QLD Legal Age You Can Hire Prostitute

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  1. John3456

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    Hi all. Was just wondering what the legal age is for hiring an escort. Is it 16 as in the legal age of consent or 18? Thanks very much.
     
  2. Scruff

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    Even the simplest exchange of money for service is a contract, therefore engaging an escort service always involves a contract of some form.

    In general, minors (people under 18) can only enter into contracts that involve "necessites" and be bound by those contracts. So since an escort service is not a "necessity", the minimum age to enter into such a contract would be 18.

    Obviously, this doesn't mean that it doesn't happen - but it does mean that the contract would not be enforcable if either party fails to fulfil their part of it.
     
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  3. Rob Legat - SBPL

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    To make Scruff’s answer a little clearer, and add to it:
    - Prostitution is allowed in Queensland but heavily regulated. A single sex worker on their own is permitted. Any more than that is an illegal brothel unless licensed.
    - You have to be 18 to be on the premises of a licensed brothel.
    - Soliciting prostitution in an illegal brothel is illegal regardless of age, as is soliciting in a public place (I.e. street workers).
    - As long as you’re at least 16, I can’t see any prohibition against engaging with a solo sex worker. While the contract is ‘unenforceable’ it doesn’t mean you can’t do it as long as both parties are agreeable.

    Interestingly, at least from a lawyer’s point of view I suppose, a prostitute in Queensland does not have to be 18 to provide sex work - but if the client knows or reasonably suspects the worker is not 18 then they’ve committed a crime.
     
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  4. John3456

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    Thank you both for your replys.
     
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