Ads selling 'unlawful' unprotected sex referred to police: Health Minister

Sex workers are often pressured into provided unprotected sex, Women Speak Tasmania says.ABC News

Advertisements in a Hobart newspaper for unprotected sex services have been referred to police, Tasmania's Health Minister Michael Ferguson says.

Two ads promoting "natural" services currently running in The Mercury's adult services section have sparked concern about the spread of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in the community.

Women Speak Tasmania spokeswoman Bronwyn Williams said "natural" was code for oral, vaginal or anal sex without a condom or other protective device.

"We are concerned these advertisements are offering services that directly contravene the provisions of the Sex Industry Offences Act," she said.

"As well as the obvious risk to the health of the women involved, the potential for spread of STIs in the wider community as result of these practices is a significant public health concern."

Ms Williams said sex workers were often pressured to provide unprotected sex, despite it being illegal.

"These advertisements make it clear that the law is being blatantly ignored," she said.

She said the group had written to the State Government expressing its concern.

Mr Ferguson said he had referred the matter to Tasmania Police.

"I have been contacted by that organisation and I take that concern very seriously," he said.

"I've referred it to police for their advice on what to do next, because that would be against the law if it is true."

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