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QLD Australian Law - Advertising Wet Nurse Jobs?

Discussion in 'Other/General Law Forum' started by Nursemaid, 11 April 2016.

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  1. Nursemaid

    Nursemaid Member

    11 April 2016
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    Being a wet nurse was a common job many years ago in a variety of cultures, so please don't get all squeamish and weird on me, ok?

    I am in a position to offer breastmilk to babies who need it. I have joined a milk bank and I donate, but in addition, I have been asked by a mum who has feeding issues if I would wet nurse her baby privately, with her paying me a fee.

    I am aware based on as much research I can find, that the sale of human milk is classed as selling body parts, which is illegal in AU. Of course, it would be nice to be renumerated for my time, travel and my expenses etc, but I don't want to get into legal trouble for doing so.

    If it came to the point where I wanted to advertise my services to others in the same situation as this lady, I am worried I might be arrested for sale of human parts! I don't want that, I just want to help people who need it.

    My general questions / thoughts are:

    Can I advertise under Australian Law or is that too risky?
    Can I accept a gift, voucher, gift card etc instead of money or is that still the same as being paid ?

    Note at this stage, my questions are not related to contracts and fine details, I would get to that level of detail later if things went ahead. I am specifically asking if I can even look towards getting an arrangement off the ground first, before I do anything else, so please don't ask if I have a contract in place, etc, we are nowhere near that far advanced.

    Thank you for any mature answers that you can offer.

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