23 Jun 2005

PNG minister says a regulated sex industry could help control the spread of HIV/AIDS

10:31 am on 23 June 2005

Papua New Guinea's Community Development Minister says parliamentarians should look at allowing a regulated adult sex industry to combat youth prostitution and the spread of HIV/AIDS,.

Lady Carol Kidu made the comment in response to a question on the growth of brothels behind restaurants.

She says while prostitution is illegal in PNG, the commercial sex industry is a reality and will not go away.

Lady Carol says lawmakers should look at Queensland's legislation which allows for a regulated adult entertainment industry but makes soliciting for sex on the streets illegal.

She says this needs to be considered because PNG now has an HIV/AIDS epidemic.