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


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Section 17 of the Summary Offences Act 1988 (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.

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