from a motor vehicle, whether moving or stationary.