Section 17 Summary Offences Act – Allowing Premises to be Used for Prostitution


Section 17 of the Summary Offences Act 1998 (NSW) is the criminal offence of Allowing Premises to be Used for Prostitution and is stated below.

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The Legislation

17 Allowing premises to be used for prostitution

(1) A person, being the owner, occupier or manager, or a person assisting in the management, of any premises held out as being available:
(a) for the provision of massage, sauna baths, steam baths or facilities for physical exercise, or
(b) for the taking of photographs, or
(c) as a photographic studio,
or for services of a like nature, shall not knowingly suffer or permit the premises to be used for the purpose of prostitution or of soliciting for prostitution. Maximum penalty: 50 penalty units or imprisonment for 12 months.

(2) A conviction under subsection (1) does not exempt the offender from any penalty or other punishment to which he or she may be liable for keeping or being concerned in keeping a disorderly house, or for the nuisance occasioned by it.